My mountain man has 6 more weeks of his 4 year teaching degree to complete.
So we are both super excited that today he starts his final placement. We’re on the home straight to completing the degree (I say we lol) and he is privileged to do so at Blackall Range Independent School, where alternative learning, sustainability, art therapy, and even home schooling is supported. It’ll be interesting to see if this alternative learning experience will open or change our minds.
About a year and a half to go, after he had completed two placements and worked in a private school, he knew that teaching in its traditional sense was not a fit for him.
Partly because the system doesn’t meet the social needs of students, and westernised schools place so much value on academia, that other facets of life that we value such as sustainability, critical thinking, creativity, spirituality, entrepreneurism, relational, community, connection and practical learning do not often hold a place of value in the tradition school system.
I love to think there is more ways of doing this thing called raising children and schooling then what our current society promotes as mainstream and deemed as the norm.
Over Christmas, a week after we found out we were expecting our first little one, and already starting to discuss how we want to raise our child to dream big and live creatively, we were walking up a mountain at Girrawean National Park. There we ran into a German family who had 3 and 4 year old daughters climbing the mountain easily on their own. We engaged in conversation to find that they send their daughters to a Forest Kindergarten/School, where in their early years, they daily go walking in the forest up to 6 hours a day. They get to learn about plants, terrain and nature in general. One of their daughters starting telling us that the leaf over there was a eucalyptus leaf and what they are used for. Pretty impressive hey? Their mum said this is a common occurrence in their household.
Recently I’ve come across the concept of forest bathing. It’s amazing how important being in tune with nature has a psychological impact on your wellbeing. It’s super important to both Robin and I that our children get foundational learning in the importance of being in nature, caring for it, and in turn it caring for you by enhancing your wellbeing.
I hope to climb many mountains, through many valleys and explore the world with my little tots.