Why Forest School Influences Our Learning Environment
Did you know that our Executive Director, Bethany Beaudry, recently completed the Forest School’s Practitioners course through the Child and Nature Alliance of Canada? This training was held at Ft. Whyte Alive from May 8-12 (8 hours each day in addition to the year long course work). What is Forest School?
“Forest School Canada is the flagship educational project of the Child and Nature Alliance. We provide evidence-based, practical, and inspiring professional learning opportunities for everyone interested in supporting the healthy development of children through play and learning outside” (www.childnature.ca). This organization is a rich resource for organizations that actively embrace in nature-based programs. Inspired Explorations Learning Community highly values natural relationships and our relationship with nature is foundational to our learning experiences and environment.
Simply put, forest schools take the learning outside! Open-ended play and learning are key features of forest school. Skilled educators support the nature-based play. Learning emerges from outdoor play and through close observation. The teachers follow the child’s interests, ask powerful questions, follow up on the learner’s theories, and offer tools for learning. Most importantly, the educators step out of the way of the child’s exploration and are waiting to support the learning process.
Inspired Explorations Learning Community views children as innately curious, capable, and competent! Our staff are facilitators who guide and co-inspire the learning process. We are committed to inquiry, play-based, and emergent learning as we participate and engage in our relationships outdoors!