Category Archives: Gatineau

“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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Chelsea Forest School

On fait semblant maman (ou l’art de jouer sans jouet)!

En inscrivant ma petite fille à l’École en Forêt de Chelsea, je me doutais bien qu’elle aurait la chance de vivre de belles expériences en nature, mais je n’avais pas réalisé à quel point elle ferait autant d’autres apprentissages. Utiliser son imagination en est un qui lui sert quotidiennement! Savoir se divertir et solutionner des […]

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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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Chelsea Forest School - student support

A Helping Hand!

  Over the winter Chelsea Forest School’s children have changed focus – Initially they focused on themselves. Now they are supporting those around them. They changed from worrying about winning to cheering on their friends who were in the lead! When climbing up the big sliding hill, climbing challenges created big frustrations. Just figuring out […]

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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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En Plein Air

En tant qu’amateur de plein air, je rêvais d’amener mes enfants en randonnée, faire du camping sauvage, du canot, du ski de fond toute une journée… Je me suis vite rendue compte que 3 km était un gros accomplissement pour un enfant! La réalité est que les tout-petits ne sont pas toujours patients dans leurs […]

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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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Chelsea Forest School

The Value of Sticks

On a recent parent duty day at Chelsea Forest School I found myself having to navigate the ‘stick’iness of trying to convince two four year olds that other sticks in the forest were just as good as the one they were arguing over. Both were convinced they had found the stick first and it was […]

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