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FAQs

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Questions and Answers

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How do you pronounce Tír na nÓg?

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Tír as in 'tier' (of a cake) or 'tear' (that you weep), na - as in 'ba-na-na' and nÓg with a long o, as in 'O Canada'.

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Where did Forest Schools originate?

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Forest School is an educational approach that started in the 1950’s. The world's first known forest school was created by Ella Flautau in Denmark in 1952. The idea formed when her and neighbors' children began gathering daily in a nearby forest, an unofficial form of daycare, which elicited great interest among other parents in the community.

Forest School has now become embedded in the education philosophy of many European countries such as Norway, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, as well as the UK, US and Canada. Forest School can take many different forms and is known by many different names such as Nature School, Bush Kindergarten or Waldkindergarten just to name a few.

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Are their mixed grade classes?

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Yes, we have small, mixed grade classes where every child is met where they on their learning journey.

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Do you teach the New Brunswick Education Curriculum?

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Yes, our holistic approach to education incorporates Forest School Pedagogy with the New Brunswick Department of Education Curriculum outcome requirements.

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Are all staff certified to teach?

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Yes, all of our teachers have their Bachelor of Educator Degree and the lead Preschool Teachers have their Early Childhood Education Certification.

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How do you keep children safe outside?

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Teachers are trained to conduct risk assessments of their outdoor classroom (basecamp area) each morning and throughout the day to ensure conditions are safe for children to learn, play and explore freely. In addition, each class stays together as a group and maintains clear boundaries with high visibility flagging tape around the basecamp.

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Are students always outside?

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Students spend the majority of the day outdoors but there are times during extreme weather or focused work requirements that the students will move to the indoor classroom space.

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Are there classrooms?

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Yes, each teacher has their own indoor classroom as well as an outdoor classroom called “Basecamp”.

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Where do children learn?

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Children learn in the woods, open fields, streams and up in trees! Basically wherever their curiosity takes them!