CORE VALUES AND PRINCIPLES OF FOREST/NATURE SCHOOL
We define Forest/Nature School as an educational ethos and practice that centres the Land and the child-at-play. Children and educators build a relationship with the Land through regular and repeated access to the same outdoor space over an extended period of time. Educators support learning through a pedagogical framework that is rooted in place and play, directed and inspired by the child (emergent curriculum), and driven by a process of inquiry.
Forest/Nature School is founded on three pillars:
● Reciprocal Relationships
THE REGGIO EMILIA APPROACH
The Reggio Emilia Approach® is an educational philosophy based on the image of a child with strong potentialities for learning and a subject with rights, who learns through the hundred languages belonging to all human beings, and grows in relations with others.
We seek to reinterpret these educational philosophies with Forest School/Nature School Principles, in order, to live out the educational values we believe in about children, the world, and learning.