Of course, anywhere that children come together to learn is bound to feel special. Our particular sort of special has something to do with the tall city Lindens under which kindergarteners learn. It’s in the delight of a child teaching their grownups the difference between a bird’s nest and a drey, or a birch leaf and an aspen. It’s in the amount of dirt that comes home under fingernails and inside boots. It’s in the fresh air “sit-spots” and the painted rally signs for eco-justice marches and the good questions asked of political campaigners who come to share their platforms.
Equinox, as we call our school, is a public school, part of the Toronto District School Board, and as such, follows the Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum, but our approach to teaching it is our own, and grounded in holistic education and nature-based learning practices.
Subjects are taught across disciplines and teach the whole child — head, hands, and heart. Through this holistic academic approach with a focus on nature, interconnection, and community, students are encouraged to become thoughtful, curious, just, and caring people who are environmental stewards and lifelong learners.