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 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.
Flyers and forms for enrolling students for the 2019 summer program will be available in February 2019. Please click these links to download our summer brochure, rates, and enrollment forms:
Click here to view and download the 2019 Summer Enrollment form
Click here to view and download the summer 2019 brochure
We offer a summer intern program for students from ages 12 to 15. In order to apply to the Seed summer intern program students must: • be age 12-15 entering 7th grade or higher • be a former student, Seed sibling or have director’s permission • fill out application form requesting acceptance, submitted by April 30 • have an interest in working with children and be flexible regarding placement, based on program needs • pay $50 per week, unless requesting to be with the 2nd-6th group, which requires the full elementary tuition rate of $250 per week .
*Summer Internship Program -policy change: Due to health department regulations, we’ve had to make changes to our summer internship program. Our licensing is dependent on maintaining specific ratios, and interns must be included in the ratios. Any intern wishing to be with the 2nd-6th grade group, will be required to pay the full elementary tuition rate of $250 per week. Interns in the after school program will be charged the standard rate. Intern spaces are limited, so early application is recommended. Once all intern spots are filled, potential interns will be placed on a waiting list.
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 elementary 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.