I have long believed that nature is our greatest teacher and healer. I am fascinated by the increased interest of alternative methods for education such as wild schooling, homeschooling, unschooling and forest schools. As well as philosophies of Waldorph, Charlotte mason, and Montessori, I'm tickled with wonder as I gather from homeschooling forums such as wild and free and so many other nature education sites. As an educator myself, I am attempting to bring a fusion of some of these ideas about connecting us with our innate nature and the world around us. Cultivating programs carved from these ideas into being and getting the outdoors brought into our classrooms allowing it more accessible to all children. *Currently I am in the process of attending university to supplement this area of my buisness so plans here are on hold. But you can follow me on my Blog Enchanted Education to learn more about what the fusion of teaching and Wylde-schooling looks like to me.
Wylde-schooling to me is a philosophy or way of life. It is allowing our own inner guide to lead and point us in the right direction, keeping us on the path that keeps our hearts and souls truthful and happy. It is tuning in, being mindful, playful, and of course creative. It is allowing and loving our inner radiance to shine brightly.
As a parent and an educator, I am always looking for ways in which to engage and motivate our children to be independent free learners. I happen to truly believe that Nature can be our greatest teacher.
"It is where the will of the child meets the will of the wild. It is rooted In the idea that there is that relationship....that underpins everything. It is about getting back in touch and inviting nature back into our lives"
Nicolette Sowder - Founder of Wilder Child
I am on the lookout for Teachers or program leaders to help me to pilot this program. If you are wanting to incorporate something new into your programming I am eager to chat with you.
"Remember that testing, grades, homework, and sedentary non-contextual education is all relatively new to the human experience and psyche. Standing up for a child's right to play, move, and commune with nature and direct their own learning doesn't mean you are anti-system, it means you still carry the wisdom of your ancestors within you." - Nicolette`Sowder
As a mother of four and an Education Assistant by trade for over 15 years, I have seen first hand the effect Nature and being outside can have on a child. I can bring Wylde Schooling to you. Whether you're a homeschooling programmer, parent, child center, or a teacher in the public or private system this can work for you. Why not incorporate Wylde Wednesdays or Forest Fridays into your everyday learning? It doesn't have to be all or nothing! It all starts with an information session and we can go from there. Various options and plans to choose from to best support your programming needs. There is something for every age and level. Incorporating literacy and activities with outdoor play and mindfulness, it is forestry, Montessori, Reggio, and traditional methods combined into one. If you are interested in collaborating on this pilot project with me for the coming school year please message me directly to connect with me for a free information.