I wrote an introduction to Forest School last year and so it was a great pleasure to be able to revisit the topic last week. I had enjoyed finding out about the objectives and benefits of Forest School, and I couldn’t wait until Finn was old enough to join in. Unfortunately, at the moment, due to work and other commitments, it is hard to find time to do any extracurricular activities at all, especially those that require attendance over a number of weeks. Then I happened to see that Outdoor Tribe were advertising taster sessions in North Northamptonshire and I thought that it would be the perfect opportunity to go along and experience first hand how positive it could be for me and Finn.
In my last post, I mentioned that Forest School is an ongoing process, with a minimum of 6 weeks needed to have the desired benefit. However, that’s not to say that a one off taster session has no merit. It’s a great chance to learn about the theory behind Forest School and try out some of the activities. Any time spent outdoors is never wasted as far as I’m concerned!
As Finn is only 2 years old, I had to help him and tailor some of the activities, but having said that, he surprised me with his understanding. With older children, the idea is that they very much decide the agenda, but as decision making isn’t his strong point (unless it involves food) I guided him as best as I could.
Finn loved exploring the wood and balancing on the logs. It was great to see him getting stuck in as he is quite cautious by nature, plus he was the youngest there. One of the activities we did was finding different leaves. This encourages children to look around them and connect with their surroundings. I didn’t expect Finn to understand, but he actually did. I had to