The school provides an after school program from 3:00–6:00 p.m. for 3-10 year olds, and 3:00-5:30 p.m. for toddlers. The after school program includes sports, arts and crafts, study hall, and outdoor recreational play. Toddler program is separate from older group. Once children are three and potty trained, they may join the older group. Extra fee is required.
Outdoor Education Program
Each classroom has an outdoor classroom area that is used for gardening, science experiments, ecology studies, special projects, community outreach, and individual work. Awakening Seed has a community garden and a schoolyard habitat for observing wildlife.
Children in the elementary classes make regular visits to a local nursing home facility, integrating this experience into their daily lives. This experience promotes a greater sense of community with others outside of the school and encourages children to learn to honor their elders.
Awakening Seed is dedicated to providing our students with quality nutrition and memorable food experiences. Each September we dedicate two weeks to an all-school nutrition study. We have created a special website devoted to developmentally appropriate food practices, resources for parents, a food blog, lunch ideas, and our evolving food curriculum. Check out our website at http://www.seedfood.awakeningseedschool.org.
Awakening Seed Green School Program
The Seed is dedicated to practices that promote planetary stewardship. Children learn about composting, recycling plastic bottles, and using earth-friendly lunch containers. Earth Day is an annual celebration at Awakening Seed devoted to raising awareness about planetary issues with activism in mind. General information about the Seed Green School Plan and the school’s participation in the healing and sustaining of Planet Earth is included here.
Seed Summer Art Camp
In June and July, Awakening Seed offers a summer program for children ranging from toddlers through 6th grade. This program is separate from the regular school year and is open to current and former Awakening Seeds, as well as children who attend other schools throughout the year. Go to these links for the summer 2016 brochure and 2016 student enrollment form .
We offer a summer intern program for students from ages 12-15. All interns must be former Seed students or have permission from the school director. Download the form for summer intern enrollment 2016.
The summer program offers a series of concentrated courses of study, varying in length from one to two weeks and includes academic enrichment, arts and crafts, drama and theater, science, cooking, and various content studies. Special classes such as Yoga, Music and Creative Movement (P.E.) are offered throughout the summer.
Registration for SUMMER 2016 begins on Tuesday, February 16. Children who attend all six weeks, five days a week will be given registration priority.
If you’d like to help us gather recycled materials for the summer art camp, check out this list: recycled materials needed
Love and Logic Workshops
Awakening Seed offers free Love and Logic parenting workshops to all Seed parents. Workshops are offered twice a year with times and dates varying. The workshops are open to non-Seed families at a minimal cost. For more information about the Awakening Seed Love and Logic trainings, call (602) 454-2606.
Art Masterpiece is an opportunity for students to take a deeper look at the works of famous artists throughout history. Five times a year parents sign up to present a brief lesson about different artists to a designated class. Posters and resources are available to teach about the artists and a follow-up art activity is offered. The results are impressive. This is an excellent way for parents to fulfill their volunteer hour requirements. For more information check out the flyer for Art Masterpiece.
Other Programs and Special Events
Various special programs and events occur throughout the year. A few are:
• tie dye/tile painting day
• Halloween carnival
• Celebration of the Winter Solstice
• all-school spring picnic
• guest storytellers, speakers, and musicians
• field trips to museums, performances, local exhibits
• demonstration classes for NAU education students
• buddy reading
• Earth Day
• end of school family party
Awakening Seed offers yoga instruction to students of all ages as part of the P. E. program. Children have their own mats and playfully learn to develop balance, concentration, and spatial awareness through their yoga practice. In addition to gaining self-confidence, physical strength and flexibility, they learn many valuable techniques for calming their minds and bodies, which enables them to be happier and healthier children.