Learning Based on Play
Every child is a hero, on a hero’s journey. We at Earthy Academy believe students discover that journey by having the freedom to explore many different subjects which interest them. With that freedom, they will find what they are truly passionate about. When children are passionate they learn 10x faster! It’s our job to get out of the way and give them the freedom and options they need so they can walk their own trail to a life and career full of fulfillment and happiness.
Lower school students have a vast 10 acre fenced campus which includes a forest full of interesting things to discover, an organic permaculture farm and greenhouse where they can select seeds to plant in their own gardens, water and harvest fruits and vegetables which they can freely forage on, feed & harvest the worm bin, learn all about native Hawaiian plants and their uses, catch tadpoles and frogs in the shallow pond & creek, play in the sand boxes and make mud pies in the various outdoor kitchens, tree climbing and gaining strength and balance in the forest ninja course.
Students are the caretakers of the sweet animals in our animal sanctuary- which includes bunnies, chickens, mini goats, ducks, and mini pigs. Students are free to cuddle and gently interact with all the animals in the sanctuary every day.
Students learn through Quests
Quests are thought provoking challenges, often with many different methods in which they can be solved. Instead of being taught-to, students learn by becoming genuinely curious and interested in all the various elements they must become familiar with in order to solve the quest.
Quests in many different subjects happen daily, with students free to choose which subjects interest them most. The various subjects include:
Writing is emphasized in every quest. Students will get opportunities daily to write down thoughts, concepts learned, create poetry, write essays and peer read other student’s essays. Having the ability to articulate one’s thoughts in a clear and concise way is a skill Earthy Academy regards highly.
Nature explorations are a big emphasis at Earthy Academy. As soon as students show the maturity and coordination, they are invited to participate in the many planned outdoor adventures organized by Earthy Academy. These adventures occur several times a month and can include:
-River & Waterfall Hikes
– Beach Play
– Boat Excursions
– Camping & Star Gazing
The lower school campus is a separate 10 acre fenced section of the farm with permaculture gardens, greenhouses and hundreds of papaya and banana trees. Students will be outside daily and are expected to dress appropriately for rainy weather (rain coat, pants & boots which can be stored overnight in their cubbies). Gazebos and various other covered areas are available to students for writing and doing activities when it is raining, however the majority of the students time will be spent outside. Beautiful Maui’s temperature ranges from 65 degrees F to 80 degrees F year round, so it is always warm enough to be outside.
Because some children are naturally early risers and some are not- parents are free to drop off students starting at 8 am through 9 am
8 am- 9:30 am: Free Play
9:30 am- 9:45 am: Socratic Discussion
9:45 am- 10 am: Daily Tasks
10 am- 12 am: Stations & Free Play
12 pm- 12:30 pm: Lunch
12:30 pm- 2 pm: Quest
2 pm- 2:45 pm: Free Play
2:45 pm- 3 pm: Closing Discussion & Tidy Up
3 pm – 3:15: Pickup
3:15 pm – 5 pm: Aftercare (paid $7 per hour)
Creating a culture of inclusion, empathy, kindness, generosity, and love is our most important priority at Earthy Academy. When our culture feels like everyone is family, and we all take care of each other- then all other learning aspects fall into place. We take time weekly to do group games and challenges which will naturally help the children bond with one another and create a culture of cooperation instead of competition. We use story to paint a deep and impactful image of the journey each student is embarking upon when entering Earthy Academy. They are the hero, on a hero’s journey- and we are here to only be the guide.
This is a journey of self discovery as much as it is of self-growth. Your child will become a part of something bigger than him/herself and you will be amazed at how they will rise to the occasion.
Earthy Academy does not give out letter grades. Instead, we utilize a sophisticated software which systematically tracks every piece of work accomplished by the student. Students earn “Badges” by completing all required quests, papers and other assignments outlined in a certain subject.
Earthy Academy does not highly regard the ability to memorize and recite information, instead badges can only be obtained once information and skills have been learned, applied and demonstrated. This method ensures mastery in each subject.