Archive for Sudbury education

Information Night, March 22, 2011

Becoming a Sudbury Student, becoming a Sudbury Family What does it take to become a Sudbury student? How can your family support your educational journey? What changes can you expect as you embark on your Sudbury experience? Discuss these ideas with people who successfully made the transition from homeschooling or traditional schooling to Sudbury education. Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2011 Time: [...]

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General Discussion Group, Jan 26th

Topic: The role of parents in alternative education Parents play a BIG role in their kids’ educations. Discuss what parental involvement looks like, how it plays out, and when the kids decide enough is enough. Date: Jan 26/11 Time: 7:00-8:30 p.m. Location: Community Centre 55, 97 Main St. with TTC directions from Main Station: tiny.cc/51uqx with follow-up on how parents can be involved [...]

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Information Meeting Jan 11: Trust in a Sudbury School

Come discuss ways in which trust is a part of Sudbury schools. Can you trust your child to direct her own education? Can your child trust that she’ll be respected and supported? Last month we discussed trust in general, and this month we’ll focus specifically on trust within Sudbury schools. Trust is a key issue – [...]

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CURRICULUM: Discussion Evening hosted by Reach

Curriculum What is it?   —————– Do we need it?  ———— Who decides?  ————- What kind?  —————– Does it matter?  ———— To whom?  —————— Why? ————————- Join us in a lively discussion of the role of CURRICULUM in alternative education, whether homeschooling, unschooling, online schooling, Waldorf, Montessori, Sudbury education and more. Thursday, October 28/10     7 – 8:30 p.m. Frankland Community Centre 816 Logan Ave., just [...]

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Building a community at Reach

Thirteen people interested specifically in Reach Sudbury School met to discuss the current status of the school and to ask questions about school policies. We talked about the kinds of students we thought would be appropriate for the school, attendance policies, School Meeting, Judicial Committee, what we’re looking for in a site. I [...]

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Daily Life at Reach

It is hard to describe what a typical day at Reach will be as every day is different at this type of school, and each student has a unique school experience. For some students the day is free-flowing; others like to schedule themselves or participate in more organized activities. Without bells enforcing changes in [...]

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Playing school at a Sudbury school

One day, I noticed a bunch of kids playing “school”. The funny thing about this is that the kids who were playing this game had never been to a traditional school. Some had been homeschooled prior to joining our school; others had spent their entire schooling at a Sudbury school. Yet, they seemed to know how it worked. That’s how pervasive the notion of “school” is.

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Play, free play and developing independence

Dr. Carlo Ricci kicked off the discussion by talking about the difference between play and free play. Free play, he noted, was the kind of play that children engage in without the “help” of adults. It is self-organizing, self-perpetuating, and self-evolving. That is, the play begins when children decide, necessary rules are negotiated amongst the children without adult interference, and the play proceeds and ends when the children no longer feel like playing.

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Many alternative paths to post-secondary

Our largest turnout yet! Homeschooling parents, educational professionals, parents with kids in traditional and alternative schools, current and former Sudbury-school parents, parents of preschoolers and one teen in Grade 11 (a former Beach School student) came to the beautiful new building of the Toronto Buddhist Church in the Downsview area of Toronto. In addition to [...]

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Great Discussion on Monday and No Diploma, No Problem! on May 20

Monday’s monthly discussion night was a lively gathering from which no one seemed to want to leave. Three former Beach School students (including myself and my sister Frances, who is currently attending the original Sudbury Valley School) shared their experiences with a group who seemed quite interested. Dr Carlo Ricci (our group’s education consultant) was kind [...]

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