A Year of Forest School: Outdoor Play and Skill-building Fun for Every Season

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If you're not familiar with the concept of "Forest School", pull up a (toad)stool and let us (cedar) wax(wing) poetic about it for a moment. Forest School is both an ideology and an educative methodology that creates a process of inspiration by having humans interact with natural spaces. This book is a practical hands-on guide to harnessing the magical, ceaseless curiosity of childhood and directing it, gently and naturally, towards discovery (and self-discovery) of all of the things that might be possible when the utility of one's own hands are paired with the power of knowledge and imagination in equal measure. Plus, it all really just sounds so darn fun! This book is divided by season, each "chapter" full of step-by-step instructions for getting kiddoes out of their routines and into nature. An entry titled "bramble cordage" teaches us how to make rope and string from blackberry canes and honeysuckle. An entry on "sistrums" (an ancient Egyptian instrument similar to a maraca) asks us to pause in springtime to consider the trilling threads-birdsong, water droplets, a chorus of bees visiting early tulip poplars-that make up the fabric of sounds that festoon the woodland branches and join in the symphony with a handmade rattle and a barbaric yawp. An entry on "blackberry ink and feather quills" fashions a whole desk-full of writing implements from foraged goods, another on "evergreen brushes" fashions an artists palette. Fire building. Shelter construction. Wild foraging. Tracking. Intuition. Survival. Wonder. Celebration. All of the good things in a beautifully illustrated volume that's small and light enough to take along with you on your wanderings.

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