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The mission of The Good Earth Day School is to provide a high-quality, nature-based education to children in the first phase of childhood (18 months to 7 years) in a home-like setting. Activities now absent from most urban children’s lives will be a key part of the curriculum, including: cooking, gardening, outdoor exploration, sewing, woodworking, caring for animals, and housekeeping. Woven into these experiences will be lessons that will well-prepare children to enter public or private school, or homeschooling arrangements. The Good Earth Day School attempts to educate the whole child, touching the child’s heart and will besides his/her intellect.
The Good Earth Farm School attempts to educate the whole child, touching the child’s heart and will besides his/her intellect.
We are inspired by the Waldorf educational philosophy. We work with the young child first by creating a warm, beautiful and loving home-like environment, which is protective and secure and where things happen in a predictable, regular manner.
We engage in domestic, practical and artistic activities that the children can readily imitate (for example: baking, painting, gardening and handicrafts), adapting the work to the changing seasons.
We also seek to nurture the children’s power of imagination by telling carefully selected stories and by encouraging free play. This free or fantasy play helps them to experience many aspects of life more deeply. When toys are used, they are made of natural materials. Pine cones, wood, cotton, silk, shells, stones and other objects from nature that the children themselves have collected are used in play and to beautify the room.
Sequencing, sensory integration, eye-hand coordination tracking, appreciating the beauty of language and other basic skills necessary for the foundation of academic excellence are fostered. In this truly natural, loving and creative environment, the children are given a range of activities and the structure that help them prepare for the next phase of school life.