FIELD NOTES

Thank You Mama Earth For Holding Space For Us All In 2020

Thank You Mama Earth For Holding Space For Us All In 2020

"Nature never did betray the heart that loved her."- William Wordsworth At Aishling Forest School, we know that playing outside and connecting to nature is a birthright. And today, being amongst the trees is more important than ever. Research proves that nature is...

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With Strong Roots, Learners Gain Wings to Fly!

With Strong Roots, Learners Gain Wings to Fly!

"There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children, One of these is roots, the other, wings."- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Oh what a wondrous finale to our Forest School season: this was our last week of class together for the fall and we had quite...

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What Could Be More Natural Than Children Making Art Outside?

What Could Be More Natural Than Children Making Art Outside?

“We are born makers. We move what we’re learning from our heads to our hearts through our hands.”- Brene Brown Childhood is a time of magic, curiosity and delight and at Aishling Forest School, our mission is to preserve the magic of childhood, knowing that nature is...

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The Power of Child-Led Community

The Power of Child-Led Community

There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about."- Margaret J. Wheatley When among the trees, it’s natural to understand the web of connection and community. The connection of its leaves, the mini beasts to the deadwood, the birds...

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To Feel Joy, We Will Practice Gratitude

To Feel Joy, We Will Practice Gratitude

“I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson The end of our Fall 2020 season at Aishling Forest School has perfectly coincided with the beginning of Thanksgiving festivities, which has made it a beautiful...

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We Are Bouncers Against Those That Rush Childhood

We Are Bouncers Against Those That Rush Childhood

“I sometimes find myself despairing over my own part in this tragedy of contemporary childhood. I am, after all, a teacher in a preschool, a thing that barely existed in my own childhood. But, damn it, I'm striving, and I'll continue to strive, with every fiber of my...

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The Art of Forgiveness in the Forest

The Art of Forgiveness in the Forest

“To listen with an open heart and ask questions to better help us understand the other person is a spiritual exercise, in the truest sense of the word.”- Harriet Lerner Last week our learners encountered a very interesting group socio-emotional experience. Our wise...

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At Forest School,It’s More Than Just a Swing

At Forest School,It’s More Than Just a Swing

"Imagination is the source of all human achievement."- Sir Ken Robinson "Children develop in particular patterns. For example, they have to be able to sit up by themselves before they can crawl and eventually walk. Same is true for how they develop their handwriting...

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Whittling: What Is It and Why It’s Awesome?

Whittling: What Is It and Why It’s Awesome?

  The notion of education through handicrafts rises from the contemplation of truth and love permeating life's activities." -Mahatma Gandhi One of the many skills that we model at Aishling Forest School is whittling wood. Whittling is not new and has been around...

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