The Area of Development in Forest School

The area of development represent the elements of growth and learning that our young ones go through and experience while being in forest school. The focus is still relating them to the child-led activities, reflection and their own realization. These are only the guidelines and the observational field we focus on to understand the learners stage and state of development.

Talking about the magical findings they observe in the woodlands, trying to find words and ways to describe them

Communication and Language Development
Involves giving children opportunities to speak and listen in a range of situations and to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves

Physical Development
Involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive and to develop their coordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

Sharing and Caring for each other becomes part of every session

Personal Social and Emotional Development
Involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves and others. To form positive relationships and develop respect for others. To develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings. To understand socially acceptable behaviors and to have confidence in their own abilities.

A picture taken, from Philippines Forest School

Literacy Development
Involves encouraging children to read and write, both through listening to others reading, and being encouraged to begin to read and write themselves. Children must be given access to a wider range of reading materials – Books, Poems and other materials, to ignite their interest.

Mathematics Development
Involves providing children with opportunities to practice and improve their skills in counting numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems, and to describe shapes, spaces and measures

The wonder of the world

Understanding the World
Involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

Expressive Arts and Design
Involves supporting children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role play and design and technology.

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