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How to Create Rituals That Celebrate Life

How to Create Rituals That Celebrate Life

“I will not teach or love or show you anything perfectly, but I will let you see me, and I will always hold sacred the gift of seeing you, truly deeply seeing you.”- Dr. Brene Brown Have you ever wondered, why do we celebrate certain things like birthdays, holidays or...

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What Are The Building Blocks of Life for Children?

What Are The Building Blocks of Life for Children?

Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.- Viktor Frankl A storm is brewing and it's coming from inside a learner. Emotions such as excitement, frustration and...

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How Defining Boundaries With Children Creates Freedom

How Defining Boundaries With Children Creates Freedom

“Boundaries define us. They define what is me and what is not me.A boundary shows me where I end and where someone else begins, leading me to a sense of ownership. Knowing what I am to own and take responsibility gives me freedom.” - Henry Cloud At Forest School, we...

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Beyond Picture Perfect: How To Celebrate Child-Led Art

Beyond Picture Perfect: How To Celebrate Child-Led Art

“Art is Not a Receipt for Child Care”: Lisa Murphy, M. Ed. You won’t find perfectly crafted product-based art pieces at Aishling Forest School, as we believe in the power of process-based, child-led art and nature as a creative conduit for lifelong learning. As Lisa...

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The Kids Are Alright: Why There Are No Rules At Forest School

The Kids Are Alright: Why There Are No Rules At Forest School

Children must be taught how to think, not what to think." -Margaret Mead We often get questions about how the mentors maintain a sense of “control” in an otherwise child-led program. The short answer is we don’t. At Forest School, our aim isn’t to control our...

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Intrinsically Motivated Education at Forest School

Intrinsically Motivated Education at Forest School

“For any of us, no matter what our background or what our age, we need to approach a thorny-problem, a creativity-type task, for the sheer pleasure, enjoyment, satisfaction and challenge of that task itself, rather than for some extrinsic goal, like getting a reward...

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