The Green Schoolhouse follows a philosophy of reciprocal respect for people, places, and all creatures great and small. The space that we are given to inhabit is not ours for the taking, rather we are here to participate actively in creating a heart on this Earth to last for generations beyond our own. This feeling is created in the Green Schoolhouse program through a message of giving. When we instill messages of giving in our youth the message will be carried with them throughout all of their journey and they in turn will become teachers.
Love and Logic, a philosophy founded in 1977 by Jim Fay and Foster W. Cline, M.D. is one of mutual caring and respect and allows children to explore themselves and their environments in a safe way. The garden naturally provides a space of curiosity and wonder that fosters a Love and Logic philosophy; children are provided with an atmosphere of experimentation, of natural follow through, and the ability to question it all without judgment. Check out loveandlogic.com for more information.
While encouraging each child’s natural growth, the Green Schoolhouse develops a connection between person and the natural growth of the world around us. Traditional Ecological Knowledge “is the knowledge held by indigenous cultures about their immediate environment and the cultural practices that build on that knowledge. Traditional ecological knowledge includes an intimate and detailed knowledge of plants, animals, and natural phenomena, the development and use of appropriate technologies for hunting, fishing, trapping, agriculture, and forestry, and a holistic knowledge, or “world view” which parallels the scientific discipline of ecology” (Berkes 1993). Here in Portland, Oregon we are so lucky to have a wealth of Traditional Ecological Knowledge available to us, check out http://www.fws.gov/nativeamerican/TEK.html for more information.
Each child is an individual and through all of the above means the Green Schoolhouse strives to encourage childrens’ connections to the world around them so that they too can become gardeners of the world.