How much time do you spend outdoors with the children? We spend all of our time outdoors. We will come indoors during threatening storms. Our indoor space has no screens and the play area has been created with beauty and simplicity in mind containing open-ended natural toys.
What outdoor activities will my child be doing? It really depends on the spirit of the children at that particular time. We will usually be found in the forest, playing, building and investigating. We can also be found in the outdoor play area swinging, playing on the slide, playing in the outdoor kitchen and natural sandbox, gardening and even frolicking with the chickens. Mostly, I have found that the children make their own plans and can think of much more imaginative activities and extensions to their learning.
My child turned seven and still wants to attend, what happens next? There is the potential for this group of children to grow and learn together if this is what we all feel would benefit the children. I would love to see a group of children become a cohesive group of long-term learners and friends.
I don’t want to put my child into public school, but I want her to have credit toward her dogwood certificate, how do I do this? You can look into different options such as SelfDesign, Home Learning Partners and Island Discovery. Any family can sign up for one of these programs and gain credits towards a dogwood certificate.
Is this program a good fit for home-learners? Yes! My daughter is also a home/life learner and most of the children who are a part of the circle are also life learners (that is, not attending a schooling institution). The children create their day and their learning experiences. I share puppet shows and stories, seasonal songs and circle games as a way to connect, learn and have fun.
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