New Learner Perspective: Experience Week

By Conner Katerba As someone who had never been away from home for more than two days, leaving for an entire week to travel across the country sounded pretty terrifying. That, along with 20 something hours of driving each way, made this Experience Week Trip to visit the Youth Initiative High School in Viroqua, Wisconsin seem like a bad idea. Fortunately, I decided to take a leap of faith, trust my teachers, and try something new. I definitely don’t regret that decision as this trip ended up being an experience I’ll carry with me.. Springhouse teachers did an amazing job facilitating the journey. For example, when we stopped for the night in Chicago, we got to walk around Lincoln Square with

Reimagining Education: September e-News

"If you can learn how to use your mind, anything is possible." ~ Wim Hof, Becoming Ice Man Every Friday Springhouse learners, and homeschooling students, are strengthening their physical resiliency skills in our Discovery Learning Program. They are running obstacle courses, hiking, doing yoga asana practice, and engaging in the Wim Hof method facilitated by Jason Walker. What is the Wim Hof method? Wim Hof is an extreme athlete (sometimes called the Ice Man) who is noted for his ability to withstand freezing cold temperatures. There are three powerful pillars to his method including cold therapy, breathing, and commitment. Last week, learners did timed exercises with Jason using freezing col

Commitment with Purpose

By Andrew Callister, Springhouse Parent To what are we committed? The answer to this question reveals much about our identity and values. As a parent, I am committed to providing my children with the best possible foundation upon which to create a purposeful and rewarding life for themselves. Fortunately, I can say that my teenagers’ school is also committed to this holistic development of its students and adult participants. Springhouse Community School is dedicated to all four of the universally valued outcomes that Joanne McEachen and Matthew Kane write about in this article: self-understanding, competency, knowledge, and connection. The result of all four outcomes is the development

A note from Jenny Finn, Head of School

“If we teach young people to run away from the darkness rather than to open up the light in the darkness, to be the candles, the signposts, then we are doing great harm to them and the communities that they have come out of.” ~ Vincent Harding Dear Springhouse family, I have been listening to some great podcasts this summer. I recently listened to this one from On Being with Vincent Harding, the late Civil Rights elder. His message is this: Let’s teach young people how to be lights in our world. Harding’s message is at the heart of the vision and mission of Springhouse Community School. As adults, we teach young people how to be lights by learning how to be lights ourselves. The Springhouse

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