Reflecting on the Forest and Nature School Approach

 By Sonja Lukassen A couple of years ago I was moving tables with a peer after shifting them to clean up a spill. I asked them what their plan was. “Where should we put this one?” I asked.  “It’s usually over here,” they responded.  “Is that where we’re going to put it now?” I asked. Continue reading “Reflecting on the Forest and Nature School Approach”

Dressing for Winter and Cold

By Sonja Lukassen Winter is almost here! Soon we can be certain that all of the precipitation that falls will be snow (yay!) and temperatures will not only be below freezing, but possibly very cold. Along with the cold comes the need to pay special attention to how children, adults, and families who will beContinue reading “Dressing for Winter and Cold”

Being Prepared for Rainy Days at Forest School

By Sonja Lukassen One of the many wonders of autumn weather is cooling temperatures. The bugs retreat, the air is fresh, and the leaves start to change colour- it’s so beautiful. Along with this cooling weather comes the added challenge of being prepared for and managing rainy and puddly fall days. Rain in the summerContinue reading “Being Prepared for Rainy Days at Forest School”

Doing a Dynamic Risk Assessment

 By Sonja Lukassen We encounter risk each day on the land. We don’t post a list of rules at the entrance to the forest that details what cannot be done, a la don’t do this, don’t do that. That approach does not fit with our belief that children are competent and capable of making smartContinue reading “Doing a Dynamic Risk Assessment”

The Guidelines when we Play on the Land

By Sonja Lukassen The Forest and Nature School approach is all about relationships- with each other, with the land, and with ourselves. When offering programming based on learning and connecting through play on the land, we strive to be clear about what we can do together while we play. As many educators who work withContinue reading “The Guidelines when we Play on the Land”