New paths create new memories

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 hill had turned into super fast slippy slide hill, where we inevitably had to prepare

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To play, or not to play……Um PLAY!

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! They all collected Birch Bark, hunted for sticks and even created the SPARK! Great Job.

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Squirrel chases and Chickadee cities

Squirrel chases and Chickadee cities

Hi everyone! Thanks for checking in again today, and what a day we had! Our morning started out with a creative twist with U shaped tunnels, and burrows equipped with a tree roof. Our older students tried to defeat our chickadees this morning, but could not escape the sneaky attacks and were put into snow cave guarded by solders! To everyones surprised, they were all released by valiant leaders and

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Community Village

Community Village

Hi Friends, We had another awesome Thursday and what a way to end our journey together for 2019! Our students got right into their projects for the day and our mission? – to create a community village of Quinces called The Wolf Den. There was a total of 5 dens which were all different shapes and sizes and each student brought their own uniqueness to their creations. It was a

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Snowmageddon

Snowmageddon

Hi Folks, I think we were all super surprised this morning when we saw so much of that white stuff! We can’t believe we almost forgot how beautiful it is. Our students had a beautiful moment at the start of our day  – venturing into the woods, we all found a quiet, personal space where we caught cotton ball size snow flakes with our tongue. It was so quite with

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Mysteries for days….

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 rain storm. We all came to the conclusion it was a beautiful sight to see

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Let It Snow

Let It Snow

Hey Folks! Ready for our song of the week?… Oh the weather outside is delightful (not frightful) and the campfire is so delightful (too)… and since we’re an emergent, student-led program with no set place to go… let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.  (Did you sing it?!) Snow!!! We love snow at Forest School and what a wonderful way to kick of the soon-to-be Winter Season… and

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Morning Teas and Nature Cafes

Morning Teas and Nature Cafes

Hey Folks, Aside from our core routines, our days varied a lot this week (as they typically do) so check out the highlights below! Tuesday On Tuesday we embraced a beautiful day and celebrated a special birthday.  After our morning circle, check-ins and sit spots, we were off for a lunch out to the wonderful Mysterious Forest.  We learned a new game about fur trading that let our students jump

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The Infamous Grape Valley

The Infamous Grape Valley

Hey Folks! Just a quick post this week but wanted to share some of the highlights from our adventures. The majority of our older groups this week spent a significant time in Maple Forest, even having a few “lunch outs” on our drier days.  In Maple Forest, we have a special spot we call “Grape Valley”.  This has become a hub for our imaginative play, construction and exploration.  Students built

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There’s a lot of noise in silence

There’s a lot of noise in silence

Hey Everyone, Our older groups this week geared up for their first field trip of the year – a paddle down the Beaver River.  Collectively, the groups paddled anywhere from the Epping put in to the Slabtown Dam.  The Fall colours were stunning and seemed to intensify as the week went on.  All groups learned basic canoe skills, with our older students having the chance to learn to stern –

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