Our thoughts and goals for the school, our ethos, philosophies on academics and vision is a work in progress; a living and breathing concept that continues to evolve, and we hope will continue to evolve together with the other families and teachers that have joined this project and community for many years to come.
The children start each day with time outside, rain or shine. They stroll and play in the valley and hills behind the farm. They help collect the eggs daily, and learn the basics of creating meals from what we have in our back yard. We will continue to have a wider range of animals for the children to interact with and help take care of, learning the cycle of not only food, but the seasons and the importance of how we interact with nature. The children help harvest seasonal fruits and vegetables, as well as forage for chestnuts, mushrooms and many other wild greens and goodies that our generous hills have to offer us. They help harvest the grapes and make their own wine with the Village Forest School label that we release the following spring of that harvest at our Schools Open day.
The children spend time both in one of the three 50 square-metre yurts, as well as in an indoor space in the main cascina. The yurts are constructed entirely of natural and non-toxic materials, thanks to Lucie’s biological building experience and knowledge. The yurts have a wood stove for heating, and a sperate wooden structure which houses two bathrooms and a sink. The yurts all have electricity and lots of natural light both from the doors and windows as well as the cupola. The children also spend time in the large second floor space in the cascina that has one big open floor plan with a long shared table for the time they will spend indoors on academics.
There is a full kitchen and large bathroom in the indoor classroom for cooking lessons, lunch time and snack time. The only internet will be in this indoor space which will be used only at the discretion of the teachers.
While they are beautiful spaces and important to have, the yurts and the room in the cascina are second to the wild nature of these hills... the majority of the children’s day is spent outside exploring our forests and fields, alive and to be shared with all the beautiful living creatures big and small.