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Discussion in 'General Chat' started by RAINYBOW, Apr 4, 2011.
Bit of a long shot but has anyone done any of this ??
If yes who with and how was it ??
they do a forest school at the college near and a mate did it and as far as i know she realy enjoyed it
oh i like the sound of this do they teach you about foresty things? like plants and wildlife
It's basically taking the classroom outdoors and teaching kids in a natural space with natural materials and introducing elements of risk like fire/climbing etc.
I am helping run a group for local families which i helped set up along with a friend of mine and a local Ranger who is doing his qualifictaions. It is massively popular and we are going live with our 2nd group of 15 families very soon and have a waiting list for more.
I have always loved this way of educating children but didnt really know about Forest Schools before but am thinking about training It has such massive potential for really providing the stuff standard eductaion just cant anymore to ordinary kids, i love it.
Check this out for a better explanation
What Are Forest Schools
our daughter dose this once a week with her school
What do you think about it, as a parent ?. Does she enjoy it ??
There is a nursery school near us which has a Forest School every thursday.
The Headteacher came to our nursery & showed us slides of the children in the forest. Looked amazing Apparently all the children LOVE it
i think its a great idea and good that they are learning her in a diffrent way about diffrent things
something i never had when i was at aschool
she loves it and always looks forward to
they do fires in the colder months and sit round it at the end of lesson with hot choclate and toast marshmallows
they have also just started doing beach school aswell
which she also loves and again i think is a great idea
thats brilliant! my kids would have loved that...and so would i
Are you running it at our local country park??
If you need any extra help give me a shout, I love being outside!
Yes xx Thanks for the offer At the moment the groups are running themselves led by the Ranger and administrated by myself and my friend (who badgered and fluttered our eyelashes at the Guys at the park until they submitted to our demands basically lol) They are not exactly "Forest Schools" they are community groups based in the park with the ethos of teaching the kids to respect the space but get the most out of it in a more "male" dominated arena (something that is lacking these days for alot of kids) The guy heading it up is fantastic.
We are really proud of it so far and it's really popular
That looks a fab idea, I think Monster would love something like that. I've had a glance at that website and theres nothing near me. However I'll have a proper nosey at it later, and see if anything like that would be viable around one of the woods here.
The charity I work for hosts forest schools out in the woods (muddy study they call it lol!), they are really great. I am not directly involved in them but if you want any specific info I could find out from some of my colleagues. Real popular with the kids as they are much more interactive and some of the kids that tend to sit back in class really seem to come out of their shell when they're out & about. :thumbup:
They are cropping up everywhere so hopefully you can find a local one with a bit of Googling
The guy at our country park has set up a proper enclosed space in our park. The local school have just started using it to support some of their topics, i have been there with my little ones as Sure Start have been running sessions too.
Rangers is slightly different but the families involved seem to be really loving it, we have managed to encourage alot of Dads to bring the kids which is unusual these days so it's a really "male" environment (of course their are Mums and daughters too). You can see how much the kids are getting out of it.