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Topic: Cedarsong Conversations

This is a recurring meeting.

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All of the calls will follow the same 60 minute format:

1. Check-in and tech issues/norms: 

* Participants are welcome to join late or leave early as needed to fit their schedule. We welcome all efforts to connect with community.

* We may experience internet connectivity issues. If so, please just hang in there, internet usually resolves itself. Should the call get disconnected, stay on the line and the host will simply call back in.

* People have different capacities with Zoom as well as varying internet capability. We will practice patience and radical inclusivity with all participants.

* Please limit use of “chat” function. This function tends to distract the facilitator, and we want to hear from everyone – if you want to share, please share with the group!

* Please raise hand to speak. We will use the “move forward, move back” paradigm. This means if you’re someone who tends to not speak a lot, please move up into a role of speaking more. If you tend to speak a lot, please move up into a role of listening more.

* If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please type your name and email into chat directed to Cedarsong Way.

* These conversations are meant to be collective “hive mind” offerings to build community connections. They are not classes or lessons. Please speak from your own direct experience and wear your hat of community member rather than teacher. 

* Please be aware of the number of people on the call and the 60 minutes we have scheduled and gauge your responses and input accordingly.


2. Brief introductions simply to include your name, where you are calling from – please let us know the indigenous land you are on. If you don’t yet know it, that’s no problem, now is a great time for you to look into for next time! –  the pronouns you use, (let’s not use the term “preferred”) and this simple prompt question to be answered in 1 – 3 words: “What aspect of the natural world is most present for you today – perhaps a bush in front of your house, a tea you are drinking, a new bird at your feeder….”

3. Conversation host frames conversation

4. Community responds – Think of the conversation like a “picnic” in the grass; it’s a flowing conversation with the intention to connect and build community around common interest. 

5. Closing

We are thrilled to offer this series of 60 minute community conversations based on The Cedarsong Way. They are free and open to anyone who would like to join in.

These conversations will be every Tuesday afternoon/evening at 4:30 pm Pacific Time, 6:30 pm Central Time, 7:30 Eastern time.

If you are unsure of your time zone, check the conversion here. You can use 6:30 pm Puerto Vallarta time for the conversion from your own city.

Below is a list of all scheduled topics.

Mar. 23 Mary Clair Sonneman Creating routines with song and mindfulness 
Mar. 30 Laura Whittaker Approaches to classroom management and discipline in the forest school setting.
Apr. 6 Emily Bryce Social and Emotional Development, Self-Regulation
Apr. 13 Rhonda Pollock -Nature Notes /  emergent curriculum
Apr. 20 Nicole Corbo  Inquiry-based teaching: how it supports whole child development 
April 27 Stacey Gummey Teachers role in play, facilitating problem solving,
May 4 Nicole Corbo Being and encouraging lifelong learners 
May 11 Emily Bryce play-based, and child-led activities for children to develop fine and gross motor skills 
May 18 Barbara Sheridan Leaving Space for local Indigenous teachings


Other possible up-coming topics:


Privilege of Forest School, especially two of the foundation principles; student to teacher ratio and the permanent location. 


TCW pedagogy as a way of thinking about teaching and learning rather than a dogmatic set of rules


Place based education


Getting the kids into play (morning drop off routine etc)


Talking to parents, community member and donors about the benefits of this type of education/ movement


Social and Emotional Development, Self-Regulation


Literacy and math in the outdoors


The Future of Outdoor Education


Racism, sexism, and income inequality


More on inclusive language, compassion scaffolding and challenging behaviors.


The business of a Forest Kindergarten: liability, location choices


Routines during the day (drop offs, beginning circles,etc)


Parent/nature program contracts


Building forts and hideouts, water play, fire play, using tools, risky play


Cultural appropriation and racial inclusion/decolonization


Art and Nature


Nature Journaling, or specific curriculum practices that we can implement in our program


Teachers role in play, facilitating problem solving


Engaging parents


Approaches to classroom management and discipline in the forest school setting.


Defining what a Forest school is


Respect for and knowledge of indigenous people of the area we are teaching


Different learning approaches and play that is seen in nature and how nature play is different than indoor


Getting my feelings hurt or accepting the other child has the right to express their feelings


Activities for children to develop core body strength, mindfulness in nature


Whiteness and the outdoors 


Gender spectrum repeat


Wild Edibles 


Medicine in Nature 


Therapeutic Benefits of Nature Immersion 


Hideouts and Wild Building  


Full Weather Immersion 


Ways to Integrate water in play  


Value/power of play


Learning in play


Place based education


Unstructured free time in nature – what it means, how to foster


Getting the kids into play (morning drop off routine etc)


Natural teachers