Whether you are a classroom teacher or a parent homeschooling your children, we can help you create or enhance your curriculum to engage students. Students can read and write and make art through compelling, real-world content that excites them. Any curriculum can be taught through a Place-based lens. Place-based education (PBE) immerses students in local heritage, culture, landscapes, opportunities, and experiences, using these as a foundation for the study of language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, and other subjects across the curriculum. PBE sometimes emphasizes learning through participation in service projects for the local school and/or community.
For us to develop a sense of our place, we need to engage in multiple ways of learning – including observation, experimentation, and opportunities to apply new knowledge (Orr, 1992). This approach allows us to access different sources of knowledge and then create local solutions for local issues, especially when we can rely on experts and elders in our own community, as well as information from the global community.
We promote a three-dimensional view of student achievement – mastery of knowledge and skills, character development, and high-quality work through a curriculum that is designed based on the research of developmental psychologists and educators such as Lev Vygotsky, Maria Montessori, and Jean Piaget.