The Forest Classroom is the perfect beginner’s guide to running a successful forest school.
A forest classroom is a place of adventure, discovery, and imagination. It can also be a wonderful place to learn about math and science, explore art and crafts, and develop language and social skills.
This practical book will show you how to engage your children in fun and educational forest-school activities.
Suitable for forest school leaders, teachers, and parents with children aged 4 to 10, to learn in a forest, school nature area, local park or your own backyard.
Written by Cathy James, the author of The Garden Classroom.
Want to get your kids outdoors and connecting with nature?
This is the guide for you!
40+ forest school lesson plans and activities
You will be able to deliver lessons your children love, including:
Opening the session
Closing the session
Camp Fire Food
Forest Treasure Hunts
Parts of a Tree
Learning about Clouds
Forest Food Chains
Nature Colour Wheel
Flower and Leaf Crowns
10 Things in Ten Minutes
19 Forest School Math and Literacy activities
16 practical forest school printable sets
You’ll also receive a folder full of useful printables that make it so easy for you to teach and share resources with your children, including:
- Lesson Planner
- Welcome Song poster
- Farewell Song poster
- Journal Pages for writing and sketching
- Foraging guides including wild garlic, elderberry, blackberry and hawthorn
- Parts of a Tree set
- Tree ID set
- Cloud ID set
- Forest Food Chains set
- Forest Treasure Hunt
- Leaf Letters
- Leaf Numbers
- Nature Colour Wheel
The Forest Classroom is the perfect beginner’s guide to forest school.
It begins by guiding you through how to structure your forest classroom sessions. You’ll learn how to open your sessions, make everyone feel welcome, and set the tone for learning in this special classroom.
The activities work with children, and adults, of all ages but are created with children aged four to ten in mind. You can use them wherever you have access to nature, be that a forest, school nature area, a local park or your own back yard.
The book is filled with a wide variety of easy-to-implement, engaging activities that you can use with your children to explore the breadth of the traditional curriculum. You can add any combination of these activities to your provision, to suit the interests of your children, the time of year, and your timetable.
You’ll find plant ID guides, food chain lessons, and cloud investigations to explore science. Story stones and natural journaling will develop language skills, and there’s a variety of hands-on, forest-themed math activities. Leaf crowns, clay faces, twig weaving, and nature colour wheels use the forest to create art and crafts. The foraging guide and campfire food recipes will let you enjoy tasty forest treats. And the sit spots and forest mandalas invite you to find the calm, quite connections within yourself and this remarkable place.
The book is accompanied by a Printables folder full of all sorts of brilliant resources that you can print out and take to the forest with you. They’ll make it easy for you to run your forest classroom sessions, providing guides, prompts, and learning materials to share with your children.
Available now for only $19.99, download your copy of The Forest Classroom here.
A beginner’s guide to forest school
- useful guides to help you structure your session
- a forest school planner to get you easily organised
- 40+ lesson plans for activities you can combine to suit your needs
- 16 sets of printable lesson aides that make it so easy to run your sessions
- for ages 4 – 10
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