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Caregiver & Tot & Preschooler FOREST PROGRAMS
WEEKDAY School Age Drop-off FALL 2023 FOREST PROGRAM
For FALL 2023 program information please visit ExploreNature.ca
“Children and youth should have the opportunity to play and learn in forests, parks, meadows, and mud puddles” (Outdoor Play Canada, 2018).
Outdoor learning at Pawsitively Pets embraces pawsitivity and connection. Our outdoor exploration will strengthen and build upon our understanding of these values.
Pawsitivity and connection with ourselves – Students will be encouraged and reminded to check in with themselves, asking questions like, how am I feeling? If I’m thirsty, should I be getting out my water bottle and having a drink of water? If I’m too warm, should I take off my jacket and keep it safely in my backpack until I need it again? Is what I am doing making me feel happy and secure? Should I tell my teacher that I need a washroom break?
Pawsitivity and connection with others – Relationship building is invaluable for every child and everyone. Connectedness to others and contributing as a group and a community enhances children and families’ sense of belonging (Ministry of Education, 2014). Inclusivity is paramount. Every child will be welcomed, included, listened to, and appreciated for their viewpoint and individuality. We will be exploring and learning together.
Pawsitivity and connection with nature – As we respect ourselves and others, so too we respect nature. Kindness and gratitude to nature is an essential element of outdoor learning. Each day we meet, we will strive to become responsible and exceptional stewards of our environment; learning about and taking good care of the plants, trees and animals around us.
“There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.” -Prominent fell walker and outdoor writer, Alfred Wainwright
We will be outside each day, exploring all manner of the outdoor environment. The ground will be our table and chairs, our feet will travel through grass and rocks and dirt and mud, our hands will explore leaves and sticks and trees and pine cones and mini-beasts and more!
Here are some tips about dressing your child for the weather:
- Check the weather forecast the night before!
- Waterproof boots or close-toed, comfortable shoes for non-rainy days.
- Rain jacket, splash pants (an umbrella serves two purposes on a rainy day: shelter from the rain as well as a social distancing visual!)
- Sun hat (remember to apply sunscreen on those sunny days!)
Backpacks and what to pack
Students are responsible for carrying their own backpacks, so weight and comfort are important considerations. Don’t worry! …not only will we be taking frequent breaks throughout our adventuring each day, staff will be responsible for pulling a trolley which will be used exclusively for student’s lunchboxes.
Backpacks should include:
- A change of clothes (extra shirt, shorts/pants, underpants, socks
- Easy-to-open snacks (nut-free and portable)
- 500ml. filled water bottle (or more)
- Face mask, hand sanitizer and/or hand wipes, sunscreen (weather dependent)
If outdoor learning is a new experience for you, and you have more questions and would like to speak to someone please don’t hesitate to contact us through ExploreNature.ca