Wholesome Generation

Wholesome Generation

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• our little creek space • 🐝
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Nature = Beauty. We don’t always get to slip into this sacred space but when we do it’s magical. [Photos by Jules]🐝
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• happy cinco de mayo •
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We always find ways to teach about cultures by diving into a variety of curriculum tools. This lesson was all about traditional foods. 🌮
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• our challenge isn’t so much to teach children about the natural world, but to find ways to sustain the instinctive connections they already carry • 🍃
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Catch + Release loves 💫
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• children see magic because they look for it • 🦎
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What is outdoor education? Will my child be learning? We hear this from parents who are new to Reggio and progressive learning all the time, and our answer is yes, there is learning with every step of our model. 🐝
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More and more research shows that healthier and happier children do better in school, and that education is an important determinant of future health. But education is not just about lessons within the four walls of a classroom. The outdoor environment encourages skills such as problem solving and negotiating risk which are important for child development.
But opportunities for children to access the natural environment are diminishing. Children are spending less time outside due to concerns over safety, traffic, crime, and parental worries. Modern environments have reduced amounts of open green spaces too, while technology has increased children’s sedentary time. An average of 7.5 hours a day is spent on tablets, and many schools assign electronics upon entering the building, while students spend only 4.5 minutes a day outside.
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It is for these reasons and more that many think schools have arguably the greatest potential – and responsibility – to give children access to natural environments.
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This is not just about improving break times and PE lessons, however. Across the UK, and ÉU, teachers are getting children outdoors by delivering curriculum-based lessons in school grounds or local areas. Math in the Garden. Literacy during Culinary. SO much opportunity to create for the true purpose of every child. A variety of subjects, such as maths, art and science, are all being taken outside by more and more programs - internationally, and this is exactly what we do, along with keeping childrens lives as minimally impacted by the stressors outside of our community. 💜
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• gelli prints •
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Cute prints were created by my Wolves this week ~ art is our jam 🎨
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• from little seeds, grow mighty trees • 🥕
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Teaching children about plants + farming/garden is such a valuable life lesson ~ it gives them time to be active and experience nature.
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Children who garden develop great self sufficiency, a knowledge about where their food comes from, and patience. They also learn so much about science. They can measure how far apart to plant seeds, learn about the life cycle of plants, find out about how bacteria decomposes compost material, and so much more.
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Most importantly, they eat what they grow 💪🥬🥬🥬
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• earth day flowers • 🌍
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Always creating. My owls are very into earth day magic and we made tie dye t-shirts + earth day flowers this week for our community learning tree. 🌳
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Can’t wait for our magical EARTH DAY - CELEBRATION today. Also, we are celebrating our 6th cycle at this very magical space and we are truly honored to have such an amazing community + team. Thank you for all the love, always 💜
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• celebrating our children • 🐣
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We had our egg hunt today at the Schoolhouse and it just showed us that we have the very merry best community + teachers. 💜
Special Thx to our Jules’ who played Easter bunny and stuffed + hid most of these beautiful gifts. 🐝
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I’m deeply grateful to see these children so joyful and also so thankful. Gratitude and appreciation is big at our schoolhouse and today was extra special because of all the helping hands. 🦋
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• art is nature • 💫
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My Owls worked hard on these Wands today: driftwood. yarn. crystals. feathers. add M A G I C 🦉
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• ART is LOVE • 🎨
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We worked on a special Art project this morning, during arrival time. Art IS our jam. Classical music ~ Paint ~ Love. Just a peek into our week. Happy Monday 💜
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• we are all one • 👓
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One of our beautiful Caterpillar learners received glasses today and to celebrate him, our amazing Miss G had everyone wear glasses + a scientist outfit today. WG is love. 💜
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• restore balance •🦋
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“Most kids have technology, school and extracurricular activities covered. It’s time to add a pinch of adventure, a sprinkle of sunshine and a big handful of outdoor play.” ~ Penny Whitehouse
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We long know that getting children outdoors improves their concentration and confidence. SO much research coming from ÉU backs outdoor + nature focused programs that teach connectivity, problem solving, and helps youth to develop social structure and cognitive skills.
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Parents rarely question the role of play in their infants’ and toddlers’ learning. But as young children enter preschool, K- and elementary classrooms, a shift takes place. Parents seem to start doubting the learning aspects of play. They look instead to “academics”—direct instruction, workbooks, and children sitting still in the classroom, believing that sitting still = growth.
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We can help families understand why play is critical for learning and development—and how play sets children up for future school and life success.
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At the heart of our community school are Reggio inspired lead teachers who understand this concept and intentionally design play activities with specific learning goals in mind.
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To learn from and with these terrific educators, is a true joy and we are so grateful to our community + parents for understanding this key ingredient when they trust us to educate their children. 💜
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Wholesome Generation, a 501(c)(3) women-founded Austin community school, develops and cultivates lea Austin Non-Profit Community School focusing on food + farm learning, ecology conservation, pollinator gardens and community programs.

WG serves youth ages 18 months through Grade 5 year-round, as well as the surrounding communities. After-school + Summer Camps + Senior Workshops. Internships available in all program areas. FOCUS: Health, Nutrition, Social-Emotional Intelligence, Cultural Arts, Languages (English/Spanish), Food + Farm learning. We are located on a 5.5-acre community space with a creek on site, and a mobile culina

Operating as usual

Photos from Wholesome Generation's post 10/12/2022

• appreciation • ❤️
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EVERY day is teacher appreciation at ~ I’m grateful to walk alongside this incredible team and admire all of your gifts and compassion. Thank you for these magical moments but most importantly, t h a n k you for being you. 💜
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Photos from Wholesome Generation's post 10/04/2022

• happy national taco day • 🌮
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Always a delight to spend time creating for community 🌮 Vegan, Vegetarian, GF, Grain-free, all the way. Come celebrate with us at our Monthly Markets [next one on Oct 28, where we’ll show off our WG artists, get spooked exploring in our spooky room, or nourish with a German spread 🥨
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Photos from Wholesome Generation's post 10/04/2022

• bike club • 💜
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Our learners are excited about our weekly bike club offerings and eagerly participate. 🦋
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In recent years we launched a scooter club, skate club, and bike club..and this one is here to stay long term ~ weekly lessons include learning about traffic [yep, it gets crowded on our little driveway], ensuring we stay safe while riding, and learning about the bikes [or scooters].
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Every school year, we also host a little fundraiser, to support our students who don’t have bike yet, so that they can receive their own and grow their skills. 😎🚴‍♀️🚴
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To learn more about how you can support our bike club fund for youth, please DM us 💜 We’re currently fundraising to gift 3 bikes to children in need. 💫
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Photos from Wholesome Generation's post 10/03/2022

• food = love • 💜
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Some days I get to sneak back into the kitchen and create magic [when our beautiful Chef Kathleen needs to recharge and takes an amazing hiking trip]; and these are the days I work and live for. Food is Art is Love.🥬
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Todays lunch grub is sprouted brown rice, glazed sweet potatoes, curried lentils, steamed broccoli, alongside a mixed green salad, raw sauerkraut and fresh fruit. We prepare all our meals [and snacks] gluten-free, and free of anything synthetic/processed.🥬
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We are offering lunches to ALL our students free of charge and are always fundraising to keep our produce as local as we can, always organic, and always prepared fresh, the day of. 🥬
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What does your child’s lunch plate look like? 💫
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Photos from Wholesome Generation's post 09/30/2022

• where will our children play • 🌿
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Inner city youth spaces used for year-round education are gone, if you count natural spaces that allow our children to connect to nature, and animals, all while creating for the sustainability of food + their wellbeing. 🌿
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Every day we foster this connection, offering the and to youth who might otherwise sit in front of tablets, day in and and day out, indoors.🌿
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‘The last child in the Woods’, is a great read, if you’re wishing to look a little deeper into what’s missing in todays mainstream education, and how nature education can support youth to set them up in ways traditional classrooms never will. 🌿
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For as long as I can, I’ll hold this little sacred space, and protect these waterways and animals for our next generation of children, by building the bigger vision for youth and teaching nature connect, land preservation, and conservation of city spaces that otherwise would fall deep down the developers eye, making way for concrete buildings. 🌿
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While I’m not at all against the flow of growth, a healthy balance has to be key, and so I invite everyone to support us in protecting this last true natural space in N Austin, destined to stay a sacred place for children to learn and play, safely away from cement buildings + heavily polluted roadways. 🌿
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Come visit us and explore how nature can foster everything, from compassion, to wellness, to true education for our next humanitarian leaders. 🌿
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Photos from Wholesome Generation's post 09/30/2022

• math provocations • 🐸
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Reggio inspired mathematics should not be confused with your traditional math centres or stations. They are very, very different. 🐸
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Traditional learning centers are usually task-focused and teacher directed. Reggio inspired math provocations are designed to invite students to engage with the materials and to provoke their mathematical thinking. 🐸
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Reggio inspired provocations for learning at WG are offered to children to draw them in and engage them with the mathematical materials and ideas, offering a variety of craft materials, books, natural materials, or as the Owls chose here: manipulatives that are often found in our Art studio. We also always group learners [you’d be surprised just how beneficial multi-age classrooms are], and don’t use electronics as medium to engage. 🐸
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Math provocations in any class should be thoughtfully curated and beautifully presented. They should be an invitation to explore, investigate, learn, represent and…create. 💫
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In this lesson the students had a choice, resulting in open ended conversations, discussions about market days and their creating, connecting them deeper to our community. 🐸
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Photos from Wholesome Generation's post 09/30/2022

• indoor - outdoor classrooms + nature learning • 🐝
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What an amazing week. Our 3-5yo learners [our Butterflies + Dragonflies] explored the creek and our pollinator gardens, learning all about pollinators, then moved to create their pollinator collage [first on a cut out, then free style in an Art project] using natural materials they found at the creek 🍁
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How is your love learning about our natural spaces and pollinators? 🦋🐝🐝🐝
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Photos from Wholesome Generation's post 09/29/2022

• science supporting pollinators • 🦋
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We do everything with great purpose. With our 3-5yo learners, we worked on the life cycle of Butterflies, and as we connect our students to the outdoor classroom, we look beyond it all, to deepen the connection to our natural world, and community. 🦋
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Roaming on an almost 2-acre pollinator garden by a natural creek, our students come up with questions beyond what they learn in class, relating them to their food and home. 🦋
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How do you engage your learners in natural cycles? 🦋
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09/28/2022

• why children need poetry • 📝
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Poetry is often a forgotten skill. Since we live in a standard-driven education system, poetry is sadly often left out of the curriculum entirely. This is unfortunate, not only because young learners love poetry, but also because we have seen our students bring the lessons they learn while writing poetry into the rest of their writing. Poetry makes required writing skills more accessible to all students and truly builds confidence in young + emerging writers. ~What’s your favorite poem? 💫
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Photos from Wholesome Generation's post 09/23/2022

• happy fall equinox • 🍁
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We celebrated with all our learners today, giving greetings + thanks to all beings ~ our children set up an Ofrenda and Spiral ~ a wonderful tradition that we started many moons ago, honoring our sacred space and community. 🍁
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Thank you for being part of our magical journey. For now, we are in love with the thought of cooler weather and a new season, but SO appreciative of all the lessons we learned in this cycle. 💫
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Photos from Wholesome Generation's post 09/17/2022

• VOLUNTEER DAYS • 🌿
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We have the most A-MAZING parents and supporters and I’m SO grateful that this year is shaping up to be the best one yet, since we opened up to host our schoolhouse and community space. 🌿
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Thank you for your kindness, true friendship, and all the hours poured in to make-over our front and garden areas, set up the greenhouse spaces and create a magic playground! 🌿
I was always dreaming about this level of caring and now every day is shared in gratitude. Thank you. T H A N K Y O U, for your caring and true compassion. 🌿
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09/17/2022

• c o m m u n i t y • 🙏
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Thank you to everyone who plays a part in our Children’s holistic learning journey, and who supports our incredible team of teachers. #
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We are grateful for our children, all the ways our parents jump in to co-create, and Y O U. 💜
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Every week, our learners expand their knowledge and creative thinking skills, however, this week was about food, our bodies, and all the things we can provide to create the best possible [and thriving] eco/bio-systems in our bodies.
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Photos from Wholesome Generation's post 09/15/2022

• I LIKE ME • 💜
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Children embody and identify with self-chosen characters. By entering into experiences with an open mind, without pre-set structures and pre- determined ideas, they are able to tell a story in their own way and with their own interpretations. 💫
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The poem ‘No Way. The Hundred is there’ by Louise Maliguzzi captures the essentials of learning with joy and choice: 💫
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No way. The hundred is there.
The child/ is made of one hundred./ The child has/ a hundred languages/ a hundred hands/ a hundred thoughts/ a hundred ways of thinking/ of playing, of speaking./ A hundred always a hundred/ ways of listening/ of marveling of loving/ a hundred joys/ for singing and understanding/ a hundred worlds/ to discover/ a hundred worlds/ to invent/ a hundred worlds/ to dream./ The child has / a hundred languages/ (and a hundred hundred hundred more)/ but they steal ninety-nine./ The school and the culture/ separate the head from the body./ They tell the child:/ to think without hands/ to do without head/ to listen and not to speak/ to understand without joy/ to love and marvel/ only at Easter and Christmas./ They tell the child:/ to discover the world already there/ and of the hundred/ they steal ninety-nine./ They tell the child:/ that work and play/ reality and fantasy/ science and imagination/ sky and earth/ reason and dream/ are things/ that do not belong together./ And thus they tell the child/ that the hundred is not there./ The child says:/ No way. The hundred is there.
—Loris Maliguzzi, founder Reggio Emilia preschools
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Photos from Wholesome Generation's post 09/07/2022

• A R T = L O V E • 🎨
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I AM… an ARTIST. How amazing are these little Frida paintings?
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Acrylic on canvas a la Wolves. Sooooo in love 💜
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Photos from Wholesome Generation's post 09/03/2022

• edible gardens • 🥬
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Gardening offers children sooo much: the opportunity to learn the life cycle process, by which plants are grown, as well as responsibility, caretaking, independence, and environmental awareness. Not to forget what it’ll do for encouraging team-work.
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Introducing children to gardening is a wonderful way to increase their awareness of where food comes from and the importance of the environment in everyday life.
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Here our amazing school garden coordinator and keeper, gets seeds in the ground for our fall garden. 🥬🥬🥬
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What’s growing in your garden right now?
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Thank you also to for supporting our garden expansions and youth so they can continue nourishing from our free school lunches. 🙏🥬🥕🫑🥒
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09/03/2022

• sacred spaces • 🌿
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In 2018, our Founder was a published author in the Journal of Childhood Studies, and we like referring back to this piece [more to come soon], regarding the importance of connecting children to nature.🌿
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Now more than ever, given that most larger outdoor spaces are slowly taken over by larger developments, must we reconnect ourselves to nature, and preserve the little green spaces that are still sacred and accessible, in the middle of our ever-growing city.🌿
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We aim to inspire educators to include local waterways as a compelling source for children to learn alongside environmental challenges in their immediate contexts, to learn how to live in reciprocal relations with water, and to care for water as essential to all life on earth… if you’re still reading, just know that every outdoor space is a good start for children, and that 30 minutes of nature connect a day contributes greatly to a healthier mind, better overall health, and greater compassion for wildlife and our earth. But if you’re struggling to get your children outdoors, just visit a creek, and watch the magic unfold.🌿
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Photos from Wholesome Generation's post 09/03/2022

• ART = L O V E • 💜
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Through encounters with a wide range of media and materials, children become more comfortable and skilled and begin to use the materials to communicate or represent their understandings, emotions, discoveries, and interests.
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The schools in Reggio Emilia, Italy refer to this communication as “The Hundred languages”. Through these “hundred languages” of expression and representation, children have the opportunity to collaborate, realize new perspectives and deepen their relationships with each other.
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The children loved the Rewilding Camp Shirts we made last year and so we’ve let them try to make their own. We failed a lot and realized that not all screen printing ink is created equal, but wow, did we love the process. Everyone was helping each other, and after printing 22 t-shirts, we called it a day. Art can be so many things, but here at the schoolhouse, art is love. 💜
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Our Story

Wholesome Generation is on a quest to model and integrate conscious living, healthy eating, and sustainable eco-systems. Our mission is to empower youth with the knowledge and values to make food choices that are healthy for them, their communities, and the environment. Through deepening their relationship with nature, we encourage stewardship by balancing human and ecological needs, and guide our children toward mindfulness, flexibility and social growth.

Our community spaces include a bee apiary, organic gardens, a mobile culinary classroom, and a large natural creek bed used for outdoor education, in collaboration with UT Austin, Austin Community College, and Texas State University. We are focused on Land Preservation and growing children’s interest in developing solutions to preserving our natural Environments, and especially Water Resources.

Wholesome Generation’s community is very diverse and we focus heavily on community involvement to help us understand the socio-cultural backgrounds of our students’ lives while assisting us to build bridges between the home and learning environment. This exposure helps challenge our own perspectives and biases, and allows us to truly embrace our differences.

We welcome people of any gender identity or expression, race, ethnicity, size, nationality, sexual orientation, ability level, neurotype, religion, elder status, family structure, culture, subculture, political opinion, identity, and self-identification.

Our Community is why we do this work, and we are here to foster Love and Community based learning opportunities. Fall 2020: Yoga Market. Art + Educational Workshops for the public.

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12251 Running Bird Lane
Austin, TX
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Monday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Tuesday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Thursday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm

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