The Keystone Experience

Students feeding the sheep in pasturePasture

We start our day in the pasture as we feed and care for the animals and clean up the pastures. We muck the pasture and collect manure for our worm bins, which then is composted and used in our garden.

 

Musicstudents during morning music time

After pasture, we all gather as a whole school to sing together, learn rhythm, experience different types of music, learn basic musical vocabulary, and even write a song together if that is on the agenda.

 

working during classroom timeClassrooms

We then traditionally break to go to our individual, multi-age classrooms in which we get down to the business of bonding and learning together. Each day brings with it a new adventure as we explore concepts in math, reading, writing, science, history, geography, and much more. However, at our core, we work to help foster critical thinking. As students grow as problem solvers and discover who they are as learners and thinkers, they also continue to develop critical social and emotional skills.

 

ProjectMulti-age painting during project-based learning

A good portion of each week is dedicated to working through various student-driven, exploratory projects in either a whole-school or individual classroom setting.

 

recess time in the sandboxRecess

We value lots of fresh air and outdoor play! Our hour of lunch and recess is filled with plenty of running, exploring, bike riding, tree climbing, and more.

 

Art/Technology/PEcollaborative art

In the afternoons, the individual classrooms break out to explore aspects of physical education, technology, or art.

 

Chores

At the end of every day, our students group into multi-age teams and clean up the campus by mopping, sweeping, taking out the trash, collecting recycling, etc. We firmly believe that this time of day is just as important as any other time or activity.