Founder: Paula Boback Soon after I became a mother, I thought more critically about my child's education. I wanted to provide my children with a valuable education based in environmental and sustainable principles. When I sat down to describe what exactly I envisioned I wrote this:
"I want my children to attend a year-round school that fosters a real sense of community. Respect is the most important value of this school. Kind words can be heard between teachers and students and between peers. Students are encouraged to express their emotions through art, music, or appropriate body language and words. Students are taught to resolve conflicts by using “I feel” statements. Each child is respected as an individual with feelings, thoughts and emotions. I do not want my children to be rushed to eat lunch in 15 minutes and then have limited time outside for recess. Preparation, eating and clean-up are all part of the lunchtime routine. Nutritious food is provided for the children to enjoy. During the summer, the children eat food they have harvested from the gardens. Playing outdoors is not just recess after lunch. Children are outside as much as possible playing and learning from the environment. I want my children to look forward to school and be excited about learning! The curriculum is relevant and useful. Students' voices are heard as to what they want to learn and then integrated into the curriculum. The teachers communicate with parents through newsletters about everyday learning and what units are upcoming. I use this knowledge to plan family vacations to enhance my child’s learning."
I am very proud to say that Prairie Green School opened in 2011 with all the same ideals. We expanded to include an early childhood program during the 2013-2014 school year. As we grow, I am keeping my original vision in mind and holding true to our mission. I invite your family to come join our community as we build Prairie Green School.