Nestled at the base of Alderfer/Three Sisters 800 Acre Park, Creative Bridges, is a center for self-directed learning in Evergreen, CO. We serve school age children by providing them with a creative space, caring facilitators, resources, peer groups and a model for children who choose to live and learn without traditional school.
We meet with each child to determine what areas of interest they have and how to help them with their own personal growth. This could be growth in any area: social, physical, intellectual, spiritual, and emotional. Together, along with the family, we create a learning plan for each child or teen. This ensures a holistic approach for each child.
All of our children and families choose to "do school" differently; some do curriculum either online or at home, while others view the world as their classroom and find education everywhere. Education is as unique as the child.
We facilitate personal growth by:
Encouraging each child/teen to appreciate that they can act on their world individually or collectively to transform it. This promotes creativity and confidence.
Creating a safe atmosphere of openness and trust to promote communication and growth.
Creating a learning document for intentions, strategies, and ways of self-evaluation.
By teaching the children/teens inquiry, they seek out content with which we help them manage. So therefore, we are a manager of the learning rather than an information provider.
Teaching collaboration, autonomy and interdependence, decision-making, and critical thinking.
Helping children/teens locate resources
Using community experiences and apprenticeships to grow a rich experience base.
Regular meetings with learners (once a day to once a week) and their parents (flexible based on needs) to promote healthy partnerships.
One thing we look for when a new child comes in is where do they find joy? That may be witnessed right away, or it may take time. Because we know where there is joy, we become open and learning becomes natural. Where there is conflict, there lies the opportunity for growth. Where there is failure, we know we are stretching ourselves outside our comfort to learn that failure is our friend. To quote a teen recently, he said, "It's okay, it's hard, but you can do it and it will get easier."
Children simply need to be who they are, in an environment that nurtures and challenges them, with peers that accept them, immersed in a culture of learning. In the Alternative to School Program, children ages 5 (must meet kindergarten age requirements)-18 take learning into their own hands with adults that help them discover, appreciate and develop their own rhythms.
This program offers:
Evaluations to meet the homeschool requirements
Advisory for each child to ensure the program meets all individual needs
Self-directed classes; both 1:1 and small group
Community offerings daily if desired
Community service projects
Peer group and mixed ages
A culture of learning and exploration
Time to build relationships with children and adults
Overnight retreats (additional cost)
*Creative Bridges is an affiliate of Liberated Learners, liberated learners.net