The center shares the same goals as a regular classroom but kids have full range to explore and learn at their own pace. A typical school day starts with a warm-up song in a greeting circle. The class then hikes along the trail to base camp, also known as ‘kid-island’ as the children have nicknamed the space.
The kids spend the majority of the day free playing with tools, in forts, in water, etc and exploring. Before the end of the day, there is a shared snack and circle time.
“I like to say we like to teach the four ‘R’s, in school it would be the three ‘R’s: reading, writing and arithmetic. Here outdoors we like to teach the four ‘R’s which are being resilient, responsible, respectful, resourceful.” – Nadine Knelson, Owner of Leap for Joy Open Air Learning.