As part of Education for Life balanced approach, we offer a variety of programs that enrich our students’ learning.
Drama: Children need nourishment for their imaginative life. LWS Drama classes help our youngest students experience their bodies in space and how to control them, using movement and rhythm. Primary students play theatrically inspired games and improve, as well as reader’s theater. Older students also explore the Art of Acting. Drama class allows each child the opportunity to perform to his/her comfort level and still gain the valuable skill of public speaking. Most importantly, Drama class is fun! It is a way for the children to create, and express themselves in a supportive environment.
Music: Our music program offers children the opportunity to experience the fun, joy and self-expression of singing, dancing and playing instruments. Children are engaged in the multiple ways music is used to express oneself. Children explore timbre and rhythm as they learn to play a variety of percussion instruments such as drums, finger cymbals, Chinese wood blocks and Latin American cabasa. Through dance and other movement activities students learn to internalize musical pulse, rhythm, phrase and form. Children learn improvisation and composition on xylophones and marimbas using a framework of poetry. The quieting experience of chanting and the singing of songs with uplifting content and meaningful messages promote a healthy approach to life.
Language: French is taught in short, lively sessions once a week. Core components of the class include songs, movement, and games. The goal of the class is comprehension and cultural exposure, rather than fluency, with an emphasis on the joy of learning another language. Middle School students explore Comparative Language, leading to independent study which can count toward high school language credit.
Some of our specialists share their curriculum overviews with parents during an Open House: Sabrina Carlin-French and Comparative Language; Dejah Leger- Music, Bhakti Ruggiero-Yoga; Bhima Breckenridge-Music; Buddy Wilson-Yoga, Meditation, Science Lab; Kathryn Carter- Drama.
Organic Gardening: Children enjoy planting their own seeds, exploring the life cycles of plants – and eating the results!
Wilderness Awareness: During Spring and Fall, Elementary through Middle School grades have the opportunity to participate in outdoor learning geared toward understanding the natural world and their place in it. Topics include tracking, plant and animal identification, creating outdoor shelter, contemplating nature in“sit- spots”, and more.
The summer is a time to explore, create new friends and rekindle past year’s camp acquaintances.
Our popular annual Living Wisdom Yoga Day Camp, for children ages 5 to 11 takes place at the Ananda Community in Lynnwood, Washington With 5 acres of lawns, gardens, trees- and a swimming pool! Students need not be enrolled in the school to attend. Dates for 2016 are July 18-22, and July 25-29.