Morning session 8:45 am to 12:00 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, complete farm chores, socialize, and take bathroom break.
Bell rings, gather for morning circle, drink, and settle in.
The morning circle begins. Can include:
Announcements, stretching, movement, team building games and activities that set the tone for the day.
Go to the classrooms for Academic time.
Lunch and free play
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.
Morning Academics can include:
Farm Chore, Mathematics, Foreign Language
History, Civics, Nature Study
Reading, Writing, Sciences
Law, Tutoring, Goal Setting
#1: Why do we engage in active listening?
It teaches effective communication
It helps resolve conflict and builds trust
It brings empathy into the navigation of hard conversations and emotions
#2: Why do we have multi-age classrooms:
It helps develop students' social, emotional, and verbal skills and self-esteem
It enables students to learn at their own pace
It builds a caring student-centered, and project-based learning environment.
#3: Why do we climb trees
It helps develop a resilient “I can do it” attitude.
It strengthens the body, the mind, and the will.
It enhances problem-solving skills and a child’s connection to themselves.
(to see #4, #5 and #6, go to the Afternoon Session)