Where the Exploration is the Discovery
Providing children the opportunity to experiment and discover for themselves fosters curiosity and supports the active engagement of the learner throughout the learning process. Learning theories all underscore the very basic foundational principle of the importance of PLAY! As Albert Einstein said, “The ability to play is instrumental in scientific exploration, discovery and all forms of creativity!”
We provide an environment and holistic approach to learning. We focus on the children and skills that challenge them with meaningful and relevant work and play. We adhere to “learning by doing” rather than asking children to memorize, giving homework or teaching to the test.
We create experiences for our students that promote their authentic understanding of new concepts. This approach frequently propels us outside into our nature classroom and nature trail or out in the world as our students explore with real world projects, learning 21st century skills.
We value diversity and difference. We have mixed aged environments. When children are with peers of varying ages and skills, this frees children to take pride in their abilities as individuals, giving them constant motivation to improve. We believe that children learn as much from their younger peers as they would from their age group or older peers. We believe in nurturing a respect for the deep religious values that families hold while also helping children see how to model greater respect for others.
We regard parents as partners. Parents are the child’s first and most important teachers and they are seen as valuable collaborators and the best advocates for their children. Parent involvement bridges the gap between school and home, and is key in encouraging well-rounded learning and positive child development.
We value the arts and time for free play. We believe that play and art are central to making education engaging and simply makes learning fun yet meaningful.
We value social and emotional intelligence. We provide an environment that is respectful of each child. It’s been shown that children with high emotional intelligence do better in school and make healthier choices overall. They are also more cooperative and make better leaders in the classroom. There is also a relationship between emotional intelligence and bullying. We foster interpersonal values of honesty, empathy, gratitude, and encouragement of others.
We believe that each child will change the world in a profound way. We take our role very seriously as we facilitate in their search in finding their passion or calling through our child-focused approach.
LEARNING TO DO
We design each day of each session with multiple opportunities for experiential, co-operative, adventure and apprenticeship learning. We believe that helping children to learn by doing is highly engaging and empowering. We focus on skills for each quest that will enable them to participate in relevant real world projects such as our Children’s Business Fair.
CURRICULUM IS CHILD-CENTERED AND DEVELOPMENTALLY APPROPRIATE
Learning takes place in a meaningful context and is tied to children’s needs and interests. Education at ROAC fosters each child’s internal motivation to learn.
AUTHENTIC UNDERSTANDING IS VALUED OVER MEMORIZATION OR GOOD GRADES
We believe that when understanding is achieved memorization follows. Students who truly comprehend concepts carry their knowledge with them out into the world and can apply it to new situations.
LEARNING TO LEARN IS EMPHASIZED
When process is central, there is no need to cheat, no need for parents to do homework, no need to avoid risks. Risk-taking may lead to failure but we learn the most and retain knowledge longer from failures. These are powerful teaching tools and provide the greatest opportunities for growth.
Our curriculum blends different disciplines to stimulate understanding from different viewpoints and to show the real-world application of knowledge. Our normal daily life and work are not stratified into different subjects. Children don’t experience the world that way either. Instead, we all live in a truly interdisciplinary fashion. We design our quests (projects) with this in mind where children make meaningful and relevant connections between the different disciplines, in addition to creating a more profound understanding
INQUIRY IS AT THE HEART OF OUR CURRICULUM
Questioning is the art of learning. Learning to ask good questions is the best evidence of understanding there is, far surpassing the glory of giving the correct answer.