Wild Schooling

We often get asked how we manage to walk and get outdoors so much with school.

Well we are home educators so our youngest 3 don’t attend formal school settings for various reasons, but we are now in our 3rd year and love it.


We often get asked if they still socialise or miss out on meeting other kids.

The answer is of course they get more socialising than formal school because they get the opportunity to mix with people of all ages through groups they attend.

These groups are slowly starting again after the past years lockdowns and include the following activities.

 

⛷Skiing

🧗🏻Rock climbing

⚽️Football

🥊Boxing

🏹Forest school

🎮Youth club

🚶‍♂️🚶🏻‍♀️Family organised hikes

🤹‍♀️Home Ed groups


 

I am very child led learning but they do also do maths and English workbooks/apps during the week for when they have the option of a college program at 14-16 years old if they choose.



But we are moving more and more towards Wildschooling and love the philosophy.



WHAT IS WILDSCHOOLING?

Wild-schooling is a motion designed to respect and support our intuitive minds , giving the freedom to create a powerful connection with nature.

Wild-schooling can be inspired from a wide-range of sources including Forest School, The Reggio Emilia Approach, Earth Schooling, Waldorf, Charlotte Mason, Self-Reg, place-based education, permaculture, peaceful parenting, unschooling, 8 Shields Model, indigenous knowledge and traditions,( these modes were taken from wilderchild.com ) and the most important is time spent exploring Mother Nature herself so you can wholeheartedly connect naturally.

🔸Benefits of outdoor learning 🔸

Children learn to assess, appreciate and take risks, making sensible, informed decisions about how to tackle the activities and experiences they encounter. ‘They’re learning to be self-sufficient and take care of themselves, which boosts their confidence and self-esteem,’ ‘Through trial and error they learn to deal with failure and develop the resilience to keep trying

We spend hours outdoors every week, the kids love Forest school which enables us to achieve all the above.

Another one we love it National Trust, we enjoy the trails and use these as part of our learning, whether that’s checking out the trees or flowers, even attending workshops like making candles from Beeswax.

Home Education isn’t for everyone the same as formal school setting isn’t, but this works for our family and my kids are happy, Confident and love learning outdoors.



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