Our School

Child directed, Inquiry and Project Based Learning Programs

Barrie Forest and Natural Learning School is a place where children, adults and families find their wildhood. Through our learning programs children build their self-motivation, creativity, resilience, problem solving and innovation skills.

At Barrie Forest and Natural Learning School we believe connecting children with their wildhood is important. We believe children not only learn through play but learn to work with others, find their sense of place in the natural world, to problem solve and discover/pursue interests through play. At Barrie Forest and Natural Learning we support this learning and exploration through a safe yes environment, materials and adult facilitation only when needed.

Services

What We Do


Online Inquiry, and PBL Courses

We teach online enrichment classes using Inquiry Based, Problem and Project Based Learning. We start with an idea, topic or driving question your child is interested in or passionate about and develop their learning further

Virtual Nature School

We are collaborating with Claire Helen Warden from Living Classrooms to expand Virtual Nature School to North America. When you sign up for this homeschool program you receive daily inquiry learning activities based on the interest of the children. After your exploration we meet up at lunchtime to share our adventures.

Forest & Natural Learning School

At our forest and natural learning school in person classes we do not pre plan learning activities or script the day we do carefully consider how to best use the environment to support and show trust in their learning and process through play. The day is structured to allow the children to make decisions about where they are, how they want to connect and how they want to pursue their interests in their play.

Meet us better

Our School Numbers


More than 100

Learners taught online using Project Based and Inquiry Learning

25 years

Providing inquiry and child centered programming and training

10 years

Facilitating Forest and Natural Learning Programs

9

Programs/Workshops Currently enrolling

Why You’ll Love Us

We believe children through to adults deserve to pursue their interests as play. We facilitate Inquiry and Project Based Learning that is fun and engaging!

  • Classes led by a trained facilitator
  • Passion Project classes guided completely by the facilitator with detailed feedback
  • Homeschool Programs that increase motivation, exploration and interaction for families
  • In person classes that build self motivation, creativity, resilient, problem solving and innovation skills
  • Workshops for adults to increase sustainability, innovation and creativity with children

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“felt involved”

My son looked forward to Ms. Barbara’s classes. He loved learning about nature and his other friends interests. Even though he can be a bit shy, she made sure he still felt involved.

Souyma

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“engaging”

My son loved the class., it was engaging and the teacher was good at bringing the best out of every child.

Catherine

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“highly recommend”

My daughter loved this class! The teacher is so kind and patient and gave detailed feedback in how my daughter was doing in the class. I highly recommend it.

Jocelyn

Try out the Inquiry and PBL approach

Our Favourite Inquiry and PBL Tips


  • Inquiry Based Learning
    What do you do with a quiet learner? They are still contributing! Tip: Acknowledge them and let them know they can participate however they want, even just listening. This shows the entire class you accept everyone where they are at.
  • Inquiry Based Learning
    How can you ask the right questions? Don’t look for answers. Tip:Look for a process and follow the process
  • Project Based Learning
    Want to do Project Based Learning? Start with a Driving Question or a challenge. This question provides the focus of the inquiry. Tip: The question should make it clear what the purpose of the project is and communicate it clearly.
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