Do your kids love being outside and learning outdoors?
If you haven’t looked into forest school or wildschooling, then it’s time to start learning about it.
Homeschooling families are coming together year-round and learning outdoors with their kids. You can too.
What Is Forest School?
While this article is more about learning outdoors, the Forest School model is a good example of how learning outdoors can look. Here’s a little information about Forest School.
- It’s a nature-based approach to learning.
- Forest school is usually combined with a child-led learning approach.
- Focuses on developing the whole child.
- Forest school also promotes play-based learning.
An Introduction to Forest School
Watch this video to gain some understanding of what forest school is about.
What Do Children Learn Through Outdoor Learning Opportunities?
- Kids develop an understanding of nature and the world around them.
- They learn how to assess their own bodies and minimize risk within nature.
- Children develop an appreciation of nature.
Listen to the HomeSchool ThinkTank Parenting Podcast
You can listen to this podcast episode about learning outdoors and forest school in this episode of the HomeSchool ThinkTank Parenting Podcast.
Forest School Focuses on the Whole Child
Proponents of forest school focus not only on the child’s intellectual needs, but on all of the child’s needs. For example, a child’s emotional needs are equally important to their intellectual or physical needs within a forest school environment.
What Nature Teaches Children
Benefits of Learning Outdoors
As a result of focusing on the whole child, the benefits of forest school can be large. Children can improve the following when involved in a good forest school program.
- Social skills.
- Communication skills.
- Physical skills.
- Environmental awareness and knowledge.
- General happiness.
Fun Science Lessons
If you want to incorporate fun science lessons into your outdoor learning time, then check out our article about Backpack Sciences.
How to Incorporate Outdoor Learning Into Your Homeschool
You can start incorporating outdoor learning into your daily or weekly plan. Simply get together with another family each week outdoors. The time that you spend outdoors will vary depending on your personal circumstances.
Use your children’s curiosity as a springboard to learn more. Go to your local library and check out Netflix and YouTube for documentaries to help you learn more.
More Styles of Homeschooling
You can learn about wildschooling and many more approaches to homeschooling here.