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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Well…hello there Deer!

Well…hello there Deer!

Hi Friends, Welcome to the Wild Kids Deer Track National Geographic show, we hope you enjoy (video will be shown at the end of our blog). We love the snow! Why you may ask? It provides so much opportunity to create, build, track animals, keeps us warm among so much more! This week our students revisited our green coniferous trees and what they have to offer, such as medicine, shelter

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Welcome Back Chickadees!

Welcome Back Chickadees!

Welcome Chickadee Family and Friends! What an amazing day to welcome new and familiar faces back to Forest School, and our Chickadees didn’t waste anytime getting back into the swing of things. We had a busy morning filled with games, running, building, obstacle courses, a very talented band, and our returning students even helped with our morning fire! Jumping into our core routines (opening circle, sit spots), our Chickadees were

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Money grows on trees…

Money grows on trees…

Hey Folks! We rang in the last week of summer with some very hot, then cool, then crazy windy and  rainy weather! This week at Forest School we saw many adventures unfold and really dove into the joy of following emergent interests.  Full on “stores” opened up in the forest (see in depth details below); fires were sparked with only a magnifying glass, cedar and the sun; going canoeing and

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A stir-fry and damselflies.

A stir-fry and damselflies.

Hey Folks, We got up to a lot of different adventures this week, check out the recap below. Tuesday As we explored our senses by taking away sight in a few  games throughout the day, we gained a better understanding of how animals survive in the wild. We also sang our hearts out on Tuesday and even wrote our very own song – which rippled its way through the whole

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Tasty Treats and Hiking Trails

Tasty Treats and Hiking Trails

Tuesday What a hot and beautiful day we had!  After our opening circle, we dove into (or rather quietly sat into) a sensory awareness activity that got us using all our senses.  After some games and further core routines, we headed out for a lunch out a Grape Valley. Students spent the day searching for critters in the water, building fairy communities, adding to their shelters and getting stuck in

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Turtles, Chickens and Giant Slingshots

Turtles, Chickens and Giant Slingshots

Hey Everyone, We welcomed the warm weather and (mostly) sunshine with open arms this week at FNS!  The birds were quite active, insects were out and about, turtles and frogs were sunning, flowers and grasses were growing – Spring is here.   Check out the recap below. Tuesday After some of our core routines, we dove into our full values contract.  If you are unfamiliar with this, essentially we brainstorm

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Spring on Vacation… and bird languages!

Spring on Vacation… and bird languages!

Hey Folks, We focused our attention on our sit spots for the morning,  where students were asked to draw from memory a map of their special spot.  And then the fun part, as we wondered what these places might look like when we are not there, we channeled our inner sneaky creatures (cheetahs, tigers, chipmunks, snakes, anything!) and quietly made our way to our Sit Spots with a specific task

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