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Philosophy

 

Growing children rooted in trust, love and justice - blossoming in independence.

 

Our Mission...

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.

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Whats next.. 

The long-term goal of  The Abundant Beginnings Community School project is to; Open Community Education Centers that develop curricula and provide space for families during the prenatal-kindergarten years, develop Learning Communities (1st Grade-9th Grade) that will be hubs of education for our youth, and make social justice education accessible to adult allies in the community.

We will utilize a residential Non-Profit/Co-Housing Model that will be part of a larger network of urban and rural land projects that are led by and center the knowledge and experiences of queer people of color.

 


Founding Principles

Nature

We cultivate connections to the Earth and our ancestral ecological practices. We look towards Richard Louv’s “Last Child in the Woods” and Black Land Liberation movements and echo that our program’s outdoor, place-based learning allows our children to go beyond four schoolhouse walls and connect with their senses, their body, and their awareness of our planet.

Radical Inclusion

We create avenues for constructive engagement across difference. Our children and families hold a multitude of identities and when children learn alongside people that are different from themselves, a culture of including, respecting, and celebrating diverse perspectives enriches the learning environment. Children learn best in a mixed aged environment, we  acknowledge and celebrate that just because you the same age  you may not have the same interest, ability or learning style. In addition, children need to see themselves reflected in their place of learning through curriculum, books, and activities. Our program aims to act as both a mirror and a window; We want our children to learn about themselves and about others different from them.

Freedom

We believe in providing an atmosphere and environment that centers support and freedom. The program’s structure is child-led and child-created with an emphasis on children's’ enthusiastic consent. We look to A.S. Neill's Summerhill School, Freedom Schools, Democratic Schools, Forest Kindergartens and other alternative education practices to show how when given the chance to create and engage with their own worthwhile intellectual pursuits, children learn more than when forced.

Social Justice

We engage our children in education that centers social and environmental justice movements. More specifically, we encourage them to notice and challenge oppressive systems in little and big ways. Children experience and see injustices beginning at an early age. We believe it is our responsibility and our opportunity as educators and families to engage in dialogue in an explicit and developmentally-appropriate way with our children about how our world is unfair and how we can use our power to create a better one.

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