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Intentions
Agile
Ministry

A Self-Directed Learning Community for children and teens, ages 6 to 15.

Welcome

Welcome to Intentions Agile Ministry, a self-directed learning community for children ages 6 to 15.  Our drop-off program meets in Upton, MA on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Our mission is to support children and teens in living a spirit-centered life, accessing their deepest wisdom, and discovering who they are in their fullest expression of themselves. We support their social, emotional, and spiritual health as they learn and grow together with their mixed age peers. Through play, curiosity, self-responsibility, spontaneity, experimentation, self-awareness and self-expression, children can align with their truth, connect with their innate gifts, and share those gifts with the world! 

Freedom & Flexibility

With the Agile model, everyone is both a teacher and a learner.  All community members are valued for who they are and everyone has a voice in creating our community.  Having a mixed age group is a key component as collaboration between the children, teens, facilitators, volunteers, and the greater community is the basis of our learning community.

"Self-Directed Education is education that derives from the self-chosen activities and life experiences of the person becoming educated, whether or not those activities were chosen deliberately for the purpose of education."  

Learning is natural and happening all the time.  Community members will naturally follow their own interests.  Offerings are interest-based and provided by those within our group and in the larger community. The goal of the facilitators is to create an environment that maximizes the ability for our students to learn and grow. 

Experiencing true freedom around ones learning is empowering. Learning to be self motivated, self-responsible, and self-reflective prepares children for learning and collaboration anywhere and any time in life. Having trust and faith in this process and in your child is important. Children thrive when they have freedom around their own learning journey.  

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Daily Flow

9:00am - 3:00pm Tuesdays/Thursdays

 

We begin our day with a community meeting, where we play a connection game, set up our offerings and requests' board, and discuss our intentions for the day.  We then experience the day together as a community, each day looking different than the prior days. There may be some opportunities and topics further explored and knowledge deepened, but we live in the present moment, and how our days unfold no one truly knows until we are experiencing it. You might see individual, small group, and whole group activities happening.  There might be game play, building of projects, art creations, reading buddies, science experiments, hikes, cooking, outdoor play, walks around town, amongst numerous other things. We end our day with a community meeting to share our highs, lows, and gratitudes.

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Our Location

Intentions Agile Ministry is located in Upton, MA.  Our indoor space includes a large 1200 square foot room, a full kitchen, and a game room. Out behind the building there are fields and woods to run and we have our own vegetable garden. Next door, the town is building a community center, which is the new location for the Upton town library and a senior center. When the construction is complete, the town will install a natural playground behind the community center.  All construction should be complete by winter 2022. It's a really wonderful location! If you would like to visit in person or set up a trial experience for your child or teen, please fill in the contact information below.

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The Agile Cycle of Learning

* What do you want to experience today?

In an Agile Learning Community, we communicate how we want to spend our time, individually and as a group.

* How can you make it happen?

Agile Learners spend their days exploring, investigating, playing, creating, collaborating, imagining, inventing – once we know what we want, we make it happen!

"I feel bored."  When I hear these words from children, I respond with, "Great, I wonder what you might experience next."  Children are too often directed to the next activity, and the next, all day long, and boredom is not something they have experience with.  When we choose our own path for a full 6 hours, there will be lulls, and in these lulls comes creation. Whether that's inviting others to an outdoor game, painting, choosing a recipe to bake- sky is the limit when your day is wide open!

* What did you learn from your choices?

Reflecting back on our days together, we develop awareness of what worked and what did not, so we can move forward more powerfully.

* How can you share it with the world?

We document our experiences to share with others.

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The Roots of the
Agile Learning Model

The soil we draw from is trust in children, in each other, in you.  The four assumptions - roots - which ground us are as follows:
 
Learning: Learning is natural. It is happening all the time.
 
Self-Direction People learn best by making their own decisions, and children are people.

Experience: People learn more from their culture and environment than from the content they are taught.  The medium is the message.

Growth:  Self-awareness and collective intelligence is catalyzed through cycles of intention, creation, reflection, and sharing.

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Intentions ALC is open Tuesday and Thursday from 9am to 3pm.  There are 2 pricing options, The price per child is $25/day, that is only $4.17/hour! Most homeschool centers charge $10/hr. Keeping the cost down, and including families from all different financial situations was a priority of mine.  In order to keep the cost down, each family would need to make a committment to volunteer at least once in an 8-week period.  If you have more than 1 child enrolled you may need to volunteer more frequently.  At max enrollment, to accomplish this, a family member would need to volunteer one day in an 8-week period.