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Grade Level: JrH-Adult
Producer: Bullfrog Films
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 36 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2013
Available in French: No

A year in the life of a forest kindergarten in Switzerland where being outdoors and unstructured play are the main components.
 
No classroom for these kindergarteners. In Switzerland's Langnau am Albis, a suburb of Zurich, children 4 to 7 years of age, go to kindergarten in the woods every day, no matter what the weatherman says. This eye-opening film follows the forest kindergarten through the seasons of one school year and looks into the important question of what it is that children need at that age. There is laughter, beauty and amazement in the process of finding out.
 
The documentary is a combination of pure observational footage of the children at kindergarten in the forest, paired with interviews with parents, teachers, child development experts, and alumni, offering the viewers a genuine look into the forest kindergarten. There are also scenes of a traditional kindergarten in the United States to show the contrast between the different approaches.
 
"This thought-provoking production offers interviews with parents, teachers, and a pediatrician who share the benefits of the outdoor experience as well as the concerns and challenges of these two early childhood educational programs. A nice addition to professional collections in elementary school media centers and public libraries."
- Linda M. Teel, East Carolina University, School Library Journal
 
"What a great way to show people the importance of outdoor play and exploration for young children! I hope all educators, administrators, and parents will watch this and take it to heart. The high stress on academics in early childhood just isn't necessary. Teachers, even if you can't teach your classes in the forest, take inspiration from this, your students and society will thank you."
- Stacy Carr-Poole, Director of Education, Riverbend Environmental Education Center


Awards:

Best Short Film Award, Colorado Environmental Film Festival
Best Education Award, Cinema Verde Environmental Film & Arts Festival

Screened at:

Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival
Environmental Film Festival at Yale
Hollywood Film Festival
Sidewalk Film Festival
Newburyport Documentary Film Festival
The Boonies International Film Festival
Women's International Film & Arts Festival, Miami
Providence Children's Film Festival



Links:
www.schoolsoutfilm.com/
- Film's website


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