For our first year, we are keeping it simple at the Creative Learning Center as it pertains to schedules. In order to keep it as flexible and individualized as possible, we are offering a 4-hour block of learning for all of our ages. Go here for our 8-10 year old attendee schedule. Go here for our 11-18 year old attendee schedule. We have built in a balance of educational and exploration opportunities. We at the Creative Learning Center believe in a strengths-based, interest-led, exploration-centered learning environment that promotes creativity, innovation, and self-initiation. We also believe that access to movement and the outdoors benefits the body and mind. As we grow, more options will be available.
At this time, here is who might benefit from the Creative Learning Center:
First, we wanted to make a full-time, 4-day and 5-day-a week schedule that accommodates those who want an alternative to the school setting, or who want to homeschool but want optimal support. This allows for plenty of outdoor and free time along with core academics. This time frame also allows for no homework, so your time at home is truly yours.
Second, we wanted to make a schedule that accommodates homeschooling parents who want a part-time hybrid opportunity for their children: time at home and time with others. It can also accommodate those who work a few days a week. There is a 3-day and a 2-day a week option available. Parents have the flexibility to choose which days will benefit their family logistics and the learning goals of their child most.
At the Creative Learning Center, the best news of all is that your schedule is more important than the school schedule. Attendance is optional. There are no tardies; come in when you are ready, pick up when you are ready to go home. Go on vacation when it works for your family or schedule or take a day trip for a special event or activity. Everything is educational! The only caveat is that payment is required each week for the schedule you signed up for regardless of attendance. This ensures a consistent, caring staff available to all students at all times.
At this time, we are accepting up to 10 spaces to be filled each day. If full, another Facilitator may be hired. Cindy will determine at what enrollment level constitutes another Facilitator. This is how the facility space will be arranged:
The 8-10 year old (2nd-5th grades) attendees will have two large rooms dedicated to their creative explorations. Each day will highlight three subjects that are linked to one or more complimentary creative outlets. There are nine identified creative outlets: art/photography, theater/showmanship, cooking/gardening, math/numbers, music/dance, video games/computers, fashion/sewing, puzzles/mazes, or building/electronics. The Facilitator will present a learning prompt in either the subject area, the creative outlet, or a combination of both. The prompt will most often be hands-on, real life applicable, creative, and/or innovative. This should inspire the children to continue exploring the concept in their own style and perspective.
The 11-13 year old and 14-16 year old and 17-18 year old (6th-12th grades) attendees will have two large work space rooms: one dedicated to their independent studies and one dedicated to their passion-based projects. For the independent study part of the day, the Facilitator will mentor each attendee in matching their chosen studies (traditional subjects or specialized subjects) with their preferred learning style as well as collaborating together to create a system to meet their goals that is effective for them. For the passion-based projects part of the day, the Facilitator will partner with the attendee in gaining access to materials and supplies needed to pursue their gifts and interests, including the creative outlets. There are nine identified creative outlets: art/photography, theater/ showmanship, cooking/gardening, math/numbers, music/dance, video games/computers, fashion/sewing, puzzles/mazes, or building/electronics.
Each 11+ year old attendee will have at least one opportunity per week to attend a mentor-led, interest-based class that will be offered during the passion-based learning segment. Topics will be gleaned from the attendees themselves and might include such diverse subjects such as foreign language, Japanese history, computer programming, musical instrument instruction, lab science, specialty sciences (astronomy, geology, etc.), cooking, sports, wilderness survival, manga drawing, carpentry, animal care, sewing, photography, Native Americans, etc.
Both groups will have access to the music/arts/crafts room and the cooking/ science/kitchen room to explore their interests or to continue exploring a learning prompt. There are plans for an outdoor workshop as well. Further, both groups will have access to the fully-equipped kitchen for their lunch break. See the lunch tab for more information.