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Forest School

Resources about Forest School and outdoor educational activities for students

Featured Books from Your ATA Library

A Forest Days Handbook: Program Design for School Days Outside

The Forest Days Handbook answers the frequently asked questions about choosing an outdoor classroom space, developing routines, building light infrastructure, and offers narrative examples of what a kindergarten Forest Day might look like. This book gives a passionate teacher the confidence to step beyond the schoolyard.

A Little Bit of Dirt

Dandelion Bubbles, Rain Drums, Seed Bomb Lollipops and more! Bursting with creative hands-on outdoor science and art activities, A Little Bit of Dirt is full of motivation to get outside and explore. Whether you're investigating the health of your local stream, making beautiful acrylic sunprints with leaves and flowers, running an experiment with your backyard birds, or concocting nature potions, you'll be fostering an important connection with nature.

The Outdoor Classroom in Practice, Ages 3-7

This book offers comprehensive guidance on how the outdoor environment can be used to teach and challenge all children across a range of settings drawing on forest school practice. Following a month-by-month format, each chapter provides a selection of theme-related play experiences alongside planning and evaluations of how the ideas described were carried out, and reveals the impact that they had on the children.

Cultivating Outdoor Classrooms

This book is filled with guidance to help you plan, design, and create an outdoor learning program that is a rich, thoughtfully equipped, natural extension of your indoor curriculum. Cultivating Outdoor Classrooms promotes the idea that if you can do it indoors, you can probably do it outside as well.

A Practical Guide to Nature-Based Practice

Children in the Early Years need dynamic and complex outdoor environments and opportunities for risk and challenge, to play with abandon, and have first-hand experiences in nature. In this exciting book, Buchan provides a background to forest school and its relevance to Early Years settings, outlines the challenges and benefits of free play and a risk-taking disposition in children, and uses case studies from educators to explore the concept of nature-based practice.

International Perspectives on Forest School

This book explores the global similarities between the Forest School approach and how natural spaces are being used all over the world in education. Written by a range of international authors, the text includes perspectives from: - Sweden - Portugal - Brazil - Germany - Slovenia - South Africa - Australia - USA and Canada - India It considers the impact that global influences have on early learning.

Developing Young Children's Mathematical Learning Outdoors

Linda Keith provides detailed guidance and practical advice on planning mathematical experiences for young children outdoors in this book. By examining the key features of a mathematically rich outdoor environment, she illustrates how this can motivate children in leading their own learning and mathematical thinking.

Balanced and Barefoot

This book shows how outdoor play and unstructured freedom of movement are vital for children's cognitive development and growth, and offers tons of fun, engaging ways to help ensure that kids grow into healthy, balanced, and resilient adults. Studies show that children need "rough and tumble" outdoor play in order to develop their sensory, motor, and executive functions. Today it is rare to find children rolling down hills, climbing trees, or spinning in circles just for fun. We've taken away merry-go-rounds, shortened the length of swings, and done away with teeter-totters to keep children safe. With this book, you'll discover little things you can do anytime, anywhere to help your kids achieve the movement they need to be happy and healthy in mind, body, and spirit.

Outdoor Science Lab for Kids

Learn physics, chemistry, and biology in your own backyard! In Outdoor Science Lab for Kids, Liz Heinecke has created 52 family-friendly labs designed to get you and yours outside in every season. From playground physics to backyard bugs, this book makes it fun and easy to dig into the natural sciences and learn more about the world around you.

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