Update - June 11th 2017

 

This week at RTH we celebrated World Environment Day all week long!  Although this special day took place on Monday, June 5th, our students continued with the theme. 

Pre-schoolers launched the celebrations sharing their thoughts about favourite things in nature, including blue jays, bees and making nature soup!

Students across all grade levels enjoyed creating clay tree faces, painting journey sticks and discovered one of our most surprising nature surprises for World Environment Week – a snapping turtle!

Thank you to all of the families who support RTH and show their continuous support for initiatives such as the ones we celebrated this week – connecting people to nature. 

Forest School Canada recommends “regular and repeated exposure to the same places in nature”.  This insight tells us that students learn to connect to these special places and develop a sense of responsibility and caring for the land.  We see this value in our students daily through their immense respect for the forest, pond, river and the land where we play and discover. 

Students connected to their minds and bodies this week through their sit spot routines.  This is a Forest School version of meditation, where they learn to “go inside” while they focus on chosen spots in nature.  This practise is transferable and can be practiced at home.  The wellness benefits from regular meditation for children are abundant and well documented.

Another focus this week was around reading literature with a focus on environmental awareness.  Our educators read age appropriate stories about respect for the environment and all living things.  Students had the opportunity to express their learnings through art, written and oral discussion and play.

Art helps us to celebrate the beauty of nature.  At RTH we often focus on environmental awareness.  We strive to embrace solutions and discuss ways to improve the environment we live in.  This week our art work concentrated on this concept.  Ask your child what they created or felt in celebration of World Environment Week.