Jersey Cares Coat Drive

In continuation of our focus on acting as community helpers, Trollskogen played a big role in our school wide coat drive. We counted, sorted, and folded the coats when they were ready for donation.

 We were surprised to find out that one of our outdoor classrooms was a drop off location for the drive, and we were able to drop off the coats in a big shipping container. The children were excited that we knew the secret code to open the container, and were amazed by how many coats were inside. Many wanted to jump in the big fluffy pile of coats. We decided that if others put as much work into folding and sorting their collections as we did, we might not want to do so. Good work Trollskogen! Thank you to Jersey Cares for organizing and opportunity to share with those in need. 

Fort Day


On Saturday, several members of Trollskogen and their families came together to start working on the seaglass mosaic on the backyard's fort. Trollskogen students have been collecting pieces of sea glass and tiles from nearby parks for months, and were able to design how these pieces would come together on the fort. 

We also planted some English Ivy to cascade down from the top of the fort. Trollskogen students painted the planters, and planted the ivy and donated plants into the boxes. These boxes will hang over the top of the fort. Trollskogen will continue to work on this project for the duration of the school year, and is looking forward to the final result! Thank you to everyone who was able to come by and contribute to the mosaic. 

Liberty State Park

We have been exploring Liberty State Park throughout December to develop an appreciation and awareness of the natural beauty Jersey City has to offer. Within Liberty State park we have found meaningful spaces to climb, run, build, roll, dig, and play.

Some of the group’s favorite spots include the “train tracks” outside the Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal. They can practice balancing on the preserved rail tracks, and get a closer look at something that is usually off limits to explore. They also love climbing the train cars themselves; This space offers ample opportunity for imaginary play and outlets for big body expression. Children feel an extreme sense of pride when they are able to climb up the train independently, and are eager to help their friends up as well.

We have also been taking the opportunity to develop our fire building skills! We have experimented with different fire starting strategies and materials. We began by gathering tinder, kindling and fuel found on the rocks and in tree floor. Dead twigs and leaves help us get the fire going and act as wonderful tinder. We looked for pieces as thick as a pencil and longer than our outstretched hand. Next we found small sticks no thicker than a thumb and as long as our forearms to use as kindling. We knew we had enough when we had a generous armload. For fuel, we salvaged large pieces of driftwood. We have discussed how to safely move around a fire, and how we can put a fire out before leaving. Building fires keeps us warm and can hold the attention of several children for a long period of time.

Even after a month of exploration there is still so much left to see within Liberty State Park. This Thursday, Trollskogen will visit Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty!


Forest Kindergarten

We are further developing our outdoor program with our Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten class spending their school day at Jersey City Reservoir No. 3.

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