The Movement

New learning facility set to re-imagine education

Alithia Learning will be a pilot for an entirely new approach to childhood learning when it launches in January 2019.   The learning hub, run by the not-for-profit organisation Alithia Inc., will be located in Valla on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales, Australia, and cater for children aged five to 12.  …

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How ‘friluftsliv’ can help you reconnect with nature

“Regular exposure to nature has well-known mental and physical health benefits, especially in kids. It’s linked to reduced ADHD, more creativity, better critical thinking, better behaviour, better test scores and even a stronger sense of purpose”   “Friluftsliv promotes direct experience in the natural world… It’s a philosophy that plays a vital role in Finland’s…

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The Education Paradigm & Creative Thinking

Sir Ken Robinson is an academic, author, speaker and international advisor on education. He opens our eyes to the outcomes of an out-dated political structure that no longer serves our society.     Robinson stresses the importance of allowing children to be WHO they are, think creatively and be prepared for the 21st Century.    …

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The Art of Learning

Josh Waitzken is the author of “The Art of Learning” and has created an organisation that brings these techniques to education. “When children explore how they learn they become empowered to take control of their learning, express themselves creatively, and develop a life-long love of learning.” He breaks down ways in which we learn and…

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Oberländer’s School, Berlin

No grades, no timetable… At Oberländer’s school, there are no grades until students turn 15, no timetables and no lecture-style instructions. The pupils decide which subjects they want to study for each lesson and when they want to take an exam. “The mission of a progressive school should be to prepare young people to cope…

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Forest Kindergartens, Denmark

Children running wild Children are running wild in the mud, climbing high into trees and playing with knives, but no one is telling them off. This is kindergarten… Danish-style. From the Blog When Children Instigate Projects: Raft Building November 16, 2018 Music, Learning and STEM via Play October 10, 2018 Nature, Science and Culture Event…

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Candlebark & Fitzroy Community School, Victoria

Happiness is playfulness “Take care, take risks”. The video below shows two inspirational schools in Victoria that have incorporated unique ways of doing things and have elements and aspects that will be drawn upon as Alithia Inc opens a first-of-its-kind Learning Facility in 2019. Children in Victoria have the option of part-time home schooling (as…

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This is what happens when children create their own curriculum

Every pupil is a teacher A boarding school in Russia shows how successful peer-to-peer learning is! It shifts the paradigm away from year levels and the concept of a person’s chronological age dictating curriculum. Children design their own curriculum based on their interests. Children are given responsibility for their own education, learning together and teaching…

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Teaching kids philosophy makes them smarter in math and English

Nine- and 10-year-old children in England who participated in a philosophy class once a week over the course of a year significantly boosted their math and literacy skills, with disadvantaged students showing the most significant gains, according to a large and well-designed study (pdf).   More than 3,000 kids in 48 schools across England participated…

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The Unsafe Child: Less Outdoor Play is Causing More Harm than Good

Author: Angela Hanscom is a pediatric occupational therapist, with a master’s degree in occupational therapy and an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology (the study of movement) with a concentration in health fitness.   “As we continue to decrease children’s time and space to move and play outdoors, we are seeing a simultaneous rise in the number of…

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