Help Send Dan To Trackers Earth School
Organized by: Danny Burr
July 18, 2016
I remember as a kid the freedom i felt in nature. Forests in particular gave me a sense of place. One minute i'm in awe of the trees and sky, and the next, i tower over bugs and divert whole creeks with stones. I'd play for hours, digging, building, exploring, catching, watching, and in the process getting filthy. I learned so much at that time that i carry with me to this day about communication and cooperation with my peers and the world around me. Today, much of that freedom has been lost, as imagination is fed to us via airwaves, cables, and electronics. In the words of Charlie Chaplin, they are "Told what to think, what to feel, and what to do." The idea of pre-k and Kindergarten-aged children spending their day outside in the elements rather than with the safety of a traditional learning environment is relatively new here in The U.S. Forest schools, or nature schools reject the traditional thought that pre-K and Kindergarten children must be prepared for elementary school by recreating the elementary school experience. The focus of a forest school is in developing a confident, able, socially adept child who is able to navigate and flourish in a school setting. Time and time again, when asking Kindergarten teachers the question; "What would you most like me to pass on with this child?" Hands down, the answer given is "They need to be able to communicate and work with peers." As an early childhood educator, my mission is to prepare the child for a safe, happy, curious, and creative future that is not provided for them, but rather created by them. Forest school training and education will further my ability to better achieve that mission, while tapping into the child's thirst for the world around them. The goal amount I am seeking covers tuition, transportation, and expenses not covered otherwise, while working closely with experienced professionals in the field to guide me through my training. If you're a friend, family, parent of one of my students or former students, co-worker, or someone i've never met, please consider helping out. Donate as much or as little as you can, and if you just cant, please pass it on to friends!