Our Week in the Forest...
The autumn sun has been bathing our forest in a warm glow this week, setting the perfect lighting on our children as they continue to make the beautiful Twickenham site theirs.
There is a saying “if at first you don’t succeed, try and try again” and our children have demonstrated an impressive amount of resilience and perseverance this week. The climbing area, with its smorgasbord of ropes, means that the children didn’t need an invitation to start testing their physical abilities. However, naturally, there are times when there is a misjudgement about where one should place their foot or loosen their grip on the rope they are holding.
When we as educators see these mistakes, it’s hard not to rush straight in and prevent failure. But it has been these moments that have impressed us the most, watching our Little Forest Folk-ers dust themselves off after a fall, get back onto the ropes and slightly adjust their approach to meet with success.
The sense of achievement is incredibly amplified when they have succeeded despite a set back not to mention the benefits this has delivered to the children’s ability to understand their own abilities and manage risks. We have cheered our little ones on every step of the way!
As children have grown in confidence and security within the site, they have now started to branch off from the heart of the forest with its snack circle and mud kitchen and investigate the areas behind it. We have had groups of children turning Virginia into a silly monster and they they have loved nothing more than hiding in the den so they could spring out and surprise her when she came roaring past!
We are looking forward to what next week brings and hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
Little Forest Folk