THE AISHLING FOREST SCHOOL ESSENTIALS FALL 2020 PROGRAM:
The Aishling Forest School is THRILLED to offer up a fifth season of Forest School dedicated to adventurous little(s) and their families.
Our mission is to create a quality forest school and enrichment program, where the magic of childhood runs free and nature is the greatest teacher to connect with yourself, each other, and Mama Earth.
This unique program will be 10 weeks long on Monday and Friday afternoons from 11am-1:30pm starting in fall 2020. The program is best suited for children ages 3-9 years old. Learners participating will need to be potty proficient. The program will be drop-off sessions from 11am-1:30pm and will begin on Monday, September 14th, 2020 and will end for the winter on Friday, November 20th, 2020.
Our program includes:
• 10 weeks of 2.5 hour Forest School drop-off sessions (19 classes in total)
• Organic, seasonal, healthy and homemade (with love) snacks
• Invitations to our beautiful community events, such as our annual Lantern Walk and May Day event.
Please note that Oaki rain suits and boots will need to be purchased prior to attending Forest School and are included as a 1-time fee at checkout. Aishling Forest School has a wholesale account with Oaki and is happy to pass the savings to you. The Oaki rain suit and boots are $40 (regularly $80) and all gear will be pre-treated with Permethrin clothing treatment spray prior to the start of Forest School.
THE DEVELOPMENT OF FOREST SCHOOL:
“Let Nature be your teacher.” – William Wordsworth
Forest Schools are distinguished by their commitment to 100% outdoor time and complete nature immersion, unstructured flow learning, child inspired emergent curriculum, place-based focus, inquiry-based teaching style and authentic play. Nature immersion is defined as “Unstructured free time in nature resulting in an intimate, deep and personal connection to the natural world.”
This approach draws on, in addition to the Scandinavian outdoor model of friluftsliv (“free open-air life”), the learning theories and playful child-centered pedagogy of thinkers such as Rudolf Steiner and Maria Montessori, and on the nature-based education activities of Kurt Han and the British Scouting and Woodcraft Folk movements, among other influences.
THE AISHLING FOREST SCHOOL KEY PRINCIPLES:
"Time in nature is not leisure time; it's an essential investment in our children’s health (and also, by the way, in our own).” – Richard Louv
• Total nature immersion regardless of the weather or season. Nature immersion is defined as unstructured free time in nature resulting in an intimate, deep and personal connection to the natural world.
• Interest-led Flow Learning
• Reggio-inspired Emergent Curriculum
• Place-based Education
• Inquiry-based Teaching Style
• Positive Reinforcement, Conscious and Respectful Behavioral Approach
• Emphasis on Individual Empowerment and Group Bonding
• Respect and Empathy for Others, Self and the Living Earth
• Small Class Sizes
• Low Leader: Student Ratio
All sessions are designed and led by a Level 3 certified Forest School leader and qualified staff and volunteers. Each session is learner led and learners are given the freedom and responsibility to explore their interests and therefore initiate and direct their own learning.
WHAT HAPPENS AT FOREST SCHOOL:
“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in tune once more.” – John Burroughs
Forest School uses natural resources to stimulate imagination, creativity and investigation. Activities can include:
• Shelter building
• Natural art
• Using knots and lashings
• Rope swing and rope bridge navigation
• Fire lighting
• Animal tracking
• Bug hunts
• Tree investigations
• Climbing and balancing
• Woodwork using tools, e.g. making musical instruments, jewelry, and decorative items
• Creating bug homes and bird feeders
• Collecting, identifying and sorting natural materials such as leaves
• Team games
Most activities can be curriculum-linked and span a number of subjects, including Math’s, English, Design & Technology, Science, Music and Art.
THE MANY BENEFITS OF FOREST SCHOOL:
“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” – Rachel Carson
Forest School is suited to all ages and abilities. The aim of Forest School is to develop the learner holistically and at their own pace. The benefits of this holistic, learner-led approach can be transferred to the classroom where children are found to be more motivated and able to concentrate more effectively.
Researched benefits of Forest School include:
• Are less likely to come down with common infections, since they spend little time inside, where viruses and bacteria thrive
• Have better motor skills, such as agility, balance and coordination
• Increased ability to perceive and manage risk
• Engage in more imaginative and dynamic forms of play
• Are less likely to be overweight or obese
• See improvements in confidence, social skills, language and communication, motivation and concentration
• Become more resilient
• Experience positive emotions, restorative effects and lowered stress levels as compared to a conventional indoor school
• Heightened self-awareness, understanding and respect of themselves and the natural world
For more info about CEED, our home in the woods, please visit: http://www.ceedli.org/
The Aishling Forest School Handbook: (please copy and paste): http://bit.ly/2019handbook
287 S Country Rd Brookhaven, NY 11719