So much to learn from nature!
In Grades 6-8, are increasingly aware of their talents and interests and show a higher level of critical thinking. This is a time of personal, academic, and worldly discovery.
These children begin to know themselves; confidence reaches new heights and they don’t forget how much there is to learn.
Our Outdoor School, created to facilitate students’ learning and personal growth and development, is key to our success.
By venturing outside, children are able to witness first-hand how the local environment is constantly changing and impacting their surroundings in significant ways.
Using a scientific and hands-on approach, students learn how the human connection to nature has changed throughout history.
For about 10 hours each week, the faculty and students enjoy:
They study traditional content in Science, Global Studies, Math, and Literacy. The learning continues when they return from their outdoor lab to the classroom.
Research shows that learning outside of the classroom, through skilled teaching and facilitation, provides a more direct and motivating experience. Outdoor learning becomes a stimulating source for active thinking and problem-solving, as well as cooperative interaction.
Whether experimenting through sight, sound, smell or touch, learning in a natural environment allows students to gather data in real-time and capture real results. This enables them to respond to challenges and responsibilities in ways not possible in the classroom.
By broadening horizons and stimulating new interests, students discover their potential. Inspiring students to cross traditional boundaries, and learn from personal experiences, is what our middle school classroom and our Outdoor School lab are all about.
Our Outdoor School math curriculum is built upon standards that define life readiness. The curriculum, Connected Math, is designed to be rigorous, innovative, and to challenge students to think critically and to effectively to solve problems.
This year-long class is designed to enable upper-level middle school students and high school students to learn the fundamentals of Geometry through a combination of hands-on activities, group discussions, and lectures. Students will build by proving a set of precepts that can then be relied on to prove more advanced concepts,
From the age of the American Empire, through the class struggle, and up to the war on terror, this class will begin where last year’s Human Nature class left off supported by A Young People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn, as a general outline of American History.
Behind the science and utility of nature, there is poetry and creative prose. As we tune into our five senses, we will record our feelings and experiences in words. We will introduce shorter forms of writing, such as the novella, poem, and short story. Students will continue to write their own creative works, using naturalistic elements while considering each other’s work and the work of famous writers for inspiration.
Students in this class will begin training to become natural navigators. Tristan Gooley’s work with natural navigation is a mix between ancient history, science, geography and environmental education. The Natural Navigator: The rediscovered art of letting nature be your guide, is a great jumping point for our new natural location.
The purpose of this class is to allow students to study and understand the use of technology across several disciplines, specifically Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. The focus of the class is to allow students to work in both small groups and individually to understand how technology is used in these disciplines both now and in the future.
Outdoor fun, laughter and learning!
Electives arise from children’s personal interests and curiosities. We have offered painting, music, dance, science, woodworking and construction, jewelry making, sculpture, drawing, architectural design, drama, robotics and so much more. Children are guided by our faculty and by experts who are passionate and generous in sharing expertise. Visiting instructors are local professionals, parents, grandparents, community members, and even fellow students.
Students enrolled in the Electronics class will spend the session designing and building either individual electronic projects or working on larger projects. They will learn soldering, basic electronics, and the use of Arduino based microcontrollers.
The weather is getting warmer and it’s time to go outside and play some games. In this class we will play different outdoor games that children and teenagers have played for ages. Kickball, Wiffle Ball, Kick the Can, Hide and Seek, Tag, Four Square, Hopscotch, and Crack the Whip are just a few examples of games we might play. On Tuesdays we plan to travel to the Harbor School and play on their campus while on Thursdays we will play at school. Participation is a must. Having fun is also required!
Explore the world of stage makeup. Students in this class will begin by learning about the different materials used in creating special effects on stage and in film. They will then learn techniques and apply stage makeup to create various personas.
This elective seeks to prompt students to discover the fun and relevance of designing with Legos. The course will be student directed; the students will investigate real cities, fictional places and structures constructed with Legos.
Practice the skills and techniques of jewelry-making. Students will use different materials to design and create their own jewelry pieces. Projects will range from simple to complex: from simple string beading, pendant making, rope braiding to the use of wire or leather.
This course invites students to understand basic building skills for the suburban gardener. They will learn simple and practical tips for choosing the appropriate tools, materials, and designs for several garden projects
The F. Bliss Price Arboretum is one of Eatontown’s hidden gems. In this class, we will use this natural resource and preserve to our advantage in multiple ways. We will get outside and enjoy immersing ourselves in nature while being active and building physical fitness.
Basketball is a wonderful sport. It’s a sport of precision, a sport of control and a sport that requires a athletic and physical endurance. Let’s take the skills we learned in our last sports class and focus them in on one specific sport; basketball. We will travel to basketball gyms and learn the basic rules and regulations of playing basketball on a regulations size court.
Students in this elective will be exploring various techniques of street art. Through hands on art experiences and research students will create their own version of famous street art found in our area. Students will be able to create their own logo and name to incorporate into each of their art pieces.
Each student, teacher, and parent paints a canvas. They hang in every hallway of the school.
Our Essentials Classes enables us to invite local professionals, parents, grandparents, community members, and even fellow students to teach or co-teach classes. We offer a wide variety of topics that reflect the interests of our students and offer skills and challenges that we feel are important. Areas of study have included arts, music, games and sports, creative writing, community service, gardening, technology, engineering and much more.
The purpose of this weekly essential is to allow students to discover the art of stop motion. Students with prior animation experience have an opportunity to experiment with different techniques to create a finished movie. The plan of the class is for the students to learn different animation techniques and materials such as claymation, stop motion with Legos, animation using drawing, and pixilation using live people. The next step will be to create a storyboard to plan the movie and associated shot list. Following this step, the students can use iPads or cameras to capture the individual images necessary to make a movie. The final step will be adding sound and effects using the iMovie software
Yoga is an ancient practice that can bring the physical, mental and spiritual aspects within each of us into balance. In this class, students will be invited to safely explore the physical postures of yoga to bring about a deeper awareness of themselves, and methods to bring that awareness into their daily lives
For the found object sculpture component of the Working for the Earth we will explore the ideas we have and the ways we can work with recycled materials to have our visions come to life.
Do you have a drawer full old t-shirts or jeans you’ve outgrown and would like to learn how to either freshen them up or turn them into something completely different?
The Voyagers’ Community Service Club seeks to introduce students to the importance and the rewards of participating in community projects to help others and the environment
In this course students will build their knowledge of the sewing machine by exploring its anatomy, learning how to operate the machine safely, and how to create basic stitches. They will then put these skills to practice as they complete small projects of choice.
This class will move from the basics of beginner guitar to intermediate level. Students will learn first position chords, music theory, single note rhythms and rock riffs, all through the teachings of today’s music and songs. They will also take a look at some history in music, and where the songs they are learning come from
In this 7-week course, students will watch and analyze two foreign films: “The 400 Blows” (in French) by Director Francois Truffaut, and “Slumdog Millionnaire” an Anglo-Indian film by Director Danny Boyle (in English).
Disc Golf is a sport that is very similar to regular golf with a twist. Rather than hitting a ball with a club into a hole, players in disc golf see how many throws it takes to make a frisbee disc land in a target.
Now that Spring is upon us it is time to be active in the outdoors once again. Let’s run with it! Exercise is the basis for physical and emotional wellness. During this class will learn the rudiments of running as a sport and as a way of keeping fit
Cheerleading consists of an enthusiastic, dynamic, fun, hardworking group of young men and women who commit time to the overall success of their team. Dancing is moving rhythmically to music, moving quickly, and in a lively manner. During this class, students will come to know themselves better kinesthetically and be challenged to work together as a team.
Are you a dramatic person? Do you like to yell out the first thing that comes to mind? If so, you may be a natural at improvisational theater, which is designed to help actors and entertainers step out of their comfort zone and speak publicly without fear of embarrassment.
Outdoor School Assistant After Care Coordinator
Deborah has 25 years of experience as a visual art teacher from the Lakewood School District. She developed and wrote curriculum for grades K thru 6, secured grants for a Read/Write Program for the elementary school, and is the Art Specialist at Voyagers’ Summer Camp. Deborah’s passion for nature and volunteerism is an exemplary influence for all of our students, but particularly for our middle school students. Her work with the Appalachian Mountain Club, Jersey Shore Running Club, and the Peaceweavers Intentional community, promotes well-being in many communities. She also volunteered with Sandy Relief efforts by organizing donations and performing demolition and relocation work.
"If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.” Chinese Proverb
Outdoor School Specialist
Teacher/Researcher ~ 6-8 ~ French
Lesley joined the Voyagers’ team in the Fall of 2016, bringing with her a variety of teaching techniques collected through her experience instructing French at Rutgers University and English at three urban middle schools in Paris, France. Her focus on immersive Constructivist activities in the classroom help students acquire a wider and more innate understanding of foreign language; allowing the students to learn in the same manner as they did their native tongue. She holds a Masters in French Literature and a BA in both French and English from Rutgers University with a focus on the Biological Sciences: highlighting her personal passion for ecological health.
Lesley spent summers in college working as a Surfguard at Sandy Hook, Gateway National Recreation Area and every other available moment outdoors. An avid hiker, mountain biker, road cyclist and camper who is a Monmouth County native, Lesley does not limit her outdoor adventures to this region. She has an intimate knowledge of many State Parks here in New Jersey and has toured, camped and hiked through many of the great National Parks out West including Yosemite, Yellowstone, Arches, the Grand Canyon and Zion. In 2014, following a graduate term abroad, she cycled from Leuven, Belgium to Nice, France; camping in the Belgian and French countryside along the way and finally traversing the Alps before arriving at her destination. She is a strong advocate for cyclists and currently directs the Women’s Cycling Club and Girl-Powered Program at Second Life Bikes in Asbury Park, designed to empower more women and girls through holistic well-being to ride in such a male-dominated arena.
Lesley’s education in the literature, philosophy, and poetry of two languages, the instruction of foreign language itself, and profound experiences in nature both here and abroad have imparted a breadth to her thinking which allows for a greater understanding of the many languages of the individual learner. Taking cues from the Reggio Emilia philosophy, Lesley seeks to create space for her students to express the synthesis of new knowledge in whichever medium they require.
“L'enfance a des manières de voir, de penser, de sentir qui lui sont propres, rien n'est moins sensé que d'y vouloir substituer les nôtres.” “Childhood has its own way of seeing, thinking, and feeling, and nothing is more foolish than to try to substitute ours for theirs.”Jean-Jacques Rousseau
“L'enfance a des manières de voir, de penser, de sentir qui lui sont propres, rien n'est moins sensé que d'y vouloir substituer les nôtres.” “Childhood has its own way of seeing, thinking, and feeling, and nothing is more foolish than to try to substitute ours for theirs.”
Voyagers’ Community School 215 Broad Street Eatontown, NJ 07724
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