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Walking to school

walkingfrontFredrikstad. Norway:  I remember when I was a kid I walked to school alone without any parents. I know I share this experience with many readers. It is a mantra I hear a lot from people growing up in the 70’s regardless if they grew up in Norway or the US/Canada.

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Norway School: climbing trees

photo-116I have been asked many times to share information about the Norwegian education system because of my background. It is system with a reputation of having a heavy focus on outdoor play.

Well, due to a family emergency that has brought my children and myself to Norway for an extended time during the school year, I will be able to share with you some insights from an elementary school in Scandinavia.

 

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Why I have been quiet the last few weeks:

I apologize for not having posted regularly on my website and for things being so quiet on the social media front since the 14th of February.  My father passed away suddenly and the kids and I left Canada and traveled to Norway to spend time with my family and help my mom recover from losing her partner. We are going to stay here until April to help my mom and I will be updating and writing from Norway.

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The Joy and Heartbreak of Shooting An Indie Film with Kids and Animals

Several years ago, I was working on writing a script about kids being lost in the woods that I thought would be quick and easy to film. I wrote it using locations I knew, and the actors would either be friends or relatives (or our daughter).
I assumed my wife and I would probably be done with the project in about three months time.  So now, four years and $100,000 later I realize the complexity of  making a feature film.

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Daycare Norway, Winter play

My sister and family lives in Oslo, Norway where she has two kids and is a lawyer by trade. Right now she is on maternity leave with her baby. Her son just started to go to Frogenr Daycare in the middle of downtown Oslo.In Norway about 90% of kids spend time in daycare starting around the age of 1 one year old. Many of the daycares offer program that focus on outdoor play and friluftsliv.
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Outdoor playgroup leaders tips

We had an Outdoor playgroup Chat 23 th of Januray with some of our outdoor playgroup leaders, Courtney (Boston area) Debra (Toronto), Kristen (Burlington, Brandy, (North Carolina) Patty (Illinois) Tanya (Calgary), Fun Orange County Parks, Slow Family Online , Anchorage Outdoor Family Network ,Tales of Mountian Mama,

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