Years later some things have changed. 1) I had established myself as an Early development Centre and have now evolved into a Holistic Alternative School. We are On the Ontario Government website list for the Ministry of Education as a Private School and are a not for profit organization.
3) we have secured our space at Reroot Organic Farm in Harriston and are so happy with our space which includes a designated multi-room classroom space, learning greenhouse classroom, farm and animal access, 2 creeks, a vast forest and so much more.
It started with our children
Inspired by the idea of "informed choice" in childbirth, an idea was born and we chose a different educational path for our family. It did not exist-so we created it. It took some time but our vision stayed strong.
we created a early development centre in our home
Starting in our home, with one additional child (who is still in our programs today), we created an Early Development Centre and utilized our home space to nurture children.
we created summer programs
With the pandemic of COVID-19, our doors in our home-based School were abruptly closed and never reopened. Pivoting directions, we pushed through and created 2 amazing Summer Camp Programs for children ages 2.5-13 years old for Farm and Forest Experiences.
We started presenting and consulting
We gained an immense amount of support and found consulting and presenting to other Educators incredibly in demand and started to meet that need with professional development opportunities.
we found our ideal location
With the well received joy that our Summer Programs brought, we knew we needed to continue our programs as a school (I had actually written down September 2020 as our time to become a private school 2 years prior). So once again, with no space in mind we released a fall schedule and took a leap of faith. To our joy, in mid August 2020 we met with Caitlin and Tony of Reroot Organic Farm and within an hour made a deal, had a portable classroom picked out and were on our way to see it. Little did we know a month later it would be in place and we would start renovating our inside space thanks to Tony and Cailtin, amazing families and volunteers while also running our outdoor programs as a Registered Private School.
we found an amazing tribe of educators
We officially start as a School and hire an amazing group of Educators that align with our goals, passion and philosophy.
Our diverse team is incredible and always learning alongside each other and their students, growing, listening, perfecting, and shining bright.