We aren’t very typical, but here goes.

We begin the day with some sort of in-gathering. Meditating by the beehive is a favorite. Chalk drawing on the patio, on a theme relevant to the day’s plan is another.

After that we launch into some work. If we’re creating a fruit orchard we’ll clear brush and weed, practicing our use of tools. If we’re building a raised bed we’ll pile up the necessary brush and logs, and add compost and mulch. All the while we are asking questions. How is soil created? Why are there so many rocks in the ground? What kind of bug is this? What should we plant here?

Most days we’ll find something to harvest and cook. For example: Digging up potatoes, cleaning and peeling them, cutting them with knives leads to FRENCH FRIES! Children are learning the cycle of life, along with fine motor skills (using knives and cooking implements), as well as nutrition and cooking. Their palates mature as they taste new flavors, and note the difference between fresh food and fast food.

Lunch happens. We insist on a quiet half-hour after this for the teachers to talk and rest. Meanwhile, the kids play board games and talk. There are no screens in our school.

Scootering around the neighborhood is a favorite activity, as is soccer in the yard, and chalk drawing on the patio.

After this fun we usually launch into an art project or a workshop. We paint rocks or add to our ongoing mural on the back wall of the garden. A guest might come in to teach us how to build something, make paper or soap, or forage for a wild salad.

Depending on weather, the last hour of the day is usually spent outdoors in whatever way the kids prefer. They may pair off to continue making art, play a sport or a game, read quietly, or scooter some more. Our job is to keep an eye on everything while keeping a low profile.