Forest 4s: The Real Woods

Let us never forget the greatest teacher of all… nature. When children can explore, they learn. Marie Forst does just that with her students.

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About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease's bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.
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18 Responses to Forest 4s: The Real Woods

  1. lisakunk says:

    Woods are my family’s playground. My husband is famous around here for his nature pics especially fungi.

  2. beetleypete says:

    Nice reblog, Jennie. Great to see the kids discovering nature.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  3. Norah says:

    I agree! How wonderful to see the children’s enjoyment of nature. Let’s keep wonder and curiosity alive.

  4. That was a lovely share.. Yes Nature is a wonderful play ground to learn grow and explore.. xxx

  5. reocochran says:

    This is always a great place to allow children to point out what catches their eyes and attention. It is such a unique setting while urban children may need a field trip to a park just to have this experience! 🍁 🐾 🌲

    • Jennie says:

      Yes, indeed. So sad to think that some need a field trip to experience nature.

      • reocochran says:

        My youngest brother Rich was an elementary school teacher for learning disabled children in a “center” where they would arrive, go to integrated learning classes and then, bring back their work to go over with him. Twenty years of inner city teaching, he taught me a lot about those children who were like “sponges” absorbing attention and positive reinforcement. My parents volunteered as chaperones to circus, plays, the zoo and other excursions. 🙂 I will have to ask him if they went to a park or woods, someday.

      • Jennie says:

        That’s so interesting, Robin. Regardless of the surroundings, children are definitely sponges. I’d like to know if those children had the experience of a

      • Jennie says:

        ….had the experience of parks or woods.

  6. Sovereign Stairparts says:

    Taking time out to walk with my children through the woods is what memories are made of

  7. Sovereign Stairparts says:

    Lovely post an so inspiring

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