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First sessions of Fall 2022

Updated: Sep 12, 2022

Wow! It was so exciting to welcome back families from the spring session and to meet most of the new families that have joined us for the fall session. Welcome everyone to this Learning Story space. In case you were wondering, a Learning Story, is a narrative composed of pictures and words to describe the learning that occurs for young people when they often do not know they are learning. The practice of Learning Stories originated in Aotearoa's / New Zealand's early childhood system, in part to make learning and reporting more accessible and authentic to how people actually learn in a particular context and in relationship to peers, adults, and the land. This is a natural fit with the philosophy of Hudson Forest Play. Learning stories can be for the whole group, small groups or for individuals. This learning story is a group story for our first days. Our first days are all about getting to know each other and to build a feeling of safety and belonging. My apologies if we did not capture photos of your child in action this week. Safety and attending to needs of the children is always our first priority.



Our biggest group is Wednesday mornings, which was also our launch day for this fall session. The group of children and adults was a bit delayed getting outside since we had some first day hiccups. We had lots of fun getting to know each other playing in the stream, the bridge and the forest. Our offered activity was making a sculpture with found natural materials and dough. We were excited to see some frogs, orchids, and mysterious foot prints in the mud! Lots of people like to dance in our group and to wade in the stream. On Wednesday afternoon we enjoyed playing 3 Billy Goats Gruff on the bridge and hide and seek.


The next first day sessions of Friday and Monday were a little bit more quiet but just as fun! We played with the rubber ducks and dinosaurs in the stream. We balanced on logs and learned how to safely throw rocks and carry long sticks. On Monday some of the children wrote on a wet log with pointy rocks. During each session we enjoyed a story and a discussion. Monday afternoon many children started making magic wands! It is wonderful to see the children making connections with each other, the land, and the adults. They are learning to be risk-takers, the importance of social skills, to listen and speak in small groups and improving their gross and fine motor skills as they navigate the forest, stream and big rocks. Well done everyone!








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Mei-Lyn Freeman
Mei-Lyn Freeman
Sep 13, 2022

It has been such a joy meeting all the new families and observing the magical experiences that have happened in the forest. These photos capture such special treasures in time. Thank you for sharing!

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Sonia Simpson
Sonia Simpson
Sep 12, 2022

So interesting about the Learning Stories. Love the sweet captures of team work, nature and new friendships.

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Sonia Simpson
Sonia Simpson
Sep 13, 2022
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She does! Thank you for sharing it 💕

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