Abundant Beginning's Homeschool Program
Nuts and Bolts
Ages: 7 - 10
Days: Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays
Time: 9:00-2:30, (extended care available, 8:30am - 3:00pm)
Calendar: September through May
Ratio: 1 Teacher to 8 Students
Drop-Off and Pick-up Location: Tuesday/Thursday @ The Gardens at Lake Merritt. Wednesday @ Joaquin Miller.
Tuition: $5,800 (Please let us know if your family needs financial support, as sliding scale is available. We also provide a “Struggle is Real” Discount, which offers 30% off on all programs to families of color.)
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About the program
By taking learning directly out into our community and wild-spaces, children in the Abundant Beginnings homeschool program will experience education as immediately and intimately tied to the lived realities in their world. Each trimester the learning community will tackle a new inquiry topic that can be explored in depth through multiple, diverse angles both within the social and natural systems of our community.
The Inquiry Arc is the fundamental rhythm of learning in the Abundant Beginnings homeschool program. With three major arcs each year, students will move through a diverse course of study in a series of intensive immersions, emphasizing depth over breadth, integrating and contextualizing the development of skills and domain knowledge.
The beginning of each Inquiry Arc will start with a broad exploration of the theme. Teacher may invite experts to share their perspectives or plan experiences that allow our students to interact firsthand with the theme. Towards the end of the 6-8 week exploration phase, students will start to focus their interests on a specific topic, perspective, or question that can fuel a long-term project.
During the creation phase students will collaborate in teams to work on their inquiry projects. The teachers’ role during this phase is to provide the tools – physical, mental and academic– that the students need to be able to accomplish their projects. The end of each inquiry cycle will conclude with individual and group reflection. Students (and teachers) extensively document their work from inspiration to completion and work together to synthesize what they have learned into a public exposition.
Students will lead rich literacy lives throughout the entire Inquiry Arc, with reading and writing instruction focused on facilitating the children’s abilities to pursue their own learning goals. Math explorations will be included when the inquiry arc lends itself to mathematical thinking.
We believe it is a child's right to explore their interests and create lasting relationships within an atmosphere of support and freedom. Our central commitments are to provide education that centers social and environmental justice, creates constructive engagements across difference, and cultivates connections to the earth and our ancestral ecological practices.
We educate our children through a queer ecofeminist lens. In the words of Greta Gaard, this lens requires embracing diversity and “building coalitions for creating a democratic, ecological culture based on our shared liberation.” We support our children in this pursuit on the individual level, the community level, and the environmental level.