Wanderlust for Learning @ the Woods
Spring has sprung on our beautiful campus and so has our ongoing commitment to learning here, there, and everywhere. Wood Acres believes in learning, learning deeply, and learning in and out of the campus. While the classroom is a pivotal place for student learning, it is also a pivotal place for our engaged students to share what they learn outside the classroom- at home, in their communities, through travel, extended family, and from each other. Embracing these less structured “Ah Ha” moments creates learning that is Velcro… it sticks to the mind and heart of each student.
Wood Acres embraces the premise that education is not just preparation for life – education is life. While our youngest students travel by foot throughout our acres of campus that alert their senses to changing seasons and natural growth, our graduating eighth graders embark on their capstone learning adventure to Spain. While staying with welcoming Spanish families, they attend university classes in language and culture as well as learn through their maturing senses the cadence, rhythm, and wonders of another country. Truly this is learning that “sticks” for a lifetime!
In between, our students are afforded experiential learning opportunities through local field trips, trips within Georgia, as well as overnight adventures on carefully crafted trips to Jekyll Island, Camp Widjiwagan in Tennessee, Marine Lab in the Florida Keys, and an in-depth study of the triumvirate of democracy in Washington DC.
How fitting that on the plaza in front of Turner Hall on the Wood Acres campus is a colorful compass rose reminding our whole school community that learning here, there and everywhere gives direction to our lives, our dreams, and our futures. Have suitcase… will travel… and LEARN!