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Forest Kindergarten: The Cedarsong Way

Erin K. Kenny, spent twenty years designing environmental education programs for children with the goal of creating positive connections to the natural world that lead to lifelong activism. Erin had a BA in environmental education and a JD environmental law.

In 2007, Erin established the nonprofit Cedarsong Nature School and developed the first U.S Forest Kindergarten based on the German waldkindergartens. With 7 years of experience running the Cedarsong program, Erin was an internationally recognized expert in the Forest Kindergarten early childhood education model which is distinguished by its commitment to 100% outdoor time, interest-led flow learning, emergent curriculum, and inquiry-based teaching style. Erin’s heartfelt, exciting, and wonderful book is both profound and pragmatic. As she shares her own journey of learning about what it actually means to provide immersive preschool experience in an outdoor woodland habitat, Erin takes us deep into the rationale, philosophy, approach and day-by-day management realities of being authentically IN the outdoors.

 

$25.00

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The Cedarsong Way DVD

Cedarsong Nature School has also produced an hour long documentary DVD which features interviews with Cedarsong Director and Forest Kindergarten Program Designer Erin Kenny, interspersed with the Cedarsong Forest Kindergarten in action and in-the-field examples of Erin’s philosophical teaching ideal. You will learn about the distinguishing features of a true Forest Kindergarten which is based on the original German Waldkindergarten model and the key factors for making your Forest Kindergarten, outdoor preschool or nature-based preschool a success.

$15.00

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The Cedarsong Way Teacher Training Packet

The Cedarsong Way Teacher Training Packet includes a copy of Erin Kenny’s book “Forest Kindergartens: The Cedarsong Way”, The Cedarsong Way Teaching and Program Guide, Erin Kenny and Robin Rogers’ book “Nature Notes Journal: Documenting Your Emergent Curriculum” and The Cedarsong Way hour-long documentary DVD.

$125.00

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Nature Notes Journal

This “Nature Notes Journal” is designed for anyone interested in observing and recording daily and seasonal changes in the natural world. It is especially useful for documenting the free flow learning of students and developing an emergent curriculum. It’s multi-year format makes comparisons and references easy as several years can be recorded on same page for each day.

The Journal is interspersed with journal prompts, photos, and newsletter excerpts inspired by ongoing journals of life at Cedarsong Nature School ‘s Forest Kindergarten program. By using this Journal throughout the year for several years, you can gain an intimate understanding of the seasonal changes that influence your activities and the recurring themes that emerge.

$35.00

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Teaching The Cedarsong Way: Lessons from an Award-Winning Forest Kindergarten

In “Teaching The Cedarsong Way: Lessons from an award-winning Forest Kindergarten,” Erin Kenny and Cedarsong co-founder Robin Rogers share the experiential, sensory-rich, child-led, free-flow, place-based education model that they have developed over the years, based on the original German Waldkindergarten principles and their own experience. The book is equal parts guide to the fundamental Cedarsong philosophy and practical handbook for nature-based preschools and educators.

Peppered with astute observations and real-life examples, Teaching The Cedarsong Way offers a unique behind-the-scenes peak into the program and explains how the teachers gently foster children to become good leaders, encourage imaginative play and deal with problem behaviors in the outdoors. The book challenges the prevailing preschool model with its intense focus on academics and lack of opportunities to build social and emotional skills, arguing instead that nature has everything a young child needs to learn and thrive. Insightful and wise, Teaching The Cedarsong Way will be a great resource for educators, parents and other caregivers to lean on as the interest in forest schools and other forms of outdoor learning continues to grow in North America. 

 Linda Åkeson McGurk, author of “There’s No Such Thing as Bad Weather” 

$25.00

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Teaching the Cedarsong Way – Video Course

4 teaching modules are available for purchase offering lessons from Erin Kenny and her award winning Forest Kindergarten. $30 for one module, $100 for all four.

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$30 each | $100 for all 4

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