Category Archives: Ottawa

health benefits of being outdoors

Ottawa Citizen: “Kids are now heavier, rounder and weaker.”

“Kids are now heavier, rounder and weaker,” says Wayne Scanlon (Ottawa Citizen) in an article recently. The article compares 12 year olds in 1981 and 2007 and suggests children from a generation ago were healthier in many ways because they were more active outside. The article suggests the solution is simple: “Get outdoors.” Chelsea Forest School […]

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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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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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Register

  Welcome to Chelsea Forest School!  Below you will find the forms for registration as well as the fee structure for each program.  Please note that both internal and external registration is on a first come, first serve basis and that we only have 12 spots per class. For the school year 2017-2018, the school […]

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