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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Homeschool & Online Students'
 
 

I am getting really excited about this new adventure. We plan to meet on Friday from 9-noon at the pH Community House. We will also meet at Oxley's Nature Center on Tuesdays at 1:30, as long as it is not raining, for a walk-about.

will have a class for 2-5 year-olds from 9-10am. This class will focus on developing their senses, connecting them to nature, and learning letters, sounds, numbers, counting, shapes, and colors. 

I will have a class for 1-8 graders from 9:30-noon. We just started our studies in Botany. The other sciences I have lined up are Zoology, Astronomy, Human Anatomy, and a Combined course on Chemistry and Physics. 

There is a donation for each Friday class, which comes to $5 per hour. You can choose to give weekly or monthly. I do not have a Pay Pal, but I can give you a receipt if you need one. 

2-5 year-olds $5 
6-12 year-olds $10

Younger children's parents must stay, and older children's parents are allowed to stay. 

Eventually, I hope to include brick-and-mortar students.

TUTORING

I tutor in Math, Reading, and Writing:

Ages 3-5  (30-minute sessions $10, unless I have to come to you)

Ages 6-14 (1-hour sessions $20, unless I have to come to you)

If I have to come to you, then I will need to add mileage and traveling time.

CONSULTING:

If you are new to homeschooling or just need someone to come help you choose a curriculum, assess what your child/children need, or just give you tips on how to keep things organized or to prevent burn-out, then I can meet with you in your home, library, or coffee shop for $25 an hour.


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. We provide learning experiences that naturally include all learning styles and allows students to progress at their own pace without being compared to other students. 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 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. These schools also tend to only work with children younger than five. 

I absolutely believe in the need for formal education and in developing the intellect. However, I also believe that learning must take place in an environment of flexibility, acceptance, and in the absence of stress or pressure. Children have a natural curiosity, that should be allowed to blossom, but humans have a tendency to take the path of least resistance. I strongly believe in the guidance of well-educated teachers, who allow children to make discoveries, but who also challenge them to embrace structure and systematic study that leads to the mastery of important topics. 

We do not just spend time in nature, we believe in the importance of academic learning. Knowledge is power, and we believe that earth-centered education provides the meaning children need in order to engage in the learning process.

High-stakes testing and standards are not effective in providing equal learning opportunities for all children. The government could do that just by ensuring that all schools receive the same amount of state and Federal funding. Ironically, they never have.

It is our job to educate our children and ensure that they learn the skills needed to become successful, well-rounded individuals. 



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

"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 (T.S. Eliot)." 
Friday Class
9am - 2-5 years old
9:30am-noon - ist Grade - 8th Grade

First and third Friday of every month
Math and Reading class - 1pm-3pm

All classes held at pH Community House

Adult/Daycare Teacher Education:
We will come to your home or center and assist you in creating an effective program that will focus on the whole child based on your skills and abilities and in line with your teaching style and methods

Project Centered Classes that Come to You:
I can come to you to teach your students about urban ag or nature. Contact me about cost and pricing.  I can fit my lessons around what you are teaching or desiring to be taught.
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.