Earthschool
...because the Earth is cool!

2015
Earthschool Academy

"I do not know whether it is possible to love the planet or not, but I do know that it is possible to love the places we can see, touch, smell, and experience."
~David Orr, Earth in Mind

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What is a Forest School?
 

Definition: 
"An inspirational process that offers children, young people, and adults regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands on learning experiences in a woodland environment (Murray and O'Brien, 2005; Forest Education Initiative 2007)."
Principles:
Forest Schools focus on learning more than performance. Our mission is to produce life-long learners, problem solvers, and world changers, who love the natural world. Learners are co-constructors of meaning and knowledge. Teachers establish relationships based upon the idea of guidance instead of instruction, and they introduce learners to the concept that the journey is as important as the destination. 
Description:
Students spend at least one day a week in the forest discovering the natural world. They learn skills that will promote success in school as well as in life . Each school has its own culture and educational method, but most allow students to learn in their own way, time, and rhythm. Forest Schools connect children with their life-source, which produces a sense of self in relation to place - grounding. Most importantly, students, who have lost all desire to learn will engage in the learning process with a new interest.

We Are An Earthschool

We are an Earthschool

Our school is about reconnecting with our world and with other human beings. It is about building community and learning to live sustainably. You cannot learn about our world without practicing academic skills. In fact, all subjects come from the study of our natural world, so it is the most natural place to learn and practice.
Our school prides itself on being a school without limits - no walls, no ceilings, no windows, and no doors. Learning experience naturally include every learning intelligence, and allows students to progress at their own pace. At this point, we do not offer a full program, so your child must be homeschooled or attend an online program. 

Earthschool Vs. Forest School

Even though Earthschool models itself after forest school ideology, it does not exactly follow its methods. Most forest schools have a tendency to follow after the unschooling methods such as Regio and Charlotte Mason. I believe that these methods have value and are amazing, but they are a little too idealistic for me, especially when it comes to older kids. I am a naturalist, and my tendency is to come to the middle - balance. These schools also tend to work with children younger than five. 

I believe in education and developing the intellect, but I also believe that it must take place in an environment of flexibility, acceptance, and low stress or pressure. Learning comes from natural curiosity, however, humans tend to take the path of least resistance. I strongly believe in the guidance of well-educated teachers, who allow children to make discoveries but also challenge them to embrace structure and systematic study that leads to mastery  of the subjects they study. 



Oxley's URL

Oxley's Nature Center

Oxley's Nature Center has been my home away from home since I was a child. I loved to disappear in the woods and pretend I was living long ago, before cities and technology. I now take my children to the woods, and my grown children still have fond memories of it. Located in Mohawk Park, by the zoo, north of the airport.

http://www.oxleynaturecenter.org/
pH URL

pH Community House

The other services or classes offered by Oklahoma Academy of Outdoor Learning are held at the pH Community House in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Located just west of downtown.

 "Our mission is to create a sacred space for gatherings, concerts, classes, and events that inspire personal, family and community enrichment."

http://www.phcommunityhouse.com/site/wordpress/

Other Services We Offer
 

Earthschool Council:
This group meets every month to talk about the services being offered, events, and volunteer ideas. It is a participatory group that is open to anyone. We honor the various gifts and abilities of every individual, who desires to make a difference in our community and in our world. We meet at pH Community House, just west of Downtown. Second Sunday of every month 6:30-7:30pm.
 

Educational Classes
T.S. Eliot's quote, "We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the very first time," is my motto for these classes. I will focus explicitly on Language and Mathematics. Taking kids back to where they started, so that they can understand the concepts or patterns of these subjects. This will allow them to learn the subjects in a more engaing and understandable way. These are taught at the pH Community House in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

Adult Classes:
  • Teach Your Child to Read
  • Math Basics for Better Understanding

Children's Classes:
  • Story Time - A Classic Children's Story that integrates physical experiences, visual learning tools, phonics, physical movement, and much more
  • Exploring Mathematics - Math has become a intimidating subject, when it should be a fun adventure. Math is based on patterns and logic. This class is set up to start kids off with the basics and build in such a way that the child can master the subject. I use Math-U-See concepts, which are amazing and hands-on.

Tutoring:
I offer tutoring at a very reasonable rate. I charge $30 an hour. I can meet at your home, my home, or the library.
Community Events & Outreach:
Outdoor education is not something that most people are familiar with. Reaching out to the community by setting up events, fairs, festivals, and activities will allow us to showcase how fun and engaging outdoor education can be for everyone. The goal is to promote sustainable living, build community, and get people to reconnect with nature and each other at a personal level.

Connections are not solely nature based, we feel that any way a community can grow is a great way to connect and work together.