How Does EverWild Incorporate Projects
EverWild’s projects effortlessly include the practice of academic subjects through daily learning experiences. Through exploration and projects children encounter real-time experiences applying natural science knowledge, mathematics, literacy, social studies, physical education and the arts. Children are challenged at an individually appropriate pace and expand upon the origin of their understanding as they grow developmentally in age. Projects are developed based on the group’s interest and naturally occurring events in nature with the support of qualified mentors.
Science: The life-cycle of a tadpole; composting; how to use edible and useful plants; solar ovens; building a wind powered boat; identifying rocks, plants, animals, animal tracks; watershed mapping; different environments and their relationship to each other; life-cycle of animals on land and water; anatomy of a local plant; etc.
Mathematics: Calculating measurements to build a tree house; counting wild parrots horses, flowers, fish; identifying the size of animal prints; measuring ingredients to cook pancakes over a fire; determining distance on a map; computing the time it takes us to hike from one place to the next; identifying geometric shapes in nature.
Literacy: Reading a book to discover more about an interest or inquiry; making a list of materials needed to develop a project; writing in our nature journals; reading a map; writing in the dirt, sand and mud; note taking on discoveries in nature and research to further the information about their discoveries; dramatic play; puppetry; storytelling; songs; poetry; etc.
Social Studies: Children learn about themselves, their relationship to their peers and their immediate surroundings. These learnings expand to encompass their towns, their state, their country, and the world as a child grows developmentally in age. Children investigate the questions: Why do people live where they do? And build where they do? Storytelling about the history of our locations and exploring them; Dramatic play resembling a time in history based on our location; Researching people and pioneers that relate to our project. EverWild's diversity allows for sharing and learning about each other's heritage, ancestry and cultural practices and perspectives.
Physical Education: Rock hopping; tree climbing; counterbalancing through a tide pool; group games; leaping across rocks; swimming in a tide pool; skipping and throwing rocks; climbing a rope; rock climbing; etc. Children become increasingly aware of their bodies in space as they maneuver through nature with their peers.
Arts: Drawing; painting; clay modeling; collage; woodworking; building shelters; singing; dancing; natural instruments; rhythm making. EverWild combines high-end art materials with materials found in nature to compose art. Children experiment and practice using different materials and gain an understanding of how materials interact with each other.