Level: Form I (K–3rd grades)
NEW in 2022-2023! Forest School is being offered to Form 1 families who desire an afternoon option for their students to have (mostly) unstructured outdoor play time. Charlotte Mason was a strong advocate of encouraging extensive hours of child-directed free play and exploration, especially in the early years. In Forest School, outside exploration is child-led, resulting in an emerging rather than prescribed curriculum. Children are allowed to take risks and are guided by their teachers in how to take those risks appropriately. The agenda and lesson for each day will vary based on the natural phenomena available and the students’ interests. Informal lessons may take place on an individual level as well as in periodic group lessons. As much as possible, the teacher will aim to weave in informal, age- appropriate lessons throughout the day in subjects as varied as geography, botany, biology, physical education, music, and the scientific method.