For more detailed information about the daily schedule, see the Daily Schedule page.
In collaboration between Lead Facilitator, parent, and student at the beginning of the year, specific subjects of study will be chosen for the student to pursue. These can be traditional subjects (math, grammer, writing) or they can be specialized subjects (astronomy, poetry, Japanese history). The Facilitator will mentor each student in matching their chosen studies with their preferred learning style as well as collaborating together to create a system to meet their goals that is effective for them.
What makes this section different than attending a co-op, for instance, is that Lead Facilitator will not be teaching the subject, but will assist the student in the skills to be a self-learner. Lead Facilitator will also equip the student in understanding the way they learn best so they can be self advocates in choosing well-matched learning settings as well as choose career paths that matches their strengths. This results in self-initiative attributes that serves them well in college and their chosen career field.
This is a time set aside for all students to get to hang out, be social, play board games, or relax. It’s also a time they can go outside and explore, pick up a ball game, interact with nature, and eventually, even get to be with some animals. At the Creative Learning Center, we find value in inter-relationships and quality outdoor time.
The Lead Facilitator will partner with the student in gaining access to materials and supplies needed to pursue their gifts and interests, such as computer programming, creative writing, fly fishing, etc., 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. With this in mind, there is also a music room, an arts/crafts room, and a cooking/science/kitchen room. There are plans for an outdoor workshop as well.
What makes this different than other learning environments is that the Creative Learning Center gives value to the particular strengths and interests of a student. Often, these strong interests lead to future careers. These pursuits also set them apart during the college application process as a desirable student because they add to the diversity colleges are looking for in their student bodies.
Every student will have at least one opportunity for each day they attend per week in a five week period to attend a mentor-led, interest-based class. (If you attend three days per week, you will have at least three different opportunities in a five week period to attend a mentor-led class; five days equals five times, etc.) Topics might include 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.
What makes these classes different from those offered in other co-ops is it is specifically set up to create an opportunity to learn from and connect with an adult mentor in the field of a student’s interest. Thus, these classes will be more mentor-based instruction versus teacher-to-student instruction. If it’s not some of the student’s interests, it can also spark a new interest. These types of interactions cultivates their ability to view other adults as helpful versus authoritative which translates to better professor interactions in college and supervisor support in their careers.