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Old 01-28-2015, 08:48 PM
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I wish I could run a forest kindergarten it has been a dream of mine. As I meet with my families I realize that such a kindergarten is possibly a culture clash in the area I live. I mean 1 out of the 4 families I serve would be interested. That is a small percent. I would travel to learn about it then bring it to an area I know were it would be utilized. It is sad to see the disconnect and fear our society has with what holds sustains and balances our lives

As a society we are connected but not all of us are connected to the nature around us. We are exploiting our resources and planet but in a way that is not caring and giving back to it. We are not happy with what we have and buying things that exploit resources. Nature gives us plenty of toys. Sure natures toys can hurt can get a child dirty but so can many of the man made ones. The detergents people use to wash there clothes are harming skin and environment. Its ok for kids to get a little muddy its ok and its healthy physiologically and psychologically. The outdoors is a natural sensorynplayground in its own way. Its various sized rocks and biological diversity are a wonder and curiosity. The outdoors lends an open mind and it creates an opened mind. If you engage in its wonder and splendor the animals have a lesson the plants have a lesson the weather has a lesson the fungi have a lesson.

If I dwelled and taught with children in this place maybe they would grow knowing what really is important

This wrapped.up convenient life is convenient for us but has a price that is not paid in currency.

Yeah I went there!#!!!
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Old 01-29-2015, 07:40 AM
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This has been something I've often dreamed of, as well.

Our new house will be on 5 acres, with a share of a 10-acre pond, marshy area, and woods. I will definately be incorporating that into my program. The tough part is, if you're rural, you're rural. So, it means parents have further to drive and thus it's tougher to attract families. If you're in town, there is no "forest", so it's tricky to have a good forest school.

I suppose someone in town could offer transportation, but that add further complications.

I also get mostly infants and toddlers (the 2's and up go to the centers...in town), and taking 5 kiddos, 2 of whom can't walk, into the woods is another challenge. They really don't make good all-terrain strollers, do they?
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Old 07-29-2016, 11:49 AM
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I've always told my parents we spend a lot of time outside and follow Richard Louv and his group. Now I'm reading David Sobel's Nature Preschools and Forest Kindergartens: The Handbook for Outdoor Learning. There isn't any training in my area so I may need to travel for it eventually. Our goal is to get as close as we can to this model by buying property and building a base camp, etc. The trend is spreading, slowly, but all the same so I'm feeling confident and very excited!
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We are buying a new home on 14 acres of wooded land. It is directly next to the town (off of a dead end street in town, actually, 2 blocks from Main St!) and would make an amazing location for a forest school. I love nature (hence the move!) and am really excited to start a new program there. I have been in a major 'daycare' slump, and making moves to get out, but the new land has put my train of thought in a different direction.
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