Benefits of Forest Learning
We have seen children bloom in confidence and followers become leaders.
We utilize a creek in our Forest Learning activities. The creek is a wonderful conversation starter – we cover what we see, hear, smell, touch, how high the water is compared to last time we visited, and the clarity of the water. We have one little fellow who would often shy away from others and hide behind the Educator and needed a lot of support in other environments. Here, he is very chatty and he takes our hand to show us things that he is interested in and he verbalises in small phrases.
As a result of Forest Learning activities, his confidence has soared and we now see major improvements in his communication skills in other environments. In the afternoon, he tells his mum all about what he has done at Forest School and who was there. The change is really significant and the family have been very supportive and enthusiastic about the changes in the little fellow.
Children have learned many new skills and life skills too, children assessing risk, thriving in an environment where we believe that all children CAN allowing them to utilise real tools in real environments that are relative to their home lives and family cultures
What the parents think
Parents LOVE Forest school they totally value the experiences that are being offered to their children and are confident in allowing their children to participate commenting that there should be more of this kind of open ended natural learning and really getting behind our service and supporting the direction we want to take the children’s learning experiences.
Forest school has encouraged more interaction with families with families wanting to participate and know more about forest school and how they could even be involved.
Forest school has resulted in families and even extended families wanting to contribute and participate and really value outcomes and what their children do whilst in care. Forest school has opened many doors and opportunities to extend family relationships beyond belief
Other Benefits to Family Day Care
Incorporating Forest Learning has significantly helped us improve our public profile and our Facebook page gets lots of likes.
Members of the community regularly come along and ask what we are up to. When we tell them, they are often surprised and then usually make a comments such as this should happen more in kids lives.
Forest school offers something for every single child, engaging them in learning opportunities in many different levels incorporating early literacy and numeracy and teaching life skills in an inclusive environment.
Above: a picture one of the kids made after a session. It says I love forest school
Do you want to learn how to implement Forest Learning?
Introduction to Forest Learning Workshop
Suitable for educators of children aged 2 to 10 years old, wanting to learn how to implement Forest Learning into their educational centre or school, including early childhood, FDC, OSHC, home school and primary school educators.
When: Friday 17 March, 2017, 9am to 3pm
Where: Cairns Junior Eisteddfod hall. 61-67 Greenslopes Street. North Cairns.
Cost: $220 (inc GST). Book here now.
- Want us to hold an Introduction to Forest Learning Workshop in your town or centre? Check out our Personalised Forest Learning Workshops here
- Looking for the professional development 'step up'? Want to start your on Forest School? Find out about our Forest School Leader Training coming up this June.