Our Forest School is run by teachers from Rushmore House Montessori preschool and Orpington Montessori Preschool for our enrolled children. Children walk from Rushmore House Montessori preschool to the nearby Birthday Wood.
What is Forest School?
Our Forest School experience develops confidence, self-esteem and resilience through positive outdoor experiences. Using the Montessori principle of "follow the child", we observe your child as they interact with the environment and other children. We then tailor activities and use different areas of the wood to satisfy their developmental needs. We promote your child's independence by encouraging them and enabling them to do as much as possible by themselves. This is done through both child led and teacher inspired activities.
How your child benefits
Boost self confidence. A self confident child is always willing to try new things, talk to and engage with new people and explore their environment.
Improve self-esteem. This is how children view themselves. Children with high self esteem feel good about themselves and have an easier time handling conflicts and resisting negative pressures. They tend to smile more readily and enjoy life. These children are realistic and generally optimistic.
Develop resilience. Resilience is how children cope with setbacks. These can be problems with tasks and with other children. Resilient children bounce back from the difficulties they face. They are not so effected by problems and are optimistic that it will be better next time.
Develop emotional and social skills. Social-emotional development includes the child’s experience, expression, and management of emotions and the ability to establish positive and rewarding relationships with others. This includes the ability to identify and understand one’s own feelings, to accurately read and comprehend emotional states in others, to manage strong emotions and their expression in a constructive manner, to regulate one’s own behavior, to develop empathy for others, and to establish and maintain relationships. It is thought that strong social-emotional development underlies later social, emotional, and academic success. The children we take to the wood are about three years old. At this stage children...
What we do
These are just some of the things we do:
There is no additional charge for children attending Rushmore House Montessori preschool or Orpington Montessori preeschool and are registered all day on Wednesdays. If your child is registered on other days, contact the preschool.