With our high mentor to child ratio EverWild is able to support the development of each individual as they learn and develop at their own pace. Our program values Place-Based Education, Project-Based learning and 21st Century Skills.
Before we can ask a child to help the Earth they must first build a relationship with it. Place-based learning immerses children in their immediate environment allowing them to gain an understanding of and discover their place within the world around them. As the child grows, the complexity and richness of their environment and knowledge of a particular place expands in breadth and depth.
EverWild plants the seed for each child to participate in project-based learning by supporting the child and their interests. These projects can be one-off projects (projects that are short and typically begin and end in the same day) or they can become long-term projects. Long-term projects begin when a group or a child's interest peaks in a particular subject area and continues to reappear over the course of multiple days.
Place-based projects provide the opportunity for gaining more knowledge about the natural environment and supports the development of the child's 21st century skills. Projects are driven by the group's interests and develop in relation to the theme of the month, our location and naturally occurring events in nature in collaboration with group members and mentors. Mentors support group projects by providing materials and tools and encourage inquiry to guide the group towards the next step in their project. Children collaborate and learn from one another in a mixed age group allowing for real world situations, social interactions and the practice of 21st century skills.
Project Based Learning supports the growth of children's 21st Century Skills including: Collaboration and Teamwork, Creativity and Imagination, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills. Children at EverWild direct and manage their own learning while inspiring and learning from one another; experiencing all roles from leader, supporter, expert, apprentice, and friend. Mentors and parents provide support and resources that aid in supporting the child throughout this learning process.
EverWild weaves academic subjects effortlessly into daily learning experiences. Through exploration and projects children encounter real-time experiences applying natural science knowledge, mathematics, literacy, social studies, physical education and the arts. Children are challenged at an individually appropriate pace and expand upon the origin of their understanding as they grow developmentally in age.
With our high mentor to child ratio EverWild is able to support the development of each individual as they learn and develop at their own pace. Our program values Place-Based Education, Project-Based learning and 21st Century Skills…