MOVING, PLAYING AND SERIOUS LEARNING CAN COEXIST
We create life: liveliness, movement, music, learning. We create context: an environment that responds to the needs of a human being to move, to sing, to be surrounded by beauty and to be continually learning. Our school is made of all these elements and more. Allowing children to be in movement means that they don’t need to be "motivated." They are inwardly moved, they are surrounded by people, projects and experiences that invigorate them.
Through that, the more theoretical subjects are embedded in real-life learning. There is no subject that is not in the world around us. Subjects do not stand on their own. Environmental science, chemistry, mathematics, physics: these are theories about realities. They are all there for the children to experience. All we have to do is to awaken the children to the fact that these themes are there in the world and help them understand the explanations for these phenomena.
An example of this: the children are experiencing gravity all the time. Our students experience gravity when they do a jump over a mound of mulch on their bicycles. First comes the experience and, when they are ready, they will be able to intellectually understand the concept of gravity because they have a body memory of it.
Our students are actively engaged in the experience of learning.
BEYOND THE CLASSROOM WALLS
Each child spends 20-percent of her/his education beyond the classroom walls, either in nature or visiting interesting and content-relevant sites in the Bay Area. This is the program called “Classroom Without Walls.”
Examples of activities are kayaking, hiking, sailing on an educational schooner, environmental projects, rock climbing (indoor and outdoors), field trips to places of interest (both indoor and outdoors), visiting local farms, gardens and ranches. The children are active participants in the world, learning through hands-on exploration and discovery.
We believe that school is an actual extension of home, school is a part of life and learning takes place everywhere.