"Children cannot bounce off the walls if we take away the walls"
The Cedarsong Way is a compassion scaffolded, inquiry-based teaching method developed by Erin Kenny over the past two decades. The Cedarsong Way is a specific method of teaching science that is distinguished by use of an outdoor classroom, child-driven flow learning, child-inspired emergent curriculum and inquiry-based teaching. This method encourages children’s natural love of science resulting in a deep understanding and superior retention of natural science principles, while promoting advanced social skills, teamwork and cooperation, and a high level of emotional intelligence. The Cedarsong Way can be applied to any existing environmental education program with any age group.
Erin Kenny - A woman for all seasons
Conferences & Workshops
Erin speaks informatively and passionately about a variety of subjects related to her work and The Cedarsong Way...
There are three options for The Cedarsong Way Teacher Training, from immersion to home study. Find out what's right for you...
Cedarsong Nature School
Erin Kenny's The Cedarsong Way
Sharing her own journey of learning about what it actually means to provide immersive preschool experience in an outdoor woodland habitat, Erin takes us deep into the rationale, philosophy, approach and day-by-day management realities of being authentically IN the outdoors.
“Erin THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for writing such a great inspiring book. Our copy arrived today from Amazon and already there’s highlighted quotes and exclamation marks of approval in the margins. It’s an awesome and inspiring book.”
What the Papers Say...
" Being in Nature is Therapeutic: A study conducted in 24 forests across Japan found that walking among trees lowered blood pressure, the pulse rate, and levels of the hormone cortisol, which is released in response to stress. According to psychologist Dr Mathew White of Exeter University, research into the link between nature and well-being is increasingly focusing on effects on the body and brain, such as how brain activity corresponds with the nature experience. "
" Children need the freedom to explore the world around them on their own -- to look under rocks, capture butterflies, and allow their minds to wander freely. This has historically been the life of a child. It is how children have learned to take control of their own lives, at least in their own world of fantasy. While playing, children actively control their games and they are in control of their lives. They can role play and dream. All these activities promote higher thinking skills and a sense of emotional security. "
" You can’t role-play empathy! Or lecture children to death on how important it is to include other children. Children need to learn these things through practice. LOTS of it! This is best done through daily play experiences with other children – especially outdoors, where children can roam, explore, and play away from the adult world. "
" The researchers told New York magazine that overreliance on direct instruction and repetitive, poorly structured pedagogy were likely culprits; children who’d been subjected to the same insipid tasks year after year after year were understandably losing their enthusiasm for learning. "