Forest Fours

Marie Forst knows how children learn best – at the hands of Mother Nature.

Playful Directions

Yesterday was our first official Forest Four Day.  Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten spent about two hours exploring our Northbound Trail.  The undergrowth sprouted up beyond our knees over the summer, leading to a lovely, wild excursion.

We made collections:

Tried some problem solving and teamwork:

Repaired forts:

Took on some challenges:

And searched for wildlife:

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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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14 Responses to Forest Fours

  1. AJ says:

    My co teacher and I are doing nature activities weekly this year. It made it onto the kids weekly list on Friday so I’ll take that as success!

  2. Ritu says:

    Wonderful! We do Forest Schools here with our 4-5 year olds where they go to a country park to explore and learn skills. The little ones in nursery 3-4 years can use our allotment and mud kitchen to feel as one with nature 😍

  3. beetleypete says:

    That’s a good reblog, Jennie. Great to see the kids outside, communing with nature.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  4. Opher says:

    Did I spy a Gruffalo lair??

  5. John says:

    very nice… i really like your blog…

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