Emotional Development

At Join the Dots Forest School, we foster your child’s emotional development through a wide range of experiences at our regular sessions. Talking about feelings and how the experience was for them in a non-judgmental setting helps to develop your child’s self esteem, resilience, and confidence. We use the Forest School Five star paradigm.

Tree climbing

Confidence is developed through physical challenges such as games that involve climbing trees as well as freedom to climb at will.

Confidence is developed through physical challenges such as games that involve climbing trees as well as freedom to climb at will.


Knots and Lashings

Children are invited to learn knots and lashings to give them the freedom to create their own furniture, decorations or musical instruments. Emotional intelligence is developed as the children share their thoughts and ideas with others, free of judgement.

Children are invited to learn knots and lashings to give them the freedom to create their own furniture, decorations or musical instruments. Emotional intelligence is developed as the children share their thoughts and ideas with others, free of judgement.

Flora and Fauna Identification

Children begin to identify different plants so they know which are harmful, poisonous or useful. Knowing about biodiversity builds confidence and a sense of ownership..

Children begin to identify different plants so they know which are harmful, poisonous or useful. Knowing about biodiversity builds confidence and a sense of ownership..

Woodland Management

Understanding and respecting one’s environment develops a strong connection with nature and emotional calmness.

Understanding and respecting one’s environment develops a strong connection with nature and emotional calmness.


Shelter Erection  

Knowing how to erect a shelter to keep you safe from hot and cold weather develops confidence and knowledge that one can remain safe in the outdoors. A shelter brings with it a strong place of community where you can read or rest or meet others.

Knowing how to erect a shelter to keep you safe from hot and cold weather develops confidence and knowledge that one can remain safe in the outdoors. A shelter brings with it a strong place of community where you can read or rest or meet others.

Den Building

Building a structure and sharing it with another develops deep emotional ties amongst children and adults in the group

Building a structure and sharing it with another develops deep emotional ties amongst children and adults in the group

Music Making

Creating your own music and sharing it with the rest of the group fosters a strong sense of self-worth and community.

Creating your own music and sharing it with the rest of the group fosters a strong sense of self-worth and community.


Furniture Making

Building your own chair and using it develops strong sense of self and ownership.

Building your own chair and using it develops strong sense of self and ownership.

Rope swings, pullies and walk ways

Playing in a natural playground and creating further and physical challenges engenders deep physical and emotional learning.

Playing in a natural playground and creating further and physical challenges engenders deep physical and emotional learning.

 

‘We love our Forest School experiences!’