ESSENTIALS

Ahhhh Mathematics, the Universal Language

Ahhhh Mathematics, the Universal Language

“To those who do not know mathematics it is difficult to get across a real feeling as to the beauty, the deepest beauty, of nature ... If you want to learn about nature, to appreciate nature, it is necessary to understand the language that she speaks in.” ― Richard...

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Building Community (and Kingdoms) at Forest School

Building Community (and Kingdoms) at Forest School

 "Children see magic because they look for it.” - Christopher Moore Most adults walk into the woods and see a pile of sticks on the ground, and only see the pile of sticks. Our Forest School learners walk into the woods and see a pile of sticks on the ground as a...

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What’s The Funny Thing About Coming Home?

What’s The Funny Thing About Coming Home?

“It's a funny thing about comin' home. Looks the same, smells the same, feels the same. You'll realize what's changed is you.”― F. Scott Fitzgerald Today, we were honored to welcome our family back into the woods. But truthfully, it took us a minute during set up...

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Pure, Unadulterated Magic

Pure, Unadulterated Magic

Essentials Field Notes: Week Ten   This week, our last week of our beloved fall Forest School season was pure magic. Pure, unadulterated magic.   The magic of childhood.   We celebrated with each other, cooked foods over an open fire and played like...

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Celebrating Failure & Grit

Celebrating Failure & Grit

Essentials Field Notes: Week Eight       Last week at Forest School, we again worked with the mighty element that is fire. Building off of last week’s adventure in making our own fairy fires, we turned up the firepower and created a community bonfire....

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Smashing Pumpkins & Fairy Fires = Best Day Ever!

Smashing Pumpkins & Fairy Fires = Best Day Ever!

Essentials Field Notes: Week Seven   This past week at Forest School was pretty awesome. We smashed pumpkins and made our very own fires…Billy Corgan would have been proud (I had to;)) Our morning started off with rolling our pumpkins down the hill to our pool...

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One Could Do Worse Than Be a Swinger of Birches

One Could Do Worse Than Be a Swinger of Birches

I’ve always loved Robert Frost’s poetry (The full “Birches” poem is below) and it was pure delight to see our learners swinging to the heavens, laughing freely, coming back down to earth and grounding themselves in the here and now. Our “birches” were actually vines...

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There is True Beauty in the Breakdown

There is True Beauty in the Breakdown

Forest School Essentials Field Notes- Week 5 The winds from last week blew hard enough to sweep down our oldest and most fragile trees. As we walked into our home in the woods, we noticed the calm after the storm and saw a huge elder on the ground. We wondered. How...

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Care of Ourselves, Each Other & The World

Care of Ourselves, Each Other & The World

Essentials Field Notes: Week Two   We had another incredible day at Forest School last week. We eased back into play and each learner hit their stride early on.   Some made fairy villages, others worked on their dens, while others enjoyed water play and...

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