At Apple Blossom Village we strive to develop the child’s full human potential. By building on a child’s natural curiosity, sense of wonder and love of learning, the whole child is educated with a head, heart, and hands approach. A developmentally appropriate academic curriculum unfolds through the school years, integrating the cultural, scientific and social life of humanity. The teacher presents lessons in a lively, imaginative way, using artistic methods to expand and deepen the child’s experience of learning. The curriculum awakens in the child a respect for cultural origins and historical foundations, fostering a sense of world citizenship. Our method respects the sacredness and individuality of each child and teaches through experience and through pictorial thinking rather than through concepts. We strive to cultivate reverence and wonder for the earth and all living beings.
Our Philosophy encompasses all aspects of the Wellness Wheel:
We model and practice problem solving throughout the year, guiding children to become compassionate listeners and speakers. Children practice social skills through imaginative play, collaborative learning and reflection times.
In a caring and supportive environment, children feel safe to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves. Activities focused on mindfulness and quiet reflection times improve resiliency and confidence, allowing children to better manage emotions. The Rhythm of the day naturally includes quieter times (in breaths) and times for robust play and movement (out breaths), creating a balanced daily experience.
Children build strength, coordination, balance and stamina when they are allowed extensive free movement. Children will build, create, climb, hike and explore. Extended outdoor time creates healthier bodies and stronger immune systems. Additionally, a Movement Arts Class is offered to introduce children to games and movement that create strong core muscles, balance and agility in a non-competitive way.
Through immersion in nature where we experience seasonal changes no matter the weather, students begin to develop their own ecological identity. This understanding of where they live, how they are connected to nature and their purpose as a human being supports their environmental wellness. It also promotes active citizenship in our community.
By working on academic skills at their own pace with more teacher support and in a natural environment, children will build confidence, attention, and increased comprehension. The curriculum is language and story rich, and subjects are studied in blocks and then allowed to rest. The engaging content captures children’s attention in a developmentally appropriate way which allows children to sink deeper into their learning, rather than rushing through content areas. In addition, learning in a small, multi-age classroom allows children to choose their academic pace without stigma. Children can take on leadership roles and challenge themselves intellectually.
Wellness of the Spirit
Through storytelling, arts, yoga and reflection, the child’s heart or spirit is engaged in learning as well as the head. Developmentally appropriate discussions occur after our stories, as we explore different cultures and beliefs in an inclusive and non-judgmental way. Universal values, morals, and human rights are explored in age appropriate ways as we work together on inclusiveness in our own classroom community, expanding that to the larger community as the children grow.