Afternoon session 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM - Monday to friday
The slogan is intentionally “Real Life Learning. Inspired by Nature.”
We provide a learning environment that makes it easy to learn real life skills.
We not only have the setting for this learning in nature; we also look at the design and systems of nature for inspiration. Children’s education is children’s responsibility., not ours. Only they can do it. They are built to do it. We provide the optimal environment, some guidance and structure. Then we stand back and let it happen.
We encourage Authentic Communication, Independence and Courage.
Arrive, Socialize, Play, Bathroom break.
Bell rings, gather for Practical Arts, drink, and settle in. Practical Arts begin.
Transition to clean-up time & closing circle. Can include: Review of the day, Stories, Music, Theater activities
Nature-Based curriculum for the young children.
Children under age 8 have a nature-based curriculum which enables them to learn the basics from the natural world around them, through the seasons, the forest, the garden, the animals, the moon, etc. Invisible learning is happening all the time. The children think it’s fun and the foundational learning happens in the background.
Project-based, student-led curriculum for the youth.
As the youth grow, they work on unit studies (deep dive into a topic) or project-based learning (learning with a concrete tangible result at the end). They also have opportunities for mentorship or tutoring to fit their specific interest and learning style.
Afternoon Practical arts can include:
Blacksmithing, Earthen Building, Gardening
Woodworking, Survival in Nature, Leather craft
Basket Weaving, Mixed Media Art,
Archery, Cheese Making,
Food Preservation, Cooking Class
Entrepreneurship, Invention Convention
(to see #1, #2, and #3, go to Morning Session)
#4: Why do we learn cursive:
If we can’t read cursive, we can't read Grandma’s handwriting. It connects us to the past.
It promotes the coordination and communication of the left and right hemispheres of the brain.
It increases dedication to the process of learning. As we develop these higher skills, we set ourselves as future entrepreneurs and leaders.
#5: Why the practical arts & hands-on learning?
It results in better knowledge retention.
It encourages outside-of-the-box thinking.
It promotes fortitude
#6: Why is playing in childhood such a big deal?
Because living a simple childhood is currently an endangered species
It promotes impulse control and emotional regulation
It sparks creative thinking and teaches life lessons