Maple Forest

kmartin/ March 12, 2020/ Air, Animal Tracking, Birds, Community, Hiking, Maple Syrup, Plants, Shelter, Teamwork, Trees, Wandering, Wasaga/ 0 comments

Hi Everyone, “I can see the river flowing, I can smell the sap boiling, I can feel the sun shining…drip, drip, drip”. What a fitting line in one of our new favourite songs shared among our students. We all came to find our river flowing this morning, welcoming ducks, seagulls and Canadian Geese to find food. We participated with boiling Maple Sap this afternoon, and smelled and tasted this sweet

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New paths create new memories

kmartin/ February 20, 2020/ Ice, Past Stories, Quiet Mind, Shelter, Sit Spot, Snow, Teamwork, Trees, Wandering, Wasaga, Winter Fun/ 0 comments

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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All about connections!

kmartin/ February 13, 2020/ Animals, Ecosystems, Insects, Past Stories, Wandering, Wasaga, Winter Fun/ 0 comments

Hi Friends, We often find ourselves taking time to love ourselves and others, while our connection with nature tends to take the back burner. We wanted to focus on how we connect with nature and how nature connects with us. Taking time this morning with our tea we sat in our favourite spots and reflected on deeper questions. As we all know nature is pretty amazing and it works so

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Nature is amazing, once you get to know it!

kmartin/ January 31, 2020/ Animal Tracking, Animals, Art, Community, Fire Building, FSFNS Blog, Maple Syrup, Past Stories, Seeds, Shelter, Teamwork, Trees, Wandering, Winter Fun/ 0 comments

Hi Friends, We had another great week full of new stories from all our students. We love watching how each day evolves and changes from one another. Between our core routines here are some of our favourite moments throughout our week. Snowshoeing – Our students have really gotten into the winter spirit and are excited to experience snowshoes, sometimes for the first time. We love pretending to climb huge mountains

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Maple Taffy and Pine Sap

kmartin/ January 30, 2020/ Animal Tracking, Fire Building, Hiking, Maple Syrup, Past Stories, Snow, Teamwork, Trees, Wandering, Wasaga, Winter Fun/ 0 comments

Hi Folks, This morning as we wandered and explored we had a flurry of action and evidence of critters such as tracks, scat and finally spotting them within the trees. We revisted our nature ice art and were in awe at our findings, which also brought back memories of our items. Such creative students we have!   As we discovered and played games within the forest today, some of our

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Add a little snow!

kmartin/ January 23, 2020/ Animal Tracking, Fire Building, Hiking, Past Stories, Shelter, Snow, Trees, Wandering, Wasaga, Winter Fun/ 0 comments

Hi Friends, Welcoming back winter…again.. brought us so much joy and discovery. Through our core routines, we continue to explore our new space, and even a little snow can make a magical difference in our exploration. Some of our students discovered a new favorite place called the Fluffy Pine Forest. What a wonderful space with hidden gems, such as Monacrh Crysaliss’s, dens, magical Christmas trees and dancing trees. Some of

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Ice rinks and Animal Tracks

kmartin/ December 12, 2019/ Animal Tracking, Art, Cooking, Fall Fun, Fire Building, Hiking, Ice, Past Stories, Shelter, Teamwork, Wandering, Wasaga, Winter Fun/ 0 comments

Hi Friends, This week at Forest School we we felt very reflective as we looked back on our time spent together, and laughed about our stories, memories and new friends we have all created. We must say finding tracks today is an understatement, we discovered highways of animal tracks, and it was pretty amazing to see how many times they crossed paths. We discovered Coyote, Mouse, Squirrel, Deer, Porcupine among many

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Nature’s Playground

kmartin/ November 21, 2019/ Animal Tracking, Fall Fun, Fire Building, Hiking, Ice, Past Stories, Plants, Teamwork, Wandering, Wasaga/ 0 comments

Hi Friends, When was the last time you climbed to the tippy top of a tree? Or heard the sound of a bird flying overhead or the creeks and cracks of dancing trees? Our students were put right in the thick of all these beautiful sounds today among so much more!  Characteristics of a Blue Heron: Provides messages of self- determination and self- reliance. They follow their unique wisdom and

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Snow Snow, stay and play!

kmartin/ November 9, 2019/ Animal Tracking, Community, Fall Fun, Fire Building, FSFNS Blog, Hiking, Past Stories, Plants, Shelter, Snow, Teamwork, Wandering, Winter Fun/ 0 comments

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 sounds seem more dense, less birds and noise, our well known hikes have become more

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Natures Colour Wheel

kmartin/ October 17, 2019/ Amphibians, Fall Fun, Hiking, Past Stories, Plants, Shelter, Survival, Teamwork, Trees, Wandering, Wasaga/ 0 comments

Hi Friends! We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and we were excited to hear all about your child’s long weekend stories! Our question of the day was: What have you noticed in our environment? And we love hearing the answers because they always vary so much. Ranging from the colours of the leaves, no birds or sun in the sky, that it feels colder, or that they didn’t see

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