Most kids today do not get enough time outside and not enough free play time. Yet research keeps telling us how beneficial it is.
Every week, we will do our core routines of grateful greetings, expanding sensory awareness, wandering, befriending local plants and animals, mindful sit spot, making music and storytelling. Morning and end circle are times for bonding, sharing and setting the tone of kindness, mindfulness and joy!
There will be lots of time for child-led play, following the emergent imagination of the kids at the very moment. If the children are interested, we will introduce mapping, tracking, journaling, land art and crafts, tree climbing, shallow water and mud play, building forts and fairy houses, drumming, making fire and fire safety. We recognize the benefits of adventurous play yet take many measurements to ensure safety. We co-assess and co-manage risk with the children, so that they learn to acknowledge, manage and overcome risks, in order to be exposed to the benefits of risk, rather than the hazards.
The program is based on Nature Awareness Mentoring (also called Coyote Mentoring or the 8 Shields model) that is a way to foster nature connection that is used in many outdoor schools.