Yesterday our Clear Spring School students grades 4-12 began a week at the Eureka Springs School of the Arts, with their activities chosen from drawing, jewelry, clay and blacksmithing. That has allowed me some recovery time from my trip to Portland, but today I will have students grades one to three in the wood shop at school.
The students and their teachers spending a week at ESSA seem to be in a state of creative bliss.
Clear Spring School, with small class sizes is the perfect place for experimentation in the area of enrichment.
Children need to be doing real things to capture their attention and intentions. this is also a good experiment for ESSA, the art school friends and I founded several years ago. By extending its range of services beyond the summer months, we build greater value from our investment in it.
It is my hope that similar classes can be made available to public school students, but their numbers can be overwhelming.
Make, fix, create, and extend hands-on learning to those who need it most, meaning of course, all students.