We are very excited to announce that we have added weekly rock climbing classes to our forest school program. It has been a dream of ours for some time. All of out students have always been so excited for any opportunity to climb — be it on a boulder, a log or a tree branch. And climbing onto things is often mentioned as one of their favorite moments of the day when they return home.
So after figuring out few logistics, I’m very excited to make rock climbing a new weekly activity in addition to our other exciting activities. The rock climbing is done under the supervision and instruction of professional rock climbing guides.
Rock climbing is held on one of our regular program days, rotating between Monday, Tuesday and Thursday (if weather allows). On such days we start our day with a hike and some free play, and then by around 10am we are joined by the rock climbing guides and the children have 4 hours to climb and learn this new fun skill, alternating it with our usual activities, such as book reading, crafts, read & draw and of course plenty of free play.
Benefits of rock climbing
Aside from being such a fun sport, rock climbing is fantastic for physical strength and development. And it also is an activity that demands problem solving and forms an ability to overcome difficulties and persevere on a given course. And those are the skills that are so fundamental for success in life, no matter the field one choses. So we are over the moon about having this new activity available to the children on our forest school program.
Our youngest climber is only 3.5 years old, most of the children are between 4 and 6 years old. Our oldest is almost 7. They have all enjoyed their rock climbing classes very much. Considering how quickly children learn new skills and also how strong their bodies are given an opportunity to develop and maintain that physical strength we are really looking forward to seeing their progress in the following months!
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