An Introduction to Forest School- Kay Rasmussen

Participants of this workshop will engage in and learn about the following areas:
-Explore principles and practice of Forest School learning: history, ethos, approach and benefits for all children
-Explore a typical Forest School learning session as the educator, including an introduction to Risk-Benefit Assessments and Non-Violent Communication Strategies
-Engage in collaborative discussion regarding current barriers restricting Forest School learning and scaffold strategies for supportive action
-Hands on Forest School activity centers including fire building, cooking bannock on an open fire, art with loose parts, tools, ropes
-An introduction to planning and recording learning experiences to meet curriculum demands and external expectations
-Learn techniques to implement principles and practices into the context of each individual service or community
-Oral story telling circle, shared experiences, drum songs
-A background on Forest School Canada and how to take/register for the Forest School Practitioner Course
-Sharing teachings from Treaty 3 and how Boreal Forest School incorporates traditional teachings into our daily practice to promote reconciliation and connection to the land for all children
-How to start a Forest and Nature School or program
-Explore Forest School as a child and engage in a 1 hour free play session followed by discussion

Workshop time: Saturday Full Day

Group that this workshop is best suited for: Preschool to 10 years of age

Presenter Bio:

Kay Rasmussen is an OCT, ECE, and trained Forest School Practitioner with the Child and Nature Alliance of Canada and the owner of Boreal Forest School in Kenora, ON. Kay has been taking children outside to play and learn for 6 years and is looking forward to sharing her experiences with you. Kay has experience working with children who have FASD, ADHD, and ODD within Forest School settings. Kay is a proud member of the Metis Nation and is honoured to take the children out on the land of Treaty 3 to learn.