about our space
Our physical indoor classroom is very carefully and consciously designed to promote a calm, nurturing and comforting environment. We have warm and cozy sheepskins on seats, lots of open shelving with 'invitations' to explore and learn, and natural elements everywhere.
While we do not have 'assigned' seating, students naturally gravitate towards the place they feel most comfortable every day. Our desks and benches are moveable, and can be rearranged when it makes sense.
We have an attached playroom for indoor imaginative play during breaks. Younger students can use this when they finish a lesson and the older students are working more in-depth on a concept.
I have chosen to use mainly chalkboards instead of whiteboards because of the artistic qualities of the chalk medium. Instead of Art being a subject in school, it is woven into each and every moment of learning. We paint, draw, model and create every single day-- in every single subject.
I consider our securely fenced backyard a second 'classroom'. Here we garden, play, interact with Kolachi (the Therapy Dogs International certified school dog), play, build, exercise and play some more.
Our other classrooms are found in nature. We spend a lot of time at Carpenter Nature Center (the photo from the website header was taken there), observing the changing seasons firsthand. We have discovered special little natural nooks and crannies in the neighborhoods surrounding the house, and visit them often. Each morning starts with a nature walk (or bike or scooter) that undoubtedly leads to imaginative play linked to our surroundings.