Our Programs

Chelsea Forest School strives to create a community of resilient, active children, empowered by valuing, enjoying and being curious about their natural and social surroundings.

The Programs

Regular Programs
Register for the full year (Sept-June).

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
  • Senior Class  (4-5 year olds) Monday/Wednesday/Friday afternoons  with a lunch day starting at 12:30 every other Friday (FULL for 2017-2018 but we have a waiting list, when enough students on the waiting list will accept more registrations. Contact us to put tour child’s name on the waiting list.)
  • NEW! Full Day Fours (4-5 year olds) Wednesday full day (8:30 – 4 pm). Can be combined with Monday and Friday program.
  • NEW ! The School Age program is suitable for 5-10 year olds who are home schooled or those who wish to combine Forest School programming with the traditional school environment. This program will be offered on Thursdays (FULL for 2017-2018) and Tuesday from 8:30am-4pm for the 2017-18 school year (FULL for 2017-2018 but we have a waiting list, when enough students on the waiting list will accept more registrations. Contact us to put tour child’s name on the waiting list.)

For the 2017-2018 School year, class starts on September 5th, 2017.

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Special Programs
Register for specific days only.

  • The PD Day program is offered as a half-day or full-day on each of the French and English school board PD days. The FULL day runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. ($40) and the HALF day runs from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. OR 1 to 4 p.m. ($20).
    • Dates for 2017-2018:
      • Oct. 20 ( WQSB)
      • Nov. 17 (CSPO)
      • Nov. 24 (WQSB) (Will be held at the Gatineau Park Visitor Center, 33 chemin Scott)
      • Dec. 1 (CSPO)
      • Feb. 5 (CSPO)

Register now!

 

A Bilingual Outdoor School

Our goal is to have a bilingual teacher in addition to the duty parent in each class (no duty parents for school-age program). Classes with 6 or fewer students will have only 1 teacher and a duty parent. Together, we learn to be comfortable away from mom and dad, to share materials and ideas with a group of our peers , to wait for our turn, get our needs met by adults other than our parents, and to solve conflicts using our words.

Our curriculum is play-based and uses the Forest School model. We learn to be comfortable outdoors in all weather and circumstances, building our resilience, and love of nature. We learn to work together as a team and trust each other, developing our self-confidence, problem solving skills, emotional intelligence, creativity and social skills while taking supported risks in a developmentally appropriate manner.

The challenges undertaken by the class depends on the maturity and the ability of the children in the class. A class may even be subdivided so that kids with similar interests can thrive.

Along the way, we develop our math skills by counting, observing and making patterns, sorting, and  measuring. Language skills are developed through story telling, rhyming, descriptive words, and simple day to day use and exposure.

 Special events include field trips, a Halloween party, a Christmas show, and an end of the year beach party.

For answers to other potential questions, check out our FAQ page or more information about the Forest School.