If I could design my dream school for my two kids it would be something like this:
It would be located somewhere within walking distance of the house so we could walk to and from school together. It would have preK to 8 th grade in one building so they would get to see the role models (good and bad) of the older kids.
There would be a huge organic garden on the grounds that the students would take care of as part of their science/biology/earth science curriculum. The items grown would then be used for cooking classes in the cooking class room. I took a class called Home Economics where they taught me how to sew and cook, things I still like to do today. I want my kids to learn those skills. Once they are done cooking the food they will go to the lunch room that feels like someones kitchen at home with wooden tables and wooden chairs and share a meal with the kids in school of all ages family style (one child gets the food, another gets the drinks..etc.). The food will be served on real plates with real forks, knives, cotton napkins, and glasses. Everyone will clean up after one another and they will make friendships at lunch time that last forever.
After lunch they get to go outside and play in the huge natural play area in the back of the school. There are metal swings for them to swing on where they have to wait their turn. They get to jump rope, play running bases, red light green light, and Simon says in the light of the sun. Even when it is cold out the kids are able to convince their teachers that they want to go out and play and they agree because they love their job and they love the kids too.
For the kids educational time they learn math, science, and reading while doing fun projects and experiments. The kids will read about a social studies topic in reading, then use math to analyze the problem and then apply it in science class. All the classes and educational topics will overlap.
The classrooms will have abundant natural light and windows that open for fresh air. The walls will be painted with low VOC paint and the kids desk will be made from natural and upcycled materials. There are plants and animals in the room for them to take care of that have to be taken home on the weekends and long breaks. These pets will get to visit with the rest of our family. The kids will learn responsibility from those weekends and invite their cousins and all their other friends over so they can show off their class pet.
The class trips the kids go on will be amazing. They will go to the science museum, the natural history museum, and farms. Amazing people will come to the school and teach about amazing people and places. The kids will get to use technology to connect to people and places that I never was able to. They will learn how to protect the planet and live in harmony with nature while still fitting into our normal society.
Do not get me started on the extra curricular activities!
Where will I be? I will be volunteering at the library once a month, organizing the field trip, being on the parent hiring committee for new teachers, and helping find new and amazing opportunities for your school to grow. I will probably be doing even more.
I have not found this school yet but when I do the kids are going there. Hopefully we will not have to move far but if there is a school really like this it might be worth it.
Do you know where this school is?