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Information Night Feb 10th

What is the role of parents at a Sudbury school? The Sudbury model has been likened to “unschooling in a school” and it is crucial for parents to allow their children to assume full responsibility for their own education in the school environment in order for their children to maximally benefit from the Sudbury experience. What role will parents [...]

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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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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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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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Real Education for Real Teens

The impact of a Sudbury education on three local teens Come meet three Toronto teens who have had non-traditional educations. Sarah and Frances were homeschooled before entering The Beach School; Matt went to traditional public school. Sarah and Matt attended The Beach School for 4 years each, and Frances attended for 5 years. [...]

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Democratic Parenting? Free Kids?

Twelve people gathered at the home of Rika and Sarah Alvo for our second monthly discussion meeting.  Many live in the Beach and Riverdale neighbourhoods of Toronto, but we also had folks from North York and even Cambridge! Thank you for joining us and hope the time was worth your while. Everyone seemed to agree that the current public school [...]

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March 25: Democracy, Freedom, and Parenting

Please join us on Thursday March 25/10 at 7 p.m. for a discussion evening at the home of the Alvo family in Toronto.  Directions below {address and directions removed since to protect privacy}. Light refreshments will be provided. There is a cat. We’re looking forward to a lively exchange of ideas about respectful parenting, family meetings, [...]

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Discussion Night on Thursday February 18!

Reach Sudbury School is hosting a Discussion Night this Thursday. Come connect with other people in Toronto interested in Sudbury, learner-centred, democratic, or free schooling and meet the founders of Reach! Time: 7-9 p.m. Location: Rooster Coffee House (479 Broadview Ave, at Riverdale) Light refreshments. All ages welcome, though childcare is not provided. addthis_url [...]

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