Today was an exciting day as we were filming the forest school sessions. We are doing this to help others understand what forest school looks like and what the benefits might be so that more children might have access to this type of learning. This 
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Today was an exciting day as we were filming the forest school sessions. We are doing this to help others understand what forest school looks like and what the benefits could be so that more children might have access to this type of learning. This 
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They were given the opportunity for free play upon arrival at basecamp and most ofthe children were excited to build their nests. They naturally divided themselves intosmaller groups or individuals. There was clay for the nests to those who werelooking for it. Apart from that 
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We looked the the materials in the nest. What was the difference between the outside materials and the inside materials? They found white long hairs in the inside. This nest came from my garden. I told how I clean the hairs from my comb during 
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So much happens in a forest school session. Each group has a different experience as the environment, the leader, the resources and the children themselves all co-create what happens. We also had a drawing sit spot where we could draw what we noticed during our 
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The children are already creating memories and routines. They are finding many treasures and using their sensory and observation skills to develop their curiosity. For more photos and information have a look at Liz McMahon’s blog on Forest Friday | DLR Creativity in the Classroom 
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It’s always a treat to observe how classes who have been to Forest Fridays engage with the environment. Our main role is to remind them of the structure, provide opportunities for learning and connection and creativity, and to keep time! We are also very lucky 
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Junior Infants had their first session in the forest today. They used all their senses and their imaginations and had lots of fun learning. They noticed things with their ears and hands and bodies and eyes and noses and mouths and did lots of wondering, 
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Forest school is a long-term process of regular sessions, rather than a one-off or infrequent visits. The essence of forest school is the building and developing of relationships; with ourselves, each other and nature. This can’t be done in a one off session. (One off 
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It was a cold, still and cloudy morning. There was almost no wind in our base camp and we could hear lots of birds singing away throughout the session. Today’s theme was to think about the third of the forest school principles: “holistic development”. Forest School 
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