These days spent together in natural environments will forge memories which will last a lifetime. Children will form skills, knowledge and friendships which will help them to be strong and confident learners. Our Forest School program is for children 3 to 6 years old and will cover the areas of Lennox Head, Ballina and the hinterland.
Spaces will be limited so we encourage you to register your interest here. We will be in touch as soon as we are ready to start (mid to late 2019).
For children aged 3 to 6 years old
No two days are the same at Forest School! Why? Because children are able to direct their own play, learning and exploration. This is however what we see a 'typical day' to be as it engages and supports the children in their emotional, physical, spiritual and cognitive development.
The children arrive at our meeting point to gather as a community before we journey to our 'base camp'. We get ready for a day full of adventures by ensuring everyone is wearing the right clothes, has sunscreen and insect repellent on. We then move to our predetermined base and we form a yarning circle to discuss the possibilities for the day.
Some activities might include:
creating with clay, tinkering and other arts based skills
exploring the environment
learning about local fauna and flora
building bugs houses
replanting native flora
and so much more.
These practices are shown to develop independence, resilience, patience, team building, cognitive and emotional skills as well as foster curiosity, creativity and sustainable living practises.
A typical day at Big Scrub Forest School
It is important to recognise that while occasionally mentors might set up invitations and provide gentle guidance, our focus is on child-led play, meaning that children are in charge of their own play and learning. We are there to support and when necessary, facilitate.
After lunch the children may wish to rest so a quiet area will be set up under the trees for sleeping, story time or quiet play.
In the afternoon we will have more play and activities before we head back to our meeting point. Here we talk about our day - we share and discuss what we discovered during our day of adventures and talk about what we may wish to do on the next Forest School day.
Throughout the year we might change our 'base camp' location in order to minimise our ecological impact. At the same time we try to explore different environments with unique features that will expose children to the rich biodiversity of the Northern Rivers NSW region.
Oh and did we mention that we are all-weather kind of folks? So yes, we will still head out even if it's cold and wet. Nature is no less magical, there is just a different kind of magic happening. And it’s worth giving a shot.
There’s a wonderful Norwegian saying – “Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlig klær!” which translates to “There is no bad weather, only bad clothes!”, and we wholeheartedly agree.
This is a drop off program.
When: Every Friday, 9:30am - 1:00pm
Where: Various locations between Lennox, Ballina & hinterland