A learning method that reconnects children to the natural world, forest schooling takes teaching to our forests and woodland areas. It provides a holistic learning experience that focuses on the development of a child, not just academically but as an individual - building self-esteem, social skills, the ability to problem-solve and other characteristics, in addition to some aspects of a traditional syllabus.
Discover the forest schooling learning method – how it differs from other forms of outdoor education and its benefits both to children – with insight into how it can help those with additional needs and your career. You’ll also learn essential information about physical, psychological, and emotional development in children and the ways in which forest schooling can support these.
We’ll take you through the practical activities of forest schooling and what is involved in each. You’ll learn about tree-climbing, obstacle courses and other games, sensory walks, foraging, shelter-building, nature-based arts and crafts, woodworking, animal tracking, and the most popular forest school activity — campfire building. The course also covers the safety measures that are taken, especially with those activities that have an element of risk.
You’ll learn about the neuroscience that backs the forest schooling approach and take a look into some of the therapeutic benefits of this learning method.
By studying this course, you will:
- Explore the benefits of forest schooling
- Gain an understanding of child development
- Understand the activities children undertake in forest school
- Discover the neuroscience behind forest schooling and its therapeutic uses