Fresh Education was founded on the belief that every child deserves the opportunity to learn and be supported in their academic and social-emotional growth, regardless of their learning style, special needs, or zip code.
A Scholar may be “bright and bored” – or left out or left behind for lack of resources, have special needs that are not being met, or may be a social or kinesthetic learner… No matter the case, we trust a child’s awareness of their needs and work together to define and support them.
We flip the script: A child is not failing, they simply need to find the learning style that works for them. We are here to help in that discovery and to equip scholars with the tools they need in order to THRIVE!
Application of the Principles
Imaginative and creative play is a natural way for Scholars to learn about the world. Actively moving around as well as using their senses in play, Scholars develop healthy, strong, and complete neurological connections in their brains! Fresh Education unleashes imagination and creativity with woodblocks, Legos, music, art, science, and “makerspaces” too!
Core academic skills consist of areas, such as writing, presentations, and referencing, which underpin more complex skills, including critical thinking and reflective practices. Fresh Education supports these crucial academic skills by utilizing a comprehensive Lexile Library, small group lessons, personalized software, and live, direct instruction.
Performance and presentations such as drama, music, dance, and academic presentations are additional forms of creativity that grow scholars’ minds. Scholars have access to a theatrical stage, the public park, and live virtual platforms to express their talents and skills to a broad audience.
We approach behavior as a signal. When a scholar “acts out” they are actually sharing a message worth listening to. It may mean, “I am bored,” or “I’m unhappy,” or “I can’t focus right now.” It doesn’t necessarily mean, “I disrespect the teacher” or “I hate this!”
Our responses to learner behavior (both negative and positive) are focused on the 5 Restorative Practices:
These beliefs and practices form the foundation of our Community Meetings and our Culture!