Spring River offers flexible programing and support to the growing homeschool community in Northeast Florida seeking a holistic education. We welcome those that are interested in an education inspired by Waldorf methods and a "whole child" view of human development, or those seeking a more part time experience to enrich their other homeschool choices. We provide support and a social network for those families that can join us for five days of classes or who are only interested in three or two day options. We also welcome all families from the greater community to our events, parent education, playdates and festivals. All are welcome!
A Developmental Approach
The curriculum offered at Spring River spans kindergarten through the middle school years, and at each developmental stage addresses the student's growing capacity for thinking, willing and feeling (doing), also sometimes referred to as "head, heart and hands."
The Class Teacher
At Spring River, each class has a core teacher that stays with them for multiple years. This continuity enhances the children's learning in both academic and social aspects and allows the teacher to develop a deep understanding of the child as a whole and of the class as a community.
A Main Lesson is an extended period of time in which all academic subjects, such as language arts, math, science, history, etc., are taught. The subjects in the main lesson blocks are covered in-depth for a period of 2-to-8 or more-week cycles depending on the topic and student needs. This intensified, concentrated focus on a subject over several weeks builds a strong connection to the subject, and that subject is further explored through a variety of activities such as art, drama, movement, and writing.
Main Lesson Books
During Main Lesson blocks, the students each create their own Main Lesson Book. These beautiful books are organized, ongoing records of the students work and are filled with observations, illustrations, diagrams, stories, and essays. This act of generating one's own artistic "textbook" is one of the unique parts of the Spring River Experience.
Special Subject Classes
In addition to Main Lesson, we offer special subjects such as handwork, nature immersion, medieval nature quests, music, Spanish, form drawing, painting, modeling, drama, woodworking (6-7) and (for grades 3 and up) curriculum related field trips.
For more details see our Special Subjects page or visit the individual grade description.
Forest School and Nature Hikes and Immersion:
From our earliest days, Spring River has honored the relationship between growing children and nature, and ensured that outdoor time was an essential component of our school day. Now, as an outdoor school, our students are immersed in nature every day and engage in forest trail and beach walks in all weather. First-hand experiences and observations of nature are at the heart of all of our programs. We also offer a unique and more in-depth one day Forest School Enrichment Class for families seeking that experience to complement their homeschool studies.