Category Archives: Child Led Learning

“The woods are alive with the sound of animals….”

Yesterday at the Chelsea Forest School Family Drop-in, we encountered so many creatures we normally do not see on our weekly forest walks.  Our first surprise was to see a beaver in plain view in daytime!  He (or she) was lazily resting on the bank of the engorged stream for the entire morning!  His dam […]

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Child Led Learning

Trust the Children

Child led learning. The premise is simple; observe the children at play, follow up on what they are interested in, extend the learning by providing appropriate materials, and/or locations. But, throw in a little unpredictable Mother Nature and this gets infinitely more difficult. Wonderful play that involved digging and building in the deep snow, as […]

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child led learning

What, exactly, are the kids learning at Forest School?

I remember a couple years back when I was new to Chelsea Forest School and my oldest son was attending the mixed class. After I watched the kids interact on the playground  I started to wonder: “What exactly are the kids learning at Forest School? It looks like all they do is play in the […]

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Outdoor learning

Homeschool and Family Drop-in Program

Wow! It’s currently a completely different world out there… we can now walk anywhere in the forest on the hard-packed snow. It’s easy for us to explore places and share secrets of the forest that were previously inaccessible. Forest School is all about learning through play: letting kids lead the play and run with their […]

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Fire Safety

“Playing with Fire!” at Chelsea Forest School

When parents sign our waivers upon registering their child at Chelsea Forest School, they may be taken aback by the clause that refers to using knives, saws and having fires. Say what?! Forest school pedagogy believes in providing opportunity for supported risk. It is only by learning how to manage risk that we can truly […]

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Learner Led Learning

Tales from the Forest

Each week, Chelsea Forest School draws students from places like Ottawa, Gatineau, Aylmer, Hull and further afield. Each program and class are different because students lead the learning – supported by qualified teachers. Last week saw students from three to ten years old learn math, physics, language and social skills in outdoor “forest” settings. Below […]

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Outdoor Learning

Forest School PD Day

  As our recent Chelsea Forest School PD Day program started, nervous excitement filled the air as new Forest School children wondered what was in store… The day started, as always, with a quick circle meeting to suggest some outdoor options where play and learning are synonymous. At Forest School students lead the learning and […]

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Winter Learning

  A few weeks ago, we introduced snowshoes to our young students at Chelsea Forest School. Our preschoolers enjoy using these to explore the forest and learn new skills about how to move, play and help each other. We learn about animal tracks and habitats while exploring winter animals with a book to support their […]

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Our Programs

We run a number of different classes/programs depending on the age of the child: Junior Class ( 3 years old by Dec.31st)  Tuesday/Thursday mornings 8:30-11:30 Mixed Age Class  (3.5-5 years old) Monday/Wednesday/Friday mornings 8:30-11:30 with an extended morning (lunch day)  every other Friday (until 12pm)  Senior Class  (4-5 year olds) Monday/Wednesday/Friday afternoons  with a lunch day starting at 12:30 […]

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