What about the weather? What if it rains or snows?
"There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing." (old Scandinavian saying)
We wear our rain/snow gear and enjoy stomping in puddles, digging in the dirt and building snowmen. This is a 75% outdoor program. We will cancel forest school* in the event of storms, high winds, or very low temperatures/wind chill. but otherwise, we are outside, rain or shine! As long as we are properly dressed, we can remain safe and warm in our gear, and be all the better for it. Rainy days are some of our favorite forest days! We want the weather to be part of our learning experience. Go to In The News for more information.
What does getting muddy have to do with learning?
"The children learn through direct experience using their five senses in nature. Learning happens by stimulating each child’s innate curiosity and sense of wonder.
The benefits of learning in a natural environment are many. Researchers studying forest schools have found that outdoors, children hone their motor skills, engage in more creative play, have fewer conflicts, stay healthier, learn to be more independent and develop a compassion for nature and wildlife that is likely to last a lifetime.
The first U.S. forest school, Cedarsong Nature School, started in 2006. Today nature-based preschools in this country number in the hundreds. This growth is encouraging to all of us who care about raising children who are connected with nature!" written by Linda McGurk author of numerous books of education and nature, including, http://rainorshinemamma.com/ and There's No Such Thing as Bad Weather: A Scandinavian Mom's Secrets for Raising Healthy, Resilient, and Confident Kids (from Friluftsliv to Hygge)
Book by Linda Akeson Mcgurk
What gear or supplies will be needed?
A full list of gear and supplies and what we recommend will be included upon enrollment.
For rainy weather, rainboots, raingear and change of clothing for the ride home.
For warmer weather, cool, breathable and moisture wicking clothing and water shoes, sunblock, sunhat, organic bug spray. Comfortable climbing/hiking shoes.
Winter weather is fun to play in and layered clothing is necessary. Preferrably NOT cotton, but sustainable merino wool, snowboots and playgear.
Are you certified in Forest Kindergarten teaching?
We are a member of ERAFANS, Eastern Region of Forest and Nature Schools.
Certified as a Forest Teacher for Preschool and Kindergarten. Plus many courses, including Ohio Step up to Quality, First Aid, CPR, Naturally Ready for Kindergarten, and more. Assistant teachers undergo training in education, safety and forest education.
Is this really an education? Yes!
Sherri Dauer, Director
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions or to book Sherri as a Guest Presenter on The Beneftits of Outdoor Education at your school, church or event.
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