Our daily schedule offers time for children to participate in both group activities and independent child choice activities.
Sample Forest School Day at Preschool
Arrival and hand washing with parent
Preschool Opens – Invitations to Play*/Free Play
9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Opening Circle of Forest School
10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
First Group goes to Tiny Forest Adventure
Others: Forest School Activity Stations and Free Play
Rolling Lunches (eat when hungry usually with a few friends)
10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Second Group goes to Tiny Forest Adventure
11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Clean up together
11:45 p.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Circle activity, e.g. Story, songs, game
The Owl spots when the parent arrives and sends each child home.
*An invitation to play is a pedagogical tool where an area is specially set up to inspire play with a particular set of learning goals in mind. It is usually based on the children’s skills and interests observed during the previous days. For example, if a child has been to the doctor, an invitation to play may be set up by providing a Doctor’s outfit, ‘sick’ teddy bear, face masks, gloves, clip chart and pens, stethoscope, thermometer, plasters and bandages.
Sample Forest School Day in Afterschool
Junior Afterschool children are picked up from their teacher
13:20 a.m. – 14:00 p.m.
Hand washing; Get dressed in mud gear and boots
Free play or activity choices in the Seedling Garden
14:00 p.m. – 14:10 p.m.
Junior Afterschool tidy up and get changed for pickup
Others: Trip to the toilet
14:10 p.m. – 14:45 p.m.
Children from first class and older are picked up from their teacher
Older children: Handwashing; go upstairs for written homework (except Fridays)
Others: Hand washing; Get dressed in mud gear and boots
14:45 p.m. – 15:00 p.m.
Forest School begins – usually with a warm up game.
Introduction to activity stations and related safety demonstrations,
Forest School boundaries, mindfulness poem, song or story
15:00 p.m. – 16:15 p.m.
Games, activity stations, free play
Rolling lunches (eat when hungry – remember to wash hands and tidy up afterwards)
16:15 p.m. – 16:30 p.m.
Forest School tidy up and closing circle
16:30 p.m. – 17:00 p.m
Some children begin to go home, others continue their activities
Move to sensory garden for ball games, drawing and free play