Bug Off!

There’s a joke that the state of Maine’s bird is the black fly. Starting around the end of May until early July, roving gangs of black flies harass the good people of Maine and our multitude of visitors. Because this glorious time of year comes just as Mama’s Forest School is getting underway (and it’s…

What If We Could All Go to School Outside?

A little more background about me: I’m a teacher. Specifically, I teach adult education. I help folks who, generally, are trying to get a high school credential, either through taking classes and making up credits they missed in high school, or by helping them prepare for the HiSET (another version of the GED that the…

The Last Day

Most of today was spent getting ready for a new week, one that sends us back into our usual routine. While I was mostly caught up in doing work for grad school and getting things squared away for work, I spent a little time thinking about how much this week has meant to me. Our…

Unplugged

April vacation is winding down. After today we just have the weekend and then it’s back to the grind of work and school (Little M. is really the only lucky one in this equation; he gets to spend a couple of days of his week with his lovely, play-based, Waldorf-inspired, guru Lori (I just can’t…

What’s More Important?

“What’s more important in preschool, learning your letters or learning to overcome your fear of tromping through that deep puddle? Or does learning to overcome your fear actually create a foundation for learning letters?” (Sobel, 2015, p. 41) I’m smack in the middle of Nature Preschools and Forest Kindergartens by David Sobel, and this question has…

Research and Development

I’m not entirely sure yet how our summer is going to look yet. I have a rough outline of what we’ll be doing. July will have swim lessons for M. and two weeks’ worth of day camps for E. At some point there will be a trip down to Plymouth, MA to visit my aunt…

Mama’s Forest School

This is my daughter’s fifth year of school. Two years of preschool, one year of kindergarten, one year of first grade, and we’re now at the tail end of our year of second grade. While, if I’m honest, none of these years have been stellar (though first grade does stand out as a particularly good…