New paths create new memories

Hey Folks, There is nothing more joyful and pure than observing children in their natural environment and doing what children do best, which is to play! It’s pretty fascinating on how a child’s play start one way and seamlessly transition into something else, and then again and again. This morning our students discovered bum slide…

The Sounds of Forest School

The forest was alive with the sound of…Forest School! If you were a squirrel scampering around in the Memorial Park forest today, some of the things you might have heard include: -the excited cheers of pirates as they searched for treasure -homemade fishing rods being cast to catch some “snow fish” -birch and beech trees…

Minus Whatever…!

From bluebird days to some of the coldest we’ve had this year, we saw it all this week.  And the one thing they all had in common?? Huge smiles at the end of the day. As one of our favourite songs to sing reminds us: “Ain’t it kinda funny, how a cold day keeps you…

All about connections!

Hi Friends, We often find ourselves taking time to love ourselves and others, while our connection with nature tends to take the back burner. We wanted to focus on how we connect with nature and how nature connects with us. Taking time this morning with our tea we sat in our favourite spots and reflected…

Letter from a Crow

Hello Forest School Friends, It was so nice to meet you today. I had a wonderful time flying around the blue skies following you on your adventures. It looked like you had a lot of fun making slides on the hill and scrambling back up to the top. I stayed on top of the light…

Collingwood Ninja Warrior Village

Hey Folks, Who would of thought at the start of our day we would have created a whole new village? Our gratitude this week was the amazing packing snow that was given to us from the clouds last night and we took full advantage! Even pictures could not give this village justice. Tucked away in…

Epic Sagas, Bows and Arrows and Good Ol’ Fashioned Play.

Hey Folks! We do a lot of things at FNS that encourage connection with Nature and no doubt a lot of it is based in play.   There are 16 different types of identified play – and for us play is something that is done for fun and not necessarily for any practical reason.  This…

To play, or not to play……Um PLAY!

Hey Folks, As the clouds stuck around this morning, we were welcomed into the forest by some Downy Woodpeckers, White Breasted Nuthatches and the common Goldeneye Ducks. While some students took time to draw, others jumped right into their play. We challenged our Chickadees to start our morning fire, and they went above and beyond!…

Play Days

Check out the action shots from today! Pizza cooked over the fire, hill sliding, jumping, running, hiding-it may look like all we do is play but there is important work going on in all this fun. Children have the opportunity to practise their communication skills when they want to make it to the top of…

Sunshine and Wish Trees

What a fine day for an adventure thought the Chickadees. The sun was beginning to peak out from behind the clouds and hints of blue were streaking through the sky. A trail of bird seed across the snow and teeny tracks scattering this way and that gave hints of earlier activities around the school house….