Spring Fun (a lot of it!)

Spring Fun (a lot of it!)

Hey Folks! We’ve been busy enjoying the warmer temperatures and exciting changes that Spring brings!  Here’s a few of the highlights over the past weeks. Carving Tool-use is a big part of FNS, and with the warmer temps, we are seeing an increased interested in creating wood projects.  We love the creativity and the projects we see developing around the campfire during down time.  With only a couple months until

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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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Tool Time and other fun stuff!

Tool Time and other fun stuff!

Hey Folks, We trust everyone had a great long weekend and a wonderful Thanksgiving.  This week, we were back at our home base at Bygone Days after our paddling trips last week.  We do so much over the course of a week at FNS, it’s hard to sum up – but here are couple things! Macro Models We like using macro-models to help reinforce learning.  A macro model sets up parameters

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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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Catching Wind, Carving Spoons and Creating Shelter

Catching Wind, Carving Spoons and Creating Shelter

Hey Folks! Well did we ever get hit by Winter again this week!  We dawned our creative caps and here’s our recap below: TUesday After our core routines (smudge, check-ins and sit spots) we took a deep dive into the world of shelters on Tuesday in hopes of mastering this bush craft.  We learned about the fundamentals of three important natural shelters: Lean-to’s, Debris Shelters and Teepees.   After snack, we

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Recycle, Reuse, Rethink (Reclaiming Wooden Pallets)

Recycle, Reuse, Rethink (Reclaiming Wooden Pallets)

Hey Folks! What a creative week of reclaiming and recycling wood with beautiful sunshine for the duration! Our objective this week was to work on projects – which encompasses a whole lot as you’ll see below.  It’s our hope that our students become competent and comfortable using drills, saws, hammers and various other tools! Let’s break it down by day. Wednesday Our Wednesday group dove into building immediately in the

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Pioneers, Fire Keepers and Engineers

Pioneers, Fire Keepers and Engineers

This week at Forest School was special in that our classes had planned in advance their “perfect” Forest School Day and we set out to achieve these goals.  Thus we had some very different looking days this week, and here’s a quick recap. Wednesday Our overarching theme of the day was camping out and so after some impromptu rafting on the huge puddles and a game of ga-ga ball, students

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A hiking we will go…

A hiking we will go…

Hey Everyone, It was a great week here at Forest School and we had a lot of fun as teachers exploring new places and old favourites with our students.  On Monday, we held a trial day to introduce new children to FNS.  It was a great day full of sharing our special places at Bygone Days, hiking, playing, making shelters, fires and building with hand tools.  Thanks to all those

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