What Do We Hope For Our Children?

What kind of people do we hope our children will become? Do our schools and homes prepare them to joyfully claim a place in society, joyfully developing deep appreciation for and understanding of themselves and the world around them? Will they commence their lives after high school with a sense […]

September 5, 2018

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Observing Children in Open – Ended, Authentic Play      

Children thrive in an intentional, nurturing environment designed to stimulate their natural curiosity about the world and to invite understanding through exploration and play. In an optimal setting for learning, the daily schedule, physical environment, and variety of sensory-rich materials provide themwith opportunities to make connections socially and cognitively, express their […]

August 22, 2018

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Mindful Lessons Root Early and Deeply

We value curiosity, joy, empathy, and community above all other human qualities and strive to create a school where they are in evidence throughout the environment. We believe that young children are capable of caring deeply about all forms of life, and consequently, that it is our responsibility to nurture […]

August 8, 2018

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The Best Way to Teach is to Explore

If children know there is someone standing over them who knows all the answers, they are less inclined to find the answers for themselves. —Sugata Mitra Tagging along on an adventure which is led by an adult is common for children. But how much of this do they know how […]

June 9, 2018

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Struggle leads to growth

Two weeks ago, we had welcomed our new monarch caterpillars. One has since emerged into a beautiful butterfly, set free and flown away. Its transformation and visible struggle as it had transformed into a chrysalis and again as it had to break through the same chrysalis to emerge as a butterfly brings to […]

May 3, 2018

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Would you like to Build a Cathedral?

The effectiveness of most methods of motivation used in today’s challenges, branding traditional “carrot and stick” approaches as out of date and out of touch with what is necessary to motivate people. The most effective techniques available to us now are comprised of three primary elements– autonomy, mastery and purpose.   […]

November 29, 2017

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Be the change you wish to see in the world.

 I will never forget one of the most profound moments of my life was one year and a half ago when I first learned about River Oak Academy. With a heavy heart after my then 7 year old son had started going to a Montessori school in a nearby town, he […]

June 4, 2017

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