Category Archives: problem solving

“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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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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Autism challenges and successes

Climbing Mountains with Autism

Notice how many movies, songs or stories use mountains to symbolize life obstacles? Well here is my mountain story… My son James joined Chelsea Forest School at the end of October. James was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and we have had him in intervention therapy since he was 2 years old. After a lot […]

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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

Problem Solving or… Why Wool Socks are Important!

“Last week one of our children returned from our forest adventure wearing only her thick wool socks on her feet. She had independently solved a problem and we were so excited!” One of the things we work on almost every day at Chelsea Forest School is problem solving. Situations come up repeatedly during play that we as […]

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