Snowy Days

Dear Snow, Thank you for coming to visit us at Forest School. With your arrival there are some exciting changes to Bygone Days! The tent is a new addition and a warm, fun place to enjoy our snacks and lunch, read stories and listen to the soft pitter patter of you falling on the roof….

Snow Snow, stay and play!

Hi Friends, Mother Nature sure did hand us a bag full of every type of weather this week, and we still loved every minute of it! Each day at Forest School always looks a little different and discoveries are always unfolding, but some things were consistent throughout our week – like how the snow makes…

Mysteries for days….

Hi Friends, Another pretty awesome week we had, starting off with a pretty epic mud kitchen, some hard core obstacle course construction and our imagination even helped us become local farmers. With all the rain this morning, our students were lucky and discovered 3 rainbows. We pondered about rainbows and why they appear after a…

Birch Bark Crowns, Bubblin’ Trees and Imaginations Running Wild

Hey Folks! We had a much needed wet week this week!  We remind ourselves on these rainy days just how much the plants, animals and ponds need this weather – we’ve even got a song about it!  And even more fun was our first taste of snow!!! Student interests took us all over the place…

“Oh the places [they’ll] go”

As adventures unfolded today at forest school, I found myself in awe of the skills that the Chickadees will carry with them, that come from our play and interactions with nature. I even saw future careers unfolding before my eyes. As we dug in the sand for fossils, I imagined them at an archaeological dig….

New Islands, Trusting Chickadees and Hiding Out

Hey Collingwood Families! We had another action packed week at FSFNS with lot’s of creativity, construction and exploring!  Here are some of the highlights: Carving Tool-use is a common thing  with our students and this week we got out the knives and began whittling away.  Students sat around the fire making spoons, spears and butter…

Making friends with Birds

Hi Friends, We had a special visitor come knocking at the schoolhouse today. We will give you three clues to guess who: 1. They could fly 2. They were persistently searching for something in the wood on the outside of the schoolhouse 3.  If they were in a band, they would be the drummer If…

This and That… and Even More!

Hey Folks! We had a fun (and wet!) week at FNS in Collingwood!  We got our first real taste of chillier weather this week and greeted it with open arms – we even had the fire in our hot tent going to keep us nice and warm! Students this week continued diving deeper into our…

The Friendliest Bear of All…. Woolly.

Hey Folks! What a welcomed blast of warm weather this week – though the chilly mornings are a reminder that Winter is on its way.  This week we noticed a lot of Fall changes occurring at the Collingwood School – leaves changing, birds migrating, flowers beginning to wilt (especially the goldenrod!) and each and every…

Ready, Set..Imagination!

Hi Friends, This week our chickadees jumped right into action playing games, digging for treasures and discovering a hidden gem just outside our classroom – a chestnut tree! This brought so much interest from why does the seed pod have spikes?,  What’s inside?, What animals eat this and how do we open it up?  This…