Guest Blogpost

It has been encouraging to read the many social media posts and blogs that our members are sharing with their Forest School communities, giving tiny tastes of Forest School that their families can be used to stay connected. Bringing messages of hope, reminding people that nature has so much to be curious about and that Spring really is on its way. Sharing play prompts, our enthusiasm and passion for Forest School is a powerful way to continue role modelling how human beings need nature and each other.

As Forest School leaders we are used to being proactive rather than reactive. Understanding risks, being clear about the benefits. Seeing our own behaviour and the behaviour of others as communication.

This is a time for us all to decide what kind of leaders we want to be? Some of us are still working in schools and other childcare settings, providing sessions for children of key workers or bringing the power of nature to our poorest children.

How might we support each other at this incredibly difficult time?

Behind the scenes, various projects have been in the development phase. Some of these may need to be given greater priority to meet the needs of our members and help you to meet the needs of your communities.

Some of us already make use of research and reports from the Education Endowment Fund. This database has some useful thoughts including:
‘Parents can support their children by encouraging them to
set goals, plan, and manage their time, effort, and emotions.
This type of support can help children to regulate their own
learning and will often be more valuable than direct help
with homework tasks.’

I wonder if the author of this has ever visited Forest School? Sharing the holistic, learner-centred approach of Forest School may be a great gift to parents finding themselves battling to get children sat at a table, filling in worksheets. This is not ‘Home Schooling’. Parents who choose to homeschool take children to museums, art centers, make music with friends, take their children to community Forest School groups, follow their children’s interests.

These are exceptional times. Forest School posts may keep families hopeful and rescue children from hours of sedentary television and computer games.’

Sarah Lawfull, FSA Director

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