Whirlpools and Waddling, Paddling and Pedaling

Whirlpools and Waddling, Paddling and Pedaling

Hey Folks! We had an awesome last few weeks of Forest School full of excitement and adventure! Here are some the highlights below, and scroll all the way down to check out the pics.  Thanks for the amazing year and see you in September! Mountain Biking We’ve got a ton of newly built trails at Forest School for Mountian Biking, so took advantage of this with a couple of our

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Fires and Shelters… and Bear-Hangs? Oh my.

Fires and Shelters… and Bear-Hangs? Oh my.

Hey Folks! We welcomed Summer back (or for the first time??) at Forest School this week and took advantage of the beautiful, hot days to learn some important survival skills.  As we’ve said before, with emergent  interests, all of our days looked very different, but we’ll sum up the highlights here. After our core routines (smudge, check-ins and sit spots), students were tasked with the mission to come up with

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Helping Hands

Helping Hands

Hey Folks! Happy Solstice! After our core routines this week and a brainstorm on teamwork, our days differed immensely in what student-interests led us to.  We book-ended all days with sage and sit spots in the morning, and a fire at the end, but otherwise they were so unique, let’s sum them up separately. TUESDAY We had some eager helpers on Tuesday and started off by weeding the garden and

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Go(by!) fish!

Go(by!) fish!

Wow. There sure have been some incredible changes around the land at Bygone Days. Students have really taken to ensuring that all of our nature-tasks, like filling bird feeders and watering plants, are looked after upon arrival. This noteworthy interest and initiative certainly compliments their ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship and helps build that awesome connection with the land! And lately, they are keen to jump into all of the

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“Pond”er this!

“Pond”er this!

Hey Everyone, We spent our days this week with two classical elements: Fire and Water (and I suppose the Earth and Wind as well).  After measuring our tomato plants for growth, it was time for the much anticipated attempt at the Fire Bead. After a review of the basic needs of fire (heat, oxygen, and fuel), we were off to the back fields for students to show off their skills. 

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Paddlin’

Paddlin’

Hey Folks, We had the great opportunity to explore off property this week with a trip down the Beaver river.  Though we had two drastically different weather days, the result was the same: lots of laughs and some new hard skills.  We were treated to an abundance of wildlife – birds galore, fish, so many frogs we lost count, and of course bugs – as the students navigated their way

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Learning Blocks and Compasses

Learning Blocks and Compasses

Hey Folks, Another fun-filled week of productive play and learning at Forest School, with a special contribution from Collingwood’s Healthy Kids Community Challenge who brought us their mobile Imagination Playground. We spent a solid portion of our day working collaboratively using the block-based system to build, smash and recreate various castles, towers, bird’s eye views of small villages, buildings, cars, waterfalls – you name it! Your children unleashed their creativity

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Art Attack!

Art Attack!

Hey Folks! At Forest School, we develop a lot of skills: physical and emotional intelligence, ecological literacy, and much more.  In more traditional school terms, we’ve had a heavy focus on Science, Physical Education, and English, with some Art and even Math included in there.  Usually, we pick a topic and focus our lessons around it.  This week we decided to focus on a subject rather than topic, Art, and

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Water, water everywhere

Water, water everywhere

Hey Folks, What a couple of beautiful sunny days we had at Forest School.  Our focus this week was learning about water, the water cycle and some creatures that call water home. We started off the day “becoming” frogs with a visualization  (turned into acting out) activity to set the tone.  After an inevitable frog hunt, we got down to business.  Our first activity was to build a zip lock

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