When we started doing this, we started having less families that did not connect to the philosophy and were disgruntled and more families that signed up and stayed and became fans of the school. The school is beyond different. It is just something a person has to experience fully to grasp it. We have had many families visit and leave and don’t
Then we have families that come and stay and love it. It’s like they have the eyes to see that traditional structure is not always necessary for a child to have a great learning experience. As the poem the Human Family says, we are all different! We learn differently! Our children learn differently, which is why there needs to be options so that every single child can learn in the way that God created them.
So we had a family visit us on this week. Dad sat there just staring, texting the wife and reporting on what he was observing (she had to work). He stayed about 2 hours and then said…slowly, “I think this is what my son needs.” What did he see? I am not quite sure. To the natural eye he saw kids laughing, talking hanging out, sitting quietly, laid out on the floor, dancing, reading, singing, running, sleeping, working on a work book of some kind, etc….and he saw staff being calm, relaxing as we watched over the students, talking to students, laughing with students, playing with students, hugging students. They did not see classrooms, and kids organized by age or ability. He did not hear silence and the voice of one person pouring in information to a student’s brain.
So I get a text this morning from the parent and he is sending his son today for his 5 free days and I am so excited that this family seemed to see “it” at the LW School.