Redwood Cooperative, Our Story, and Our Team
“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”
Our story basically started with parents, sitting around on living room floors, trying to figure out what to do as our children neared the end of their preschool years. Where do we go from here? We wanted our children to continue the type of education that they had grown accustomed to at Fayette Cooperating Preschool, hands-on, messy project-based experiential learning, where play, especially outdoor play (where mud is celebrated,) was valued as a learning tool. An education that allowed us as parents to also be involved with our children's schooling, lending our own skills inside and outside of the classroom. What we wanted did not exist in Lexington.
And so, Redwood Cooperative School was established in 2014 with the goal of encouraging children's creativity and curiosity through constructivist, project-based learning. Through this experiential education we aim to create a learning environment that nurtures the whole child. Promoting equally all disciplines of education from Language Arts and Writing, to Math, Science, Social Studies, Play and Physical Education, and Play, Nature, Music, and Visual Art.
One of the big blind spots in educating children is that teachers see themselves as “teachers” and parents see themselves as “parents.” It is only when they see the relationship between them that they can take mutual responsibility for the educational process.
... parents and teachers (need) to recognize the relationship between them and how that relationship can benefit students. parents and teachers work on developing similar abilities in children, like curiosity, creativity, and sociability. The teacher does this at school and the parent at home. If given the opportunity, their supportive relationship with each other can reinforce the development of these abilities in children.
When we change our perceptions, we change the way we work together. We foster interdependence, creativity, and learning.
Changing our perceptions about education changes everything.
Published on November 18, 2014 by Marilyn Price-Mitchell, Ph.D. in The Moment of Youth