One of the many concepts we find it hard to get parents to grasp is that the adult in the child's life is to do nothing but wait. I totally understand this challenge, because I used to be one of them! When I visited my first Sudbury school, I kept asking questions about how and … Continue reading The Waiting Room of Childhood
So thankful for the student who suggested students get memberships to the local rec center! We are a small school but we accomplish big things when students put their heads together in a school meeting!
We have come to the end of our first quarter of school. In a traditional school, report cards would go out around this time and parents would be scheduling meetings with teachers to discuss their child's academic performance. That doesn't happen at the Living Water School. To best describe our reporting process is to just … Continue reading Keep Reading. Keep Talking.
I was once asked the question if it is wise to mix the Sudbury model or unschooling with traditional teaching methods. The answer to this question is a long and complicated one, but let me first say that personally I feel that Sudbury should NOT be mixed with any other teaching philosophy, especially traditional methods. … Continue reading The Dangers of Mixing Philosophies
As I have shared earlier, although I am greatly inspired by the Sudbury model, I realize those parts of the school that are not in line with the model. One of the main things that I feel may prohibit us from being truly characterized as a Sudbury school is that we are a Christian school. … Continue reading A Child’s Freedom to Choose Christianity
Well it's the first week of year number 4 and everything went off beautifully (I cannot believe it has been 4 years since God led me to open this school)! We added a preschool room this year, so we can now give children as young as two FREEDOM! We have a larger community, and have … Continue reading From the Mouths of Babes
Each year we do a communal school supply list. Here is the letter parents receive to explain how it works. This poem is also attached to the letter. We do this because in my many years of education, students not having their supplies at school has been a major source of anxiety for kids. We … Continue reading Our School Supply Letter