Children's Programming Values and Philosophy
Self-Esteem and Confidence
Through learning in a cooperative environment, story-telling, group challenges, and self-directed projects, students are mentored to see their natural gifts and feel appreciated for them.
A Culture of Belonging
Through practicing conflict resolution, and various other social and emotional skill sets, children receive individual attention in their interpersonal growth. They are supported to take on real responsibilities on the micro-farm.
Small Group/ Experiential/ Collaborative/ Learning
We believe learning through experience supports the whole growth of the individual.
Our multidisciplinary educational approach allows students to learn & explore distinct subjects from various prespectives.
Appreciation for and Connection to Nature
Through unstructured play outdoors, guidance in exploring nature, and enduring the elements, participants gain strength to overcome physical and intellectual challenges and feel a responsibility to care for the natural world.
We allow for ample time for children to explore their innate tendencies for creative play! We provide time to explore various musical instruments, art projects, and dance/movement practices to help support your child's natural passions.
Social and Emotional Intelligence
We believe that there is more to a well rounded individual then being intelledtually intelligent. Our focus on the social and emotional allows for your child to better interact with their peers and learn how to regulate their emoitions.
Skills and Knowledge for Environmental Stewardship
Through learning about local ecology, essential hands-on life skills, and ancestral skills, participants are able to make more sustainable choices, gain passion to care for their community, and be leaders.
Mental, Physical and Emotional Well-being
Through learning about movement and nutrition, developing a quiet mind, and connection with the elements, participants expereience reduced stress and anxiety and a stronger desire to spend time outdoors. We will explore various mindfulness practices such as Yoga, Tai Chi, Conscious Dance and Meditation to help better support the holistic health of our children.
Why Small Groups?
We provide a small group experience for your child to learn, grow and thrive. This encourages an intimate connection to the land, to the other children and our mentors.
Learning science research has shown that small-group learning improves academic achievement, relationships with peers and instructors, and promotes psychological well-being.
Small-group instruction provides opportunities for flexible and differentiated learning. With a smaller number of children, they have more chances to participate, to feel heard and validated in their experience. Our mentors are able to monitor your child's needs and strength better, thus providing more individualized feedback, support and coaching.
We create a tailored experience for your child, allowing for the highest level of potential and holistic health to shine through.
Why Collaborative Learning?
Research shows that educational experiences that are active, social, contextual, engaging, and student-owned lead to deeper learning. The benefits of collaborative learning include:
Development of higher-level thinking, oral communication, self-management, and leadership skills.
Promotion of student - teacher interaction, trust and connection.
Increased feelings of belonging, self-esteem, and responsibility.
Exposure to and an increase in understanding of diverse perspectives.
Preparation for real life social situations.
Why Outdoor Education?
Outdoor learning improves child development.
By heading outside and learning in nature, kids improve their emotional, intellectual, and behavioral development. Outdoor learning helps foster the development of creativity, problem-solving, independence, and confidence.
Why Unstructured Play?
Unstructured play allows children the freedom to explore, create and discover without predetermined rules or guidelines. It's been shown to foster cognitive development while boosting physical development and social and emotional development. We will implement a hybrid program finding a dynamic flow between planned curriculum and free play.