Empowering children & teens through natural learning

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Free to learn is an independent learning community for homeschoolers and unschoolers ages 4 to 18. Our kids love learning, because they have the freedom and responsibility to design and direct their own education, govern their learning community, receive academic support and caring guidance from skilled mentors. All of this sets them up to thrive.

As an agile learning community explosive learning is activated by harnessing powerful tools for self-organization and intentional culture creation, allowing our students to deeply engage with the world through their passions and strengths.

Our learning environment embraces choice & freedom along with collaboration between students, facilitators, and the local community. The structure of our program allows for students, facilitators, and parents to have a voice and take an active role in building the community they want.

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Our Navigating Principles

Our wings grow from trust in: students, each other, ourselves and you. The four guiding principles that help us take flight are as follows:

1. Learning: Learning is natural. It’s happening all the time.

2. Self-Direction: People learn best when they make their own decisions. Children are people.

3. Experience: People learn more from their culture and environment than from the material they are taught.

4. Development: Personal development soars, by continually cycling through intention, creation, reflection, and sharing.

The Agile Cycle of Learning


Intention

What do you want to accomplish today?

In an Agile Learning Community, we discern and articulate what we want to do, individually and as a group.


Creation

What are you going to do about it?

Agile Learners spend their days exploring and inventing – once we know what we want, we create it.


Reflection

What did you learn from your choices?

Looking back, we develop awareness of what worked and what didn’t, so we can move forward more powerfully.


Sharing

How can you share it with the world?

We document our work to record, exhibit, and share our experience with others.

Agile Learning Is...


Relevant

We prepare young people for the world they are growing up into by empowering them to actively create it.


Innovative

We use leading edge tools and culture creation practices to provide students with the maximal support with minimal interference.


Collaborative

We are active collaborators in the ALC Network. We aren’t in this game alone! Check out the growing network of ALCs.

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