We are developing an Agile Learning Center,
which is a school that uses the self-directed education model.
Every great thinker and philosopher on the subject of education from Rousseau to Steiner, from John Gatto and Alfie Kohn to John Holt and Peter Gray, agrees that children teach themselves and are the best curriculum designers. Rather than using a top-down approach where teachers and administrators create curricula to dictate what and how students learn, facilitators follow the children's lead. Other educational philosophies such as Reggio Emilia, Montessori, and Waldorf schools have a similar approach: listening to the children and providing ample time for play, exploration, and discovery of the self. When children know who they are, they discover their life's purpose, and they become motivated to do whatever it takes to fulfill their destiny.
Our Forest Kindergarten is play-based, and the children are exploring, learning, and conducting their own science experiments all day long. Facilitators and parents are available to observe, engage, be present with, discover alongside, and offer guidance when needed.