LEARNING IN, WITH AND THROUGH NATURE
Some of the natural learning environments that we explore include forests, streams, wetlands, meadows, creeks, farms, and seasonal gardens.
We use the loose parts found in nature to create, make, build, and use our imaginations and creativity.
We allow Nature to be our Teacher.
WHAT DO WE DO?
Build learning communities through play, art, nature, adversity, and resiliency.
Learn in nature as children are innately drawn to it.
Learn through play as it is in this context that children are most receptive.
Honour the will of the child.
Foster language development of French and English.
Offer learning environments that do not teach to predetermined outcomes.
Support children's learning by scaffolding interests, wonders, ideas, creations, questions, thinking, and interactions.
INTRO TO CAT
My fondest childhood memories take place in nature. Hiking and cycling through the Dundas Valley with my dad and sister, as well as regularly exploring the parks, lakes, forests, waterfalls and endless trails of Southern Ontario have all developed my love for the outdoors.
Early in my teaching career, I realized that I could bridge my passions for the outdoors and early childhood education. It was during my time teaching abroad in Thailand and Portugal that I had the inspiration to one day open a forest school.
As a first believer in the benefits of nature, I believe that Nature education is an essential building block for future success.
Allowing children to immerse themselves in the same natural environment on a regular basis builds a comfort and respect for the natural world, all while discovering the natural changes that occur with time and the change in seasons. Allowing children to take supported risks builds their self confidence, team work skills, independence and critical thinking.
My dream for this forest school, a place where the children are immersed in nature no matter the weather or season, is that it supports the development of the whole-child. A school that encourages risk taking, open-ended play and multilingual development. A forest school that empowers children to find and hone their strengths, enabling each individual to shine. A forest school that educates holistically, through nature, community and art.
I firmly believe that our society underestimates the boundless capabilities of young children. They are curious, capable beings. I believe when we take the time to ask questions to children and respectfully challenge those questions is where the magic of knowledge sits.
In my free time, I enjoy hiking the Bruce Trail, swimming, gardening and socializing with dear friends and family.
B.Ed in Kindergarten / Elementary Education (2017)
PYP - IBO (2018)
M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning (2021)
Ph.D. in Early Childhood Education with a focus on Outdoor Education and Forest School Pedagogy - In progress
EAO/OCT - P/J/I
Other AQs: Specialiste - Jardin d’enfants (Kindergarten Specialist)
Cycle intermédiaire, Sciences - Général