At The Love School, what is striking is how joyous, glowing with health, and completely invested our children are in all that they do. We witness their breadth of experience from
moments of pure abandonment and creative wildness balanced with moments of
immense focus and monk-like attentiveness. No matter what activity
our children are engaged in an atmosphere always brimming with a palpable grace, magic,
and the unmistakable vibrancy of love.
-Claudia Udy, Founder, Director & Lead Teacher
Welcome to The Love School where children are celebrated and respected for their uniqueness, their genius, their immense capability as well as their individual ways of learning.
Fundamental to our approach is creating an environment where children can cultivate a deep connection to their own true nature, Nature itself, community, and the world at large. We, as mentors, support each child developing their own capacity to create a meaningful and fulfilling life. This is encouraged in the way we approach each other and the way we engage in exploration, challenge, and adventure. This includes everything from our highly imaginative free-play to our scientific probings, how we undertake our geographic, historical and cultural investigations, as well as how we immerse ourselves in our artistic endeavors or academic projects.
At The Love School, we believe it takes a village to raise our children and that a cohesive community is equally important for the well-being of adults. We, our children, parents, facilitators, and specialists come together to create a thriving community founded on love, respect and understanding. Parents, extended family and friends are invited to contribute their presence, visions, culture, and skills to enrich us.
Our environment and technology are undergoing an exponential transformation.
The Love School, inspired by Waldorf and Reggio, pulls on particular aspects of these educational approaches, primarily seeking to prepare children for the world they are inheriting. Our emphasis is creating an environment where our children can develop the necessary tools and skills to become the leaders of their future.
Self-knowledge, Self-esteem, and Self- Advocacy.
Resilience, Respect, Tolerance, and Deep Connections.
Integrity, Self-Discipline, Centeredness, Freedom to be
Creative, Critical and Out-of-the-Box Thinking.
Compassion, Communication and Collaboration.
Leadership and Stewardship.
Healthy Habits & Practical Tools For Daily Living.
Developing the Love of Learning & How You Learn Best: from the Creative to the Scientific.
NATURE, OUR TEACHER
In an era of Nature deficit, we are committed to immersing our children in Nature to foster a deep connection and relationship with the natural world. We tend and eat from our garden, learn about medicinal herbs and edible plants that grow in our local Chaparral (oceanside mountain desert climate).
Through direct experience and scientific exploration, naturalist studies, nature adventures, interspecies communication, animal husbandry, and nature-based field-trips our children learn to engage in the world as real scientists. They ask questions, see cause and effect and experience themselves as a part of nature and the inextricable link between our current environmental challenges and future solutions. Connecting with nature in these ways awakens our children’s senses, creating neuro-pathways that develop the higher mind for academics, for living in respect of the Earth, and for life.
GUIDED & EMERGENT CIRRICULUM
Children are born curious, wanting to explore and be adventurous. Nature, the seasons and our children's innate fascination with the world around them informs our Emergent Curriculum. The adults alongside the children share an environment of enlivened co-learning and co-teaching where we follow what sparks our curiosity and interests.
The Guided Curriculum ensures that our children are able to be on point with expected milestones or exceed educational standards. Our graduates are well prepared for their next step whether it be a public or private school. Many of our families choose to have their grade school children stay and take part in our homeschooling program.