KVFS making national news! This is a different version of the story that played on WPR yesterday. Link: https://www.npr.org/2021/12/21/1066169801/as-the-pandemic-persists-more-schools-embrace-outdoor-classes
Tree climbing! Supported, safe environment for healthy risk taking. #learningfromtheoutsidein #lafargewisconsin #connectexploreengage #publicforestschool #learningwithnature
Students took time this week to check out a library book from our growing KVFS library. The KVFS library is thoughtfully curated by staff and trained librarians. Many of the books found in this library are nature themed and/or depict children from various backgrounds. Students will be able to check out books as they return the previous one. We hope that this helps nurture a lifelong love for books!
Kickapoo Valley Forest School will be dismissing at 1:00pm today. Please call the school office with changes to your child's dismissal plans.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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
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
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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