The Forest School curriculm is loosely based on Waldof
Philosophy. It is largely directed by
the children's interests and what is going on in their lives
and that of the natural environment. It is
grounded in a desire to nurture peaceful, creative,
intelligent people with an ethic of environmentaly
and social responsibility.
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of the Forest School are many things - creative and
imaginative, caring and compassionate, indepdent, willful,
intelligent and inspiring. Each brings with them a
unique view of the world. All are searching to
learn, to be heard and understood, and to define their place
in the natural order of things.
of the Forest School are an eclectic collection of people who are looking
for learning alternatives. Many are home schooling families, and some are
attending the Forest School as a means of augmenting their children’s
public school experiences.
of the Forest School share a love of children, a
passion for their work and a faith in human potential. The staff
comes with varied educational backgrounds and life experiences. They
guide and support learners in exploring their interests; initiate
interesting quests and invite students to come along, and arrange
opportunities for play, discovery, adventure and “do-ing”.
of The Forest School are community members, parents, professionals,
experienced educators and each other. The school values the knowledge and
experiences of everyone.
The Forest School is located at 413 Palisades Road, South Gillies. The
indoor space is full of light and air, is roomy and comfy and has an
earthy and magical feel to it. The outdoor space is 130 acres with a pond,
a field and forest all around. There is plenty of room for exploring,
climbing, crawling, smelling, getting dirty … Although the forest is full
of natural beauty and magical spots, we have dreams of debris huts, tree
houses and other wonderful meeting places.
The school aims to evolve into a centre that offers programs on a regular
basis for learners of all ages - offering various workshops and special
events, organizing family service projects, coordinating a learning
A Day In The Life…
The typical day at the Forest School begins outside with time for
building, exploring, running and helping with daily life and chores around
the Forest School. After our morning sun salutations we spend time in our
individual sit spots (special places in the forest), where we spend time
connecting with the earth and ourselves. We then head inside for a
communal snack, followed by our circle time, which involves activities and
learning centered on the day’s theme as well as time for a story.
Creative play follows, where the children transform the space and
themselves into everything imaginable. There are organized art activities
and ongoing art projects that the children may choose to work on. After
our communal lunch, folks head off for their quiet time. Some may work on
journals, others may read or make puzzles. As this winds down (and the
kids wind up), we again head outside for our days adventure. We spend
time learning about the rhythms and life found in the natural world. We
explore, discover and definitely get dirty. The last part of the day is
spent inside following up with the day’s theme (either doing art,
movement, completing projects etc) or engaging in specific sessional
classes. E.g. games from around the world, gardening, moon journals etc.
After our closing circle, kids gear up and head outside to meet their
Finding your Way
schol is approximately 45 minutes from Thunder Bay.
Take Hwy #61 to Hwy #608 South Gillies. turn right
onto Hwy #608 and continue to the end. Turn left on
Hwy #595 (you are at South Gillies), and then take your
first right onto Pallisades Road. The Forest School is
at fire number 413 (approximately 4km down Palisades).
The driveway is 3/4 km long. Keep on the left
road and you will find yourself at the Forest School (and
Both Hands Bread Bakery).
not the filling of a pail
but the lighting of a fire"
- William Butler Yeats
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