For our professional development day in April, Lisa, Enid, Jeanne and I (Erin) had the opportunity to spend time with Claire Warden
both in our forest here, and at a workshop in Vancouver. Claire is a forest educator from Scotland who speaks internationally about the forest school
movement and creating natural play spaces. She has developed the “floor book” concept as a tool to both deepen the children’s learning and assist in
assessment. This being our second time working with Claire, we were able to share with other educators our experiences using the forest floor books as well
as learn from other educators who are trying it out. The children at Nature K have already created a bird book, and are currently working on a plant/spring book. These books come out into the forest most days, and are a way for the children to document the progression of their learning. Thank you to the Port Coquitlam school district for having us again!
(Written by Nature Kindergarten ECE Erin Van Stone)