February 23, 2019

After the children finish eating their snack and listening to a story, the educators will bring out the day's materials and equipment. In one of our afternoon groups, there is often a request for a swing and depending on the area, the branches may or may not be conduci...

December 3, 2018

As we moved into the end of our third month together, the children have had more time to interact and form ideas about each other. They are getting to know each other better, some of each other's interests, and are starting to figure out who likes to engage in certain...

July 4, 2017

One of the wonderful things about being a facilitator in a program with a philosophy centred on a play-based, child-led curriculum is that I'm continually learning new things. As facilitators, we hold space for the children and provide them with certain boundaries, rit...

March 21, 2017

A child called me over. "Look!" she exclaimed. "I found ice shaped like a heart."

Everyone gathered around to admire the heart-shaped ice. We are social creatures, pattern-noticers and meaning-makers. We delight in discovery and sharing our discoveries with others. The...

June 22, 2016

Another year in the forest has ended and it is time to say goodbye to all of the friends we have made, all the activities we have enjoyed and all of the places we have loved. Immersed in the local environment, the children have been engaged in long-term place-based edu...

May 6, 2016

Lately we have been delighting in watching the forest wake from its long winter slumber. It is so good to feel the sun on our backs and faces, and to hear the birds singing again. The signs of Spring have been everywhere; in new leaves sprouting on shrubs which have be...

March 13, 2016

 As we move through the year and the seasons in the forest, we notice changes in our environment as well as changes in the children. Many of the children have been playing and creating with us for over six months now and we have noticed subtle shifts in their attitudes...

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