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Film Review


Every day, rain or shine, children in the Forest Kindergarten in the Swiss town of Langnau am Albis tromp into the woods for the school day. The 36-minute documentary, School’s Out: Lessons from a Forest Kindergarten (2013), directed by Lisa Molomot and produced by Rona Richter, chronicles the experiences of these children as the seasons change from autumn to winter to spring. Forest Kindergartens emerged in Sweden in the 1980s and have since spread to many countries, including Norway, Finland, the United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Canada, and the United States. Outdoor kindergartens provide children with the opportunity for unstructured outdoor play, to gain experiences in nature, and to develop a sense of their own capacity and competence.

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