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Forest Kindergarten Film Screening
January 25, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmfree
Antioch University New England and the Monadnock Progressive Alliance Education Group announce a free public screening of the short documentary “The Best Day Ever” on Thursday, January 25, 2018, at 7 pm at the Keene Public Library, located at 60 Winter Street in Keene. The film reveals the magic going on in local public school kindergartens where teachers take their students outdoors one full day every week, all year, in any weather.
Inspired by European Forest Kindergartens, a handful of teachers in the Upper Valley began dedicating one day-per-week to nature-based play and learning five years ago. The idea, since featured on National Public Radio and on The Atlantic Education blog, has caught the attention of parents and educators nationwide. Regionally, dozens of classrooms now spend frequent time in wild spaces, cooking over campfires, and learning and playing outdoors.
“The Best Day Ever” takes you to two Upper Valley schools: Marion Cross (Norwich, VT) and Hartland Elementary (Hartland, VT). In the film, you hear from teachers, administrators, parents, and students, and get an intimate view of the hands-on learning happening in the forests beyond our local school playgrounds.
Made possible with support from the Storer Foundation, the film follows a well-received set of case studies of Forest Day programs at Mount Lebanon School (NH), Hartland Elementary (VT) and Ludlow Elementary (VT).
Come see how dedicated teachers are changing the trajectory of public school kindergarten by bringing joy and wonder back into education through the experience of playing in nature.
Learn more at: www.antioch.edu/bestdayever