Day 5 of Forest School Practitioner Training. Build self esteem with a stick!

Quick review of yesterday using multiple intelligences focusing on those we’d not really covered. Choosing Linguistic or Physical I went for the more active one. We acted out tableaus of yesterday’s activities and discussed them.

Then Lily used visual stimuli to recap and review. Who needs a whiteboard when you have leaves!

An interactive whiteboard Forest School style.

An interactive whiteboard Forest School style.

We were then left to our own devices to come up with a stick game. Quite naturally we split into boys and girls. The boys throwing sticks at a target and the girls playing a more gentle action game with some passing and throwing.

We tried stick sword fighting and discussed ways to manage it. Lily has been doing Forest Schools for a fair time and she’s never managed to prevent kids wanting to sword fight when they have a stick in their hand so it’s a case of managing this inherent desire.

After a tea we played hide the knot using a loop of rope before trying to make the loop into a square with our eyes shut. Forming a triangle was harder but making a star was very difficult with us all talking and no-one listening. It turns out Lily  had orchestrated this so we could tune into how we felt during the exercise and empathise with kids working in a team. This lead onto our next topic of emotional intelligence and self esteem.

Forest School (if done correctly) is great for building confidence and self esteem. And we discussed various strategies for fostering this.

We then covered knife law and proving you’ve got a good reason to have a knife and defined where a public place is. It’s worth remembering that knifes are tools rather than weapons. Finally Lily left us with this development acronym for development:

·         Social

·         Physical

·         Intellectual

·         Creative

·         Emotional

·         Spiritual

For me this couldn’t of summarised my development with Forest School Practitioner Training any better.

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