“SEA” stands for “Springs Enrichment Academy”, a homeschool academy where parents serve as co-teachers at home. We offer academic programs covering core subjects taught by qualified, professional teachers for Pre-K through 7th grade. SEA also offers a an enrichment program that includes classes such as Outdoor Survival, Art, Team Games, Theatre, and Veterinary Science.
Character Education: Common values, such as respect, care, tolerance, acceptance, community service, and teamwork, among many others, are interwoven throughout the curriculum. Values are brought to life through stories, research projects, class discussions, group games, pro-active work, and daily tasks.
Experiential Learning and Sensory Integration: Students are immersed in their learning with all of their senses. If we are studying an ancient culture, students experience every aspect of that culture. Students make the food of that culture, design and wear the clothing, learn the language, practice the writing, recreate the art, play the music, act out the stories, and put on a Greek Festival. Because the students are experiencing the subject in many different ways, their retention of the material is much stronger.
Critical Thinking: To think critically about an issue is to consider that issue from various perspectives, to look at and challenge any possible assumptions that may underlie the issue and to explore the possible alternatives. We want to teach our students to think, not just to regurgitate information they see or hear. We teach critical thinking through classroom discussion and debate, media or literature analysis, and problem solving.
Multiple Intelligences: We believe that each child is unique and has a unique way of learning. Our teachers present material in many different ways using music, cooperative learning, art activities, role play, multimedia, field trips, inner reflection, and much more.
Small Class Size: Small class size allows for more one-on-one attention and more involvement in the process at hand. It is an important aspect of being able to learn at one’s own pace.
Learning Environment: We strive to provide predictability and structure, smooth transitions, choices for students, and safety in and out of the school buildings. Through conflict-resolution games and exercises, we encourage students to work together and have a zero tolerance bullying policy. Each student must feel safe enough to be vulnerable, to make mistakes, to venture opinions, and to experiment without fear. Our classroom setting is very important, whether it be the outdoor classroom in nature, where children can work on artwork while listening to the birds sing, or the indoor classroom that lends itself to a softer feeling and quieter tone.
Nature-Based: We strive to interweave nature, from reading literature under the large, shady oak trees to performing skits on our covered porch to composting our snacks and lunch leftovers. With our hands-on curriculum, we mean our hands are really in the dirt, not just passing objects around in a circle. Our students are handling earthworms and frogs, learning to build outdoor shelters, planting vegetables in the garden, collecting fresh eggs from the nesting boxes, and grooming and caring for our various farm and domestic animals.
Family Involvement: At SEA, parents play the primary role in their children’s education. SEA strives to complement and enrich the child’s at-home learning. We promote community service, and want whole families to be involved with the school, whether it’s cleaning up the grounds, taking care of the chickens, maintaining our gardens, or going on field trips. Parents, who have professional skills or hobbies, are invited to share these in classes and workshops with students, whether once a month or once a year. Much communication takes place with parents, because parents are co-teachers and we all want to make sure each child is getting the best possible strategies for learning and for promoting his or her own natural genius. We host potluck dinners, seasonal festivals, and other events for the opportunity for parents to get together and collaborate. We also host educational parent workshops.
Home Projects: Learning never ceases, and is not limited to semester or hours spent in a classroom. Subjects and material are reinforced and extended at home through audio, stories, songs, projects, book reports, research, and other activities. Parents are guided by each teacher on what they can do at home to promote their child’s education.
- Teachers as facilitators rather than all-knowing
- Questions are more important than the answers
- Mistakes are welcomed and important to learning
- Self-esteem and confidence come first
- We are all inter-connected with each other, the Earth, and society
SEA is open to all students regardless of religious affiliation.