WonderWood Natural Learning Academy
We are a family of learners.
"Although humans are not usually born in litters, we seem to insist that they be educated in them." -Lillian Katz
Children in mixed-age classrooms benefit from learning from and alongside each other.
Older children introduce new and sophisticated ways of thinking and scaffold learning scenarios for their younger counterparts. They gain confidence when others come to them for help or advice.
Younger students gain confidence as they begin to navigate new concepts with the help of their more experienced counterparts. They gain a sense of belonging and safety as they investigate the world around them.
As a group, friendship, acceptance and cooperation is fostered while educators can tailor their lessons to individual students in strengths-based assessments and authentic documentation.
Reggio-Emilia inspired, hands-on learning for 4-10 year olds
Co-created classroom and student-led interests and investigations
Educator curated learning environment and provocations
Outdoor free play
Process art and collaborative projects
Reader's Workshop with an emphasis on the love of storytelling and reading for fun
Writer's Workshop with an emphasis on the most natural way children development language skills
Nature study, including journaling, survival skills and relationship with nature
End of the day tea time with gratitude reflections
Authentic, strengths-based portfolio documentation