April 8, 2019

This past snow season was extremely exciting and dynamic in our Vancouver program. One of the aspects of the forest that comes alive in snow is the movement of animals we normally don't perceive. Often unseen, snow records their movements and the stories of their lives...

December 10, 2018

We in Vancouver have been enjoying getting to know Jericho Beach Park in new ways as we explore the forest and the beach. One favourite stop along our hike to our main forest play spot is "The Rock," a large, rough-textured rock with a gently sloping side, perfect for...

October 15, 2018

Another year begins at Fresh Air Learning, with the most glorious and sun-filled Fall we could ask for. We've been spending a lot of time building relationships of trust, joy and humour with children, as some are entering their first structured program of their lives....

July 9, 2018

Our nine-month programs have come to a close. It's a time for reflection in our community, of what we did, how we grew, and our goals for the future. For some children (and parents!) it is hard to let go to a treasured class, play group, or teacher. Our year at Fresh A...

April 2, 2018

One of my goals as an educator this year has been to bring more opportunities for creating visual art into our program. The forest provides a rich tapestry of colour, texture, sensation and movement, as well as interesting colours, endless tiny details as well as a sat...

January 14, 2018

We have been spending a lot of time this past month in Vancouver at Southlands Heritage farm. This land is a working farm that is home to many great programs and community groups, and we bring our groups here to garden, connect with the animals, and play one week per m...

November 14, 2017

In North Vancouver we have enjoyed several weeks of brilliant fall weather. Crisp, cool, sunny mornings and mellow afternoons. It has been fascinating to work with our new groups and see the unique character of each one. During the first few weeks of class, children ar...

May 12, 2017

We have had many misty, muddy days in Vancouver this month, which you will see reflected in the pictures in this blog post. Children respond in a variety of ways to the rain. Sometimes rain leads to exuberant puddle-jumping! Other times the children hunker down and get...

April 8, 2017

The last two months here at Fresh Air Learning North Vancouver have seen us make an unusual transition to Spring. The snow lingered on into March, an uncommon occurrence, though historically (in the 70s and 80s) not unheard of. 

Friendships and group cohesion have...

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