A Self-Directed Learning Community for children and teens, ages 6 to 15.
"You have created a magical environment where the children feel safe, heard and alive." - Corinn, mom
Welcome to Intentions Agile Ministry, a self-directed learning community for children ages 6 to 15. Our drop-off program meets in Whitinsville, 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!
*Update: we have moved to Grafton!
We are located in Whitinsville, MA on a large, beautiful piece of flat land to run and play. We have woods to explore and build on. Our indoor space includes 2 large halls, a kitchen, and a bonus room.
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.
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.
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.