Did you know that several of our Facebook posts have now gone viral? Many schools across the United States and the United Kingdom are now sharing our ideas and implementing them into their own programs. Some of the most shared photos and videos are of our Outdoor Classroom. We have received numerous messages from people praising us for allowing our learners to exercise their rights as a child to discover, explore, and play. We are a school that facilitates academics in many ways, but more importantly, understands that learning does not take place through a worksheet.
Equally, we know that the value of a child is not based on a test score, but how they are as a human being. Our goal is to fill their “toolbox” with mastery in reading, writing, and math, and also with a deep understanding so that they can critically think, have voice and choice in their learning, and the self-confidence that they can be change makers. By giving them the opportunities to discover things on their own, helping them to create a sense of wonderment about the world around them, and providing the opportunity to utilize their imagination through play, they will be more successful.
Play is not frivolous, it is essential for healthy brain development, which in turn makes children better learners when it comes to academics in school and life. Please click here to read one of hundreds of research articles on why we have created our Outdoor Classroom and allow our learners to play.
Learner-Led Conferences (LLCs) are around the corner. They will be held on Friday, March 13; Thursday, March 19 (minimum day); and Friday March 20. These conferences create a purposeful way for learners to talk with adults about their learning and offer parents a direct and active role in their child’s school life. What to Expect at
On Friday morning’s “Eye on the Valley” on KHTS Radio, host Matt Watson interviewed iLEAD Agua Dulce’s School Director Lisa Latimer and Facilitator Aidan Bybee about the importance of play!
Radio interviews, Middle School Dance, greeting special guests, and spending time with new friends from iLEAD Innovation Studios made our week fantastic!