“Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.” – Bill Nye
School is for learning about the world – and finding your place in it. At Arbor Vitae Academy, we utilize emergent curriculum instructional methods, strategies typically used with young students, but that have a profoundly positive effect on student learning in older grades when appropriately planned and modified. Though the concepts each student works to master remain the same, the delivery of instruction is largely dependent on students’ current interests, topical or relevant world issues, and available opportunities to apply what they’ve learned in our community. Arbor V’s strong emphasis on art and science is interwoven with core subject instruction for a truly interdisciplinary learning experience.
Our hands-on approach to education happens both in and out of the classroom. We use manipulatives, projects, and tactile experiments to teach core subject concepts. These ideas are reinforced by regular trips to some of Frankfort’s most valuable assets, such as the Paul Sawyier Public Library, Farmers Market, health and fitness classes, performing arts engagements, and more. The very first item on Arbor V’s student supply list is “walking shoes” – they’ll cover a lot of ground over the course of a school year, as will the child wearing them.
It’s never too early to show children that they are capable of producing positive change in the world. Take a look at the service projects at Kid World Citizen, Start a Snowball, and Big Hearted Families, many of which inspire our social outreach plans. You may also visit What is Service Learning? to learn more about the benefits of combining academics and social change.