What is Forest School, and why are we doing it?
150 years ago, German educator Friedrich Frobel opened the world’s first outdoor Kindergarten, believing that young children should spend more time outside learning from the world around them than inside learning letters and numbers. We now find these “forest” kindergartens spread all across Europe and growing in America. At Knox Forest School, we follow in these paths. By setting our school in the beautiful setting of forest, field and stream, we simply allow the natural sense of wonder and curiosity built into nature and our children to flourish. This also develops a deep awareness of harmony with both land and neighbor.
Our forest school not only allows this wonder and harmony to grow, but it also instills a deep awareness of risk assessment, collaboration and basic engineering skills that are in vogue with the natural boundaries of the world and humanity. By conducting education outside, we instill a natural ebb and flow of life and teach our children to accept their place in this ebb and flow. They don’t just watch the seasons change. They feel them. They learn respect, empathy and grit, all wrapped in a sense of adventure. In short, Knox Forest School is simply trying to be true to what the word Kindergarten means: “Children’s Garden.”