Tag 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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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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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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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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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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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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Our Programs

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 Mixed Age Class  (3.5-5 years old) Monday/Wednesday/Friday mornings 8:30-11:30 with an extended morning (lunch day)  every other Friday (until 12pm)  Senior Class  (4-5 year olds) Monday/Wednesday/Friday afternoons  with a lunch day starting at 12:30 […]

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Chelsea Forest School

Welcome to Chelsea Forest School! Forest School is an inspirational process, that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees.   Our Teachers Our teaching director has completed her Level 3 Forest School Practioner’s Qualifications, and our other teachers […]

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