Teaching Towards Sustainability
Worldmind incorporates an even balance of head (academic achievement), heart (character-building and well-being), and hand (problem-solving, creating, and idea development). This is accomplished through a carefully crafted curriculum that incorporates Real-World Learning. Real-World Learning lends itself to place-based and project-based approaches to pedagogy.
Real-World Learning also incorporates civic education. Through this innovative type of education, teachers can encourage students to see not only their home and school but also the city and surrounding areas in which they are located, as a real world classroom. Teachers will assign projects that help students to map and engage with real world issues and initiatives in the community. This will be accomplished through multiple field trips throughout the school year. Field trips bring people together in ways that go beyond traditional classroom experiences.
Forest School is a unique learning philosophy that offers people of all ages the opportunity to learn personal, social, technical, academic and environmental skills in a natural environment. This part of our curriculum combines environmental education with forest school skills which include; fire skills (building, lighting, maintaining, cooking, putting out, and leave no trace), forest tools (using a variety of different tools to create with wood), nature art and design, and shelter building.
STEM + Art/Design
Art and design are transformational problem-solving processes that help cultivate innovation and leadership. Our art and design curriculum draws from engineering and design concepts, combined with methods used in the arts, social sciences, and business. Art and design incorporated with a STEM curriculum set in the outdoors will elevate students’ thinking to new levels, and help them reach new academic and personal heights so that they emerge with a solid foundation for a happy, healthy, successful life. Our art + design curriculum will be in partnership with The Craftsman & Apprentice, a local heritage-inspired craft workshop & retail space in Denver’s City Park West.
“The United States has developed as a global leader, in large part, through the genius and hard work of its scientists, engineers, and innovators. In a world that’s becoming increasingly complex, where success is driven not only by what you know but by what you can do with what you know, it’s more important than ever for our youth to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to solve tough problems, gather and evaluate evidence, and make sense of information. These are the types of skills that students learn by studying science, technology, engineering, and math—subjects collectively known as STEM.”
– The U.S. Department of Education
Design thinking is a transformational problem-solving process that helps cultivate innovation and leadership. This process draws from engineering and design concepts, combined with methods used in the arts, social sciences, and business. Design thinking incorporated with a STEM curriculum set in the outdoors will elevate students’ thinking to new levels, and help them reach new academic and personal heights so that they emerge with a solid foundation for a happy, healthy, successful life.
Worldmind uses the Orton-Gillingham literacy curriculum which helps teach reading more effectively. Orton-Gillingham allows children to break down how and why letters and words sound the way they do. Using multiple senses, children can better understand the rules of the English language. This is effective in the classroom because it allows educators to teach children in the way that each individual child learns best.
Music and Theater
In addition to our core Real-World STEM+Art/Design curriculum, Worldmind will offer special classes in music and the performing arts. Music and the performing arts are a powerful learning tool that enhances skills and learning in other subjects and heightens 21st-century skills. A student learning music and the performing arts uses multiple skillsets simultaneously. Music and drama education supports learning in all areas and is a vital part of an education system. All students starting in Kindergarten will participate in a music and drama elective once a week. Music and drama will also be incorporated into all other areas of learning.
Falling in line with our Real-World Learning that connects with the community, we will start by using a local library. All students starting in Kindergarten will participate in a library elective twice a month which will focus on how to conduct research, the proper use of technology, and creative projects that fall in line with our curriculum theme.
As the world becomes increasingly globalized, learning a second language is a vital real world skill that all students will need to be successful in the 21st century. Students starting in Kindergarten will have Spanish twice a week.
Studies show that learning a second language improves the brain’s executive function and helps improve people’s thinking skills and memory abilities.
Worldmind believes that learning about your mind and body and the connection between them is an important part of school. Students at each grade level will participate in a mind/body connection class once a week. This program will also incorporate outdoor recreation, yoga and mindfulness, rock climbing, bike riding, fitness, and nutrition.