We have been reading The Adventures of Bobby Racoon by Thornton Burgess at rest time. And so today, on our morning adventure, when the children found a big hollow tree trunk they were sure it was Bobby’s hollow tree! Climbing inside the trunk was a wonderful sensory experience and also a wonderful opportunity to take turns. You never know what kinds of treasures you are going to find in the forest! #LearningfromtheOutsideIn #lafargewi #iloveforestschool #connectexploreengage #outdoorexploration #publicforestschool
about 5 hours ago, Summer Willis
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Involving kids in sourcing ingredients and helping to prepare a meal is a wonderful way to encourage them to try new foods and also a special way to build community. Everyone was very enthusiastic about chopping veggies for stone soup last week! #LearningfromtheOutsideIn
6 days ago, KFVS
stone soup
stone soup!
chopping
Last week our first snow brought shrieks of delight! On what some adults called a “miserable day” our students had their first fire and enjoyed lunch in its warmth. More children than usual slept at rest time and then they went roaring back out for more. Their eyes were bright with the excitement of the first snow and the new shifts in our daily rhythm. #LearningfromtheOutsideIn #lafargewi #iloveforestschool #connectexploreengage #outdoorexploration #publicforestschool #leaningwithnature
16 days ago, Summer Willis
Fire!
Our days are filled with ample opportunities for children to work together. Solving physical challenges and working together sets them up for real world success. For example when students team up to push the snack wagon! Speaking of teamwork, big thanks to the wonderful crew at KVR who teamed up to move a heavy HVAC unit into one of our classrooms. #teamwork #LearningfromtheOutsideIn #lafargewi #iloveforestschool #connectexploreengage #outdoorexploration #publicforestschool
19 days ago, Summer Willis
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During the forest school day, children engage in deep play. From building structures together, to creating imaginative worlds, to helping build fires to stay toasty warm. The KVFS staff supports children to problem-solve, navigate conflict with positive results, and help each other accomplish great things while honoring relationships. #LearningfromtheOutsideIn #lafargewi #iloveforestschool #connectexploreengage #outdoorexploration #publicforestschool
21 days ago, Summer Willis
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The weather has turned wintry but that doesn’t stop us! Children who play outside in all weather strengthen their resilience and adaptability. And talk about a sensory experience! Playing with sticks and mud and water all while the rain is sprinkling down. What fun! Wearing the right gear for the weather allows our forest school students to experience nature in all seasons! #learningoutdoors #seasonschange #LearningfromtheOutsideIn #lafargewi #iloveforestschool #connectexploreengage #outdoorexploration #publicforestschool
26 days ago, Summer Willis
mud
At forest school students have the opportunity to engage with the mathematical world through their experiences with nature. For example, children notice patterns found on leaves, animals, seeds, water and sticks. Children’s mathematical minds are intrigued noticing the many details, repetition, symmetry, tessellation, and lines in the patterning. Children closely observe and pick up on these patterns with great enthusiasm. #emergentcurriculum #publicforestschool #connectexploreengage #learningfromtheoutsidein #outsideisourcurriculumv #lafargewi
about 1 month ago, Summer Willis
pinecones
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Every day KVFS students have the opportunity to engage deeply with a sensory experience of their physical environment. Playing in sand, making mud cookies and cakes, taking off their shoes, rolling down hills- these are all experiences that bring the children deeply into their physical bodies and also build foundational scientific knowledge about the natural environment. #publicforestschool #connectexploreengage #learningfromtheoutsidein #outsideisourcurriculum
about 1 month ago, Summer Willis
sandcastle
Making huge piles of leaves and burying our friends or jumping in the piles, works all our muscles! Not just our coordination and strength, but our capacity to take turns and negotiate needs. #LearningfromtheOutsideIn #lafargewi #iloveforestschool #connectexploreengage #outdoorexploration #publicforestschool
about 1 month ago, Summer Willis
Leaves!
Leaves
Creating an environment where children can safely explore is essential to building strong bodies and critical thinkers. When the environment is controlled to eliminate any or all risks, children may lose some of their ability to weigh, ponder, and consider their actions and decisions. #LearningFromtheOutsideIn #ForestKindergarten
about 1 month ago, KFVS
tree climbing
river and sticks
more tree climbing
cave exploring
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about 1 month ago, KFVS
a moment at forest school
Great Apple Crunch! KVFS of course did it a bit different - and had apple sauce yesterday!!! yum! Made with Apples from the school garden. Read more about the Great Apple Crunch here: https://cias.wisc.edu/our-events/applecrunch/ #GreatAppleCrunch #WIAppleCrunch #WIF2S #WIFarmtoECE #F2SMonth
about 2 months ago, Summer Willis
Apple Crunch
A break in the rain for a beautiful rainbow was a great way to end our week! These warmer autumn days have been filled with exploration and excitement! #outdoorlearning #lafargewi #forestschool
about 2 months ago, Summer Willis
Rainbow!
All are welcome!
2 months ago, Meaghan Gustafson
Groundbreaking Ceremony Invitation
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2 months ago, KFVS
A moment at Forest School
Come join us in the forest! KVFS has student spaces available for the 2021-2022 School Year. What could be better than learning outside with fresh air and sunshine? Fill out an online application today. #kickapoovalleyforestschool #lafargewi #learningoutside
3 months ago, KVFS
in a cirlce
There are two student spaces available at the Kickapoo Valley Forest School. KVFS students will spend most of their day learning from and playing in nature. More information can be found here: https://www.kickapoovalleyforestschool.org/o/kvfs/page/enrollment
3 months ago, KVFS
student spaces
The La Farge School District's woodworking class, led by Mr. Fowell, built cubbies for the Forest School this past spring. This past week, they were finished and are now on their way to the KVFS classroom at the Kickapoo Valley Reserve. Thanks to LFSD's woodworking students and Mr. Fowell! These cubbies will soon hold the boots, backpacks, raincoats, and lunchboxes of our 32 incoming 4K & 5K students!
4 months ago, KFVS
Cubby prototype
cubby prototype
Ms. Julia finishing
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Join KVFS this Saturday, March 27th Come play in the mud with us, anytime between 10am until 1pm Bring your boots and look for signs starting at the Visitor Center. #kickapoovalleyforestschool
9 months ago, KVFS
A Muddy Day
KVFS has a few student spaces remaining for the 2021-2022 school year. Check out www.kickapoovalleyforestschool.org for more information. Please share this post with your friends! #kickapoovalleyforestschool
9 months ago, KVFS
spaces available