The Nature School of Philadelphia

We are diligently working on creating a curriculum for your Nature Lovers. The path of study will be based on the following concepts and ideas:

The instructional philosophies of NSP are based on the fundamental values of Dr. Ken Ginsburg’s 7 Crucial C’s: Competence, Confidence, Connection, Character, Contribution, Coping, and Control from his research and writings, “Building Resilience in Children & Teens; Giving Kids Roots and Wings”.

We also utilize Jon Young’s 8 Shields of Deep Nature Connection and weave these concepts together to create a place based, whole-to-part learning model for our children to learn and grow with.

Place Based Learning immerses children in their local heritage, cultures, landscapes and opportunities constructing the foundation of their education, emphasizing learning through participation. Place based learning has been proven to boost student engagement and overall sense of personal efficacy as stewards of their local environment and community. It forges strong bonds between local social and environmental organizations improving quality of life and economic vitality.

Whole-to-Part Learning or Systems Thinking: Nature is a wonderful teacher that everything in this world is connected to other things. In the words of John Muir, “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.” Just like in ecoliteracy, we must shift our perspectives to realize we too are universally connected. Systems thinking is an essential part of schooling for sustainability. This approach helps young people understand the complexity of the world around them and encourages them to think in terms of relationships, connectedness and context.

We would love for you to be a part of our story.

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