A Learning Community in Topanga, CA
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Petals Learning Community is a group of youth, their parents, and educators who choose to “homeschool” as a collective. Inspired by the learning philosophies of Reggio Emilia, Waldorf, Montessori, Tinkering, Democratic, Big Picture, and Forest Schools, Petals is an acronym for the learning priorities of the families. We operate as an Agile Learning Center which practices self-directed education. Academics are offered and encouraged but never imposed or presented coercively. (Please see relevant links for more information.)
P for Play since children are happiest and learn best while playing.
E for Earth because we are committed to learning about, being connected to, and protecting our habitat.
T for Tinkering. Children love to build, create, and experiment while working with tools, wood, metal, electronics, and their hands to learn how things work or are made.
A for Arts as we encourage the youth to express themselves artistically, though music, visual arts, crafts, and performing arts.
L for Language. We want children to be able to communicate in writing, enjoy reading, and speak a second language.
S for Strength since we prioritize strength of mind and body, encouraging healthy eating, physical fitness, and mindfulness practices.