There are two after school programs available at Awakening Seed School. We offer an after school program for toddlers from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. We also have a program from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for students from three to 10 years old. The after school program includes sports, arts and crafts, study hall and outdoor recreational play. Once the toddlers turn three years old and are potty-trained, they may join the older students. There are additional fees for the after school programs.
Outdoor Education Program
We take pride in our dedication to improving the world in which we live. A major part of this is our outdoor education program at The Seed. 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.
It’s also critical for our students to learn the importance of community and multiple generations. 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. Every 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 the website.
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. The following is general information about the Seed Green School Plan and the school’s participation in the healing and sustaining of Planet Earth.
Seed Green School Plan
In an effort to participate in the healing and sustaining of Planet Earth, Awakening Seed School is committed to the following plan of action:
The Seed staff will work closely with parents to ensure that they have the necessary information and resources to actively support the Awakening Seed Green School Plan. Additionally, Seed staff will encourage dialogue with parents who have ideas for furthering the Seed Green School Plan.
The Seed staff and students will work together on a daily basis to develop earth-friendly practices. Staff and students will conserve energy, reduce lunch trash, develop a composting program, recycle or reuse items whenever possible, plant gardens, and minimize the amount of disposable products used on a daily basis while maintaining compliance with local national health standards and regulations.
The Seed staff and students will work together to learn how to be better stewards of the planet, expanding caring practices to their homes and beyond the school environment.
Seed Summer Art Camp
During our summer months 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.
We offer a summer intern program for students from ages 12 to 15. All interns must be former Seed students or have permission from the school director. Download the form for summer intern enrollment form 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, 2016. 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 art summer camp, please see this list of 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, please check out the flyer for Art Masterpiece.
Other Programs and Special Events
Various special programs and events occur throughout the year. Some of our special events include:
- 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 Celebration
- 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.