What Is Forest School
Forest school offers a great opportunity for “holistic development” through interacting and connecting with the natural world and all it’s gifts and challenges in a playful way.
Through games, Nature arts and crafts, naturalists’ and seasonal activities as well as basic survival skills, Forest School provides a real life, multi faceted learning environment.
Learning happens hands on through self directed creative play, developing motor skills, sensory awareness, risk management, problem solving and teamwork.
The teaching method of Forest School is based on the “Art of Mentoring” where the leader provides and opens the space for the child’s curiosity to engage, with questioning, creating appropriate learning edges (creating opportunities to extend the edge of knowledge) and encouraging playful experimenting in a learner centred way rather than through direct teaching.
All Forest School activities, due to their variety and practical nature, help the participant to clearly see their own achievements, increasing their knowledge and skills, and thus building self esteem and confidence.
Why Is Forest School Important?
With the rapid and all encompassing emergence of consumer technology in the last 20 years, many disturbing childhood trends have also appeared: obesity, attention disorders, behavioural problems and depression are rising fast.
The Benefits for Kids
Physical activities in nature (trail walking, exploring & climbing) enhance strength, stamina, sure-footedness, balance & coordination. Tasks and problem solving encourage resilience, resourcefulness, teamwork and social skills.
Typical Activities at Forest School
There are many individual activities, missions and games used in the curriculum, enough to fill several books! The various activities are combined to build confidence, resourcefulness and have loads of fun while doing it.
Testimonial - Hanka Fahey
A Mother's Perspective
First of all, as a mother I loved that the kids spent a few hours outside in any weather and could connect with nature through games, creative play and physical activities… and all guided by Marion and her helpers. The kids always came home relaxed and full of new ideas. They especially loved making shelters from forest material, the story telling and of course the highlight fire making.
I can really recommend the Nature school and wished it would be included in the schools curriculum! There is nothing healthier and more educational than spending time in nature. Thanks to Marion and her team 🙂
Why Forest School Is Important
No one will protect what they don’t care about, and no one cares about what they’ve never experienced.
Sir David Attenborough
In his book the “Last Child in the Woods” the child advocate Richard Louv has named disturbing trends “Nature Deficit Disorders” after compiling and analysing a vast amount of research from all over the world. This body of research clearly indicates that Nature Connection is essential for children to develop physical, mental and emotional health.
Howard Gardener, Professor of Education at Harvard University developed the theory of 7 multiple Intelligences in 1983 and recently added the 8th, ‘Naturalist Intelligence‘, which he calls “nature smart”!
Forest School is transformative and transferable as it engages multiple intelligences, and therefore offers each learning type opportunities to grow and shine.
Watch Richard Louv: Nature Deficit Disorder
Tracker Jon Young
The Author, Mentor and Tracker Jon Young also talks about “nature smart” in a You Tube clip from his own experience over 30 years working with children and youth in the wilderness.
He also points out that Nature Connection is the foundation of a healthy and vibrant Culture as it is really through Nature Connection that we can deeply connect to ourself and then others.
Watch Jon Young: Deep Nature Connection
Nurturing Respect For Nature
Forest School is so important in our time of uncertainty and climate change, to build resilience and resourcefulness into our children so they can react and adapt appropriately in different circumstances.
And finally Nature Connection develops love and respect for Nature, the realisation of our interconnectedness and our role as humans to take good care of it to secure our future on earth.
Watch Our Video: Nature Schooling Ireland
Forest School Activities
There are way too many individual activities, missions and games for us to describe here, but all that we do falls into these main categories:
- Play and rest time in nature
- Nature arts and crafts
- Rope swings, rope ladders and climbers
- Shelter building
- Games and missions
- Plant identification and wild food foraging
- Fire making and camp fire cooking
- Orienteering and tracking
- Wildlife observation and tending to nature
- and many many more….
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To enrol your kids in Forest School simply complete the Enrolment Form to the right/below.
Prior enrolment is essential.
Alternatively call Marion direct on
086 871 9714.