Category Archives: School

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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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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Adult Forest School

Join us on March 9th as Chelsea Forest School offers an evening in the forest for adults. Why should the children be the only ones that benefit from Forest School? What to Expect • Learning – Expect to smile and learn. We’re not sure exactly what’s on the agenda because each class develops based on the interests […]

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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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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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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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