Information from “Our Living School”
Our Living School, the new K-3 private school in Newport, is holding an open house on Saturday, May 26, from 10am to 6pm. Our Living School is an inquiry-based, free-choice learning environment. Students bring their own interests and questions to school, and teacher/director Kelly Everfree works with them to develop their interests into a personalized curriculum.
Every morning Our Living School opens with a democratic meeting. At the meeting students discuss whole-school group projects, problems, current events and social relationships. The goal of the daily group meeting is for the children to practice how to communicate and listen in a way that will prepare them for a diverse and multicultural world. After the meeting, students either break off into their work study groups, or they meet with the teacher to develop a new project plan.
Everfree commented, “At Our Living School we believe that children are intelligent and natural learners. Their enthusiasm for the world around them is palpable, making the school a place where learning is fun.” She continued, “At OLS, we believe in play! Play is not just tolerated, but encouraged, because we know through research that play is the primary way that children learn.”
Our Living School has a maximum enrollment of 12 students between the ages of 5 and 9, and they share an age-integrated classroom. OLS is holding a ten-week summer program beginning June 19, which has two spaces left. Space is also still available in the 2012/2013 school year program.
Everfree holds a BA in Human Development and Family studies from Prescott College and an MA in Education and Community Leadership from Goddard College.
The public is invited to drop by to visit the school, meet Kelly Everfree, and learn more about the curricula on Saturday May 26 at 1845 NE Crestview Place in Newport (right behind Fred Meyer).
Learn more about OLS at www.ourlivingschool.org.