Working together can enhance a child’s progress and resilience at Forest School.
We would like to share the following tips and information with our Parents so that we are both working together.
Robins begin their off-site adventures and our owls become competent Forest Schoolers.
- Remind children to always be where you can see them. We play the 1-2-3 -where are you? Game in the woods.
- Your child then answers…. “1-2-3 I’m over here!” this enables you to track their position. They are familiar with this from the beginning of their off-site visits.
- Sticks are excellent tools- however we ask children to manage “safety” by always holding them pointing down to the ground. This prevents poking or eye prodding or any stick accidents.
- Stopping and listening to sounds in nature – such as birds promotes listening and woodland sounds.
Skills in General
- When your child is climbing ask them to think about their choices and ask them “is that safe?” this enables them to begin to do their own risk assessments.
- Never lift a child to a place of height or to a tree that they did not climb up themselves. If they could not get up, they won’t be able to get down. It gives them reasons to practice. They feel such a sense of achievement when they finally conquer it.
- Reminding children that lots of things in nature can give us a poorly tummy. Never put anything in our mouth without telling a grown up
We hope you find this information a useful share.