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The Cedarsong Way - Teacher Training


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The Cedarsong Way is an entirely-outdoor early childhood education model. Through Cedarsong’s Forest Kindergarten Teacher Training Program, you'll learn how to create a successful Forest Kindergarten or how to successfully integrate a commitment to nature time every day within your existing school program. Completion of the 5-day program earns you a Cedarsong Forest Kindergarten Teacher Training Certification.

As part of your training, you will receive the Cedarsong Teacher Training Packet which includes a copy of Erin Kenny’s book “Forest Kindergartens: The Cedarsong Way,” The Cedarsong Way Teaching and Program Manual, Erin Kenny and Robin Rogers’ book “Nature Notes Journal: Documenting Your Emergent Curriculum,” and the Cedarsong documentary DVD.

 

Program Takeaways

The Cedarsong Way Residential Teacher Training Program is designed to prepare you to start your own forest kindergarten program or learn how to apply the foundational principles of The Cedarsong Way Forest Kindergarten model to any pre-existing program.

You will learn in detail about the distinguishing features of The Cedarsong Way Forest Kindergarten model, including a commitment to 100% nature immersion, authentic free play, unstructured flow learning, child-inspired emergent curriculum, inquiry-based teaching style and documentation of the learning. You will also learn how to make your outdoor program a success by understanding the most essential elements such as appropriate clothing, building the parent community and risk and hazards management. This detailed training consists of a total of 25 hours of training over the course of five consecutive days.

All training sessions provide an opportunity to meet with the Cedarsong teachers and national leaders. Additionally, you can look forward to discussion and workshop time regarding risk and hazards management, working with kids diagnosed with SPD, autism or ADHD and what qualities make for a Natural Teacher. You will participate in outdoor experiential workshops in nature immersion, inquiry-based teaching style and get practice and guidance in capturing and documenting the learning. All of the questions you bring will be answered.

After completion of the Teacher Training, you will receive a Certificate verifying that you have completed the 25 hour course, as well as have access to a closed Facebook group of other trained teachers.

 

Details

When:

  • April 7th-11th, 2019, at Asheville Farmstead School: Asheville, North Carolina

  • August 12th-16th, 2019 at Nature Nuts Forest School: Maple Valley, Washington

Cost: $1400.00. Transportation, food, and lodging are not included, though we are here to assist you in those needs. Half of payment is due to hold your spot and the other half is due 30 days prior.

Participation: The Cedarsong Way Forest Kindergarten Teacher Training described above does not have any prerequisites nor do you have to be a certified teacher to take our course. Participants are parents, therapists and/or educators, including those from public and private schools and those working with older children. The training runs from 9am - 2pm on all scheduled days.

 

Hosting Schools

Asheville Farmstead School - Asheville NC

Asheville Farmstead School is a non-profit outdoor farm-based school designed to teach homesteading, natural sciences, life skills, sustainability, and agriculture to children and families. Asheville Farmstead is located on 25 acres of forested land tucked in a quite cove 20 minutes from down town Asheville.

The goal of Asheville Farmstead is to connect students to an increased awareness of the natural world, the complexities of agriculture and the interrelations of living communities. We serve preschool youth, summer campers, schools, groups and nature-loving families.

Nature Nuts Forest School - Maple Valley, WA

Since 2004, Nature Nuts has been a family-focused and family-run organization. We support and encourage children’s understanding and appreciation of nature, community and self through a variety of programs.

Through exploration, adventure and creative play, children play together in small groups gaining knowledge of plants, animals, traditional skills and sustainability. Year-round learning takes place on our private, forested property in rural Maple Valley. Early childhood learning has never been so fun!


If you have a question, concern, or request about potential participation in the 2019 5-day training, feel free to contact Lauren Brown Lauren@ashevillefarmstead.org

 
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Cedarsong Philosophy 


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Erin Kenny Co-Founder and Visionary

With over two decades of experience developing and running nature immersion programs for children of all ages, Erin Kenny was an internationally recognized expert for her development of The Cedarsong Way® Forest Kindergarten Nature Pedagogy, a specific method of teaching science that is distinguished by use of an outdoor classroom, unstructured flow learning, child-inspired emergent curriculum and inquiry-based teaching style.


The Cedarsong Way® is a compassion-scaffolded Nature Pedagogy which promotes mindfulness, respect, kindness, emotional intelligence, social connection, teamwork, cooperation and self-empowerment. Through authentic nature immersion and gentle coaching by their teacher’s mentorship and guidance, The Cedarsong Way® stimulates children’s inherent love for and feelings of stewardship towards nature; it provides children with an understanding of the self-soothing aspect of nature; and, through the unstructured flow learning, it encourages children’s natural love of science resulting in a deeper understanding and superior retention of natural science principles. The Cedarsong Way® can be applied to any existing educational program and works well with any age group.

The Cedarsong Way’s basic philosophy is that children need to spend a large portion of their day in free play outdoors to get the natural stimulation and hands-on learning experiences they require to thrive. Being outdoors encourages imaginative play, creativity, hand-eye coordination, balance, physical strength, sensory integration and mental clarity. In addition to increasing problem-solving and critical thinking skills, it leads to more cooperation and teamwork while raising children’s environmental awareness and developing feelings of stewardship. Cedarsong Nature School’s mission is to educate others about the importance of authentic nature immersion time to a child’s overall physical, mental and emotional well-being and to be a model for the successful application of this approach to early childhood education.

 

Erin leveraged her extensive experience attending conferences and visiting nature schools in Germany, the Netherlands, S. Korea, Scotland, Australia and Iceland to further her understanding about the Forest Kindergarten philosophy which includes elements drawn from Frederich Froebel, Rudolf Steiner, Maria Montessori and the Reggio Emilia program. Erin also spoke often at conferences in North America, Australia, Europe and Asia to inspire and empower others. She authored the seminal book “Forest Kindergartens: The Cedarsong Way” and recently released her new book “Nature Notes Journal: Documenting Your Emergent Curriculum”, co-written with Robin Rogers. Erin also contributed a chapter to David Sobel’s book “Nature Preschools and Forest Kindergartens”.

Honoring Erin's legacy and continuing to grow the Cedarsong Way program across the world, the 2019 Teacher Training will be hosted at the Asheville Farmstead School, a Cedarsong Accredited School. The training will be lead by Nicole Corbo, a Cedarsong Way certified trainer and Asheville Farmstead School Founder, Executive Director, Educator and Cedarsong Way trainer in training.