Gold, auburn, ruby and emerald. The colours of fall in Canmore provide the perfect opportunity to awaken our sense of sight in the kindergarten program at Forest Play! Ms. Heather, with the help of Marlou, Dave and Siobhan, is leading the Forest Play portion of the Alpenglow kindergarten program this year and couldn’t be more excited to build connections in the forest.
To engage their sense of sight, the Forest Play kindergarten class play games of camouflage and use their “owl eyes” to spot movement in the forest. The children aren’t the only ones busy in the forest. As winter approaches, the animals are busy preparing to hibernate. After observing the squirrels, play time is often spent mimicking squirrels by collecting pine cones and building nests.
Each Forest Play kindergarten session begins with storytelling to capture the children’s imaginations and weave knowledge into the stories. The stories highlight the adventures of the forest elves, Autumn and Leaf, who helped the queen bumblebee prepare to hibernate and the young cougar transition to independence. The children have grown familiar with the adventures of Autumn and Leaf who then guide them through their play and forest exploration.
With the fall colours backdropped by snow in the mountains, it won’t be long before we setup the canvas tent for Forest Play. If your child(ren) need more time for play, the Forest Play program on Fridays for children aged 5 to 8 years old still has space available. Please contact Dave, firstname.lastname@example.org, to register.
Stories from the Forest
Alpenglow School's Kindergarten afternoon programming works in partnership with Nature's Tracks Forest Play. Nature experiences should be fun, magical and facilitated in a way so that children feel safe and supported as they explore the edges of their world. The program is built around cycles in nature and the life stages children naturally move through. When children are connected to the natural world, they are more connected to themselves, they are happier and more hopeful.