Are the children outside all the time?

At the Ann Arbor Forest School, as long as conditions are safe, we go outside every day. Though we are outside most of the day, children nap indoors. As an experienced teacher in outdoor early childhood education, Tara designs the day’s activities to manage the well-being of every child— and makes sure every parent knows how to properly dress their child for the weather.

How do you keep warm in winter?

We wear lots of layers of wool, fleece, synthetics and down. These fabrics keep us warm and dry even if a child manages to get wet. We help you find the right gear and some items are available for rent. To keep our bodies warm, we keep active: taking walks and sledding. We stay well hydrated to help our bodies regulate our temperature.

What if it's really hot out?

To manage the heat in summer, we make sure that we are prepared with our sun hat, sun shirt, loose light colored cotton clothing, and closed-toe sandals. We hydrate all day long, stay in the shade or turn on the sprinkler to cool down. If the heat or humidity is too high, we take a break to play inside. On summer mornings, we go to the tot splash at Buhr Park Pool three times a week.

What do you do when it rains?

If there is lightning, we go indoors and wait 30 minutes after the last thunder/lighting before resuming activities outside.
If there is no lightning, we enjoy the rain and keep dry with proper gear. We wear rain coats, rain pants or waders, rain gloves, and rain boots. The rain provides us new opportunities to learn: for example, we might go on a puddle walk to discover the water cycle firsthand. The children hypothesize where in the park we will find the most puddles. We play in the puddles and follow the water as it flows, making the connection to Mallett’s Creek.

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Can my child attend kindergarten here?

Yes! Your child can join us (or stay with us) for kindergarten