Children begin the day outside in unstructured play learning important social skills, using their energetic bodies and preparing their minds for the morning of focused attention. The morning’s Main Lesson is the substance of the day and core subjects are presented in three- or four-week blocks for a concentrated, in-depth experience with learning material.
During this time, children do not sit rigidly at desks, taking in lectures, but are instead engaged in arts, music, movement, recitation and other multidisciplinary activities which bring language arts, mathematics and science to life.
After a snack and more time outdoors, children begin their subject lessons, which are also taught in engaging and interdisciplinary ways. Subjects include music, Spanish, extra lesson movement class, handwork, gardening, practical life, orchestra, and physical education.
At day’s end, students have spent seven hours immersed in experiential learning while also savoring the joys of childhood with ample time in unstructured and outdoor experiences. They go home tired, but joyful, and return eagerly the next day with an inherent curiosity and love of learning.