THE PURSUIT OF ART
At Roberts Field we believe that education is most dynamic and enduring when nurtured within an artistic approach. At our school, art is not about talent, but the lens through which we perceive life in all its possibilities. The children are encouraged to quest, discover, and launch in the context of an artful experience.
For both children and adults, we believe that an artful approach encourages vision and imagination. When art and formal learning merge, they provide us with two of life’s greatest gifts: knowledge and a natural right to the infinite realm of possibility.
At Roberts Field we surf and weave and embed various creative mediums into our understanding and elucidation of language, science, math, music, and nature. This is full living and learning.
Art provides us freedom, it sculpts depth, and it conjures exploration for multifaceted learning. Art creates joy and nurtures an awakening of the power and purpose of individuality. Here, art allows us to make strong statements about culture, community, and our own perspectives, as well as a global one. We are ever distinct through our artistic expression and can move self and others to see life in a diverse realm of understanding.
Our philosophy and approach to education stems from the belief that we are born creative, and continue to need creative foundations in which to holistically thrive. To live, be, and grow as an individual is a creative process: one that gives life sizeable meaning and fulfillment.
HONORING THE TEACHER
In the holistic culture and approach of our school, we seek to nurture and empower our teachers as capable and confident classroom leaders—both independently and collaboratively. A core tenant of our mission as a school is to facilitate the individual expression of our teachers’ strengths and passions as educators. Our goal is to allow these strengths and passions as educators to joyfully and naturally emerge as a guide in children’s learning.
As a core element of Roberts Field programming and value system, we emphasize and practice mindfulness as compassionate awareness to guide our communication, expression, and program experiences as a whole. We extend this practice to our whole school, teachers, children, parents, and caregivers alike.
Compassionate awareness is a life practice and community paradigm that develops both the adult and child’s ability to be heard, seen, and valued within their relationships. Through awareness, we grow while being nurtured by our community. We are then able to authentically offer our full presence and compassion to all those with whom we share our lives and activity.
The roots of this practice at Roberts Field guide the child to an awareness of his or her feelings, behavior, and needs, and how to express them in ways that result in their needs being met and honored. Reciprocally, the child also learns to receive and support the expression and needs of others.
Compassionate awareness practices have been proven to help children and adults relieve stress, increase concentration and confidence, deal with difficult emotions, improve communication and emotional literacy, improve collaborative skills, and inspire creativity. Being mindful and aware centers and strengthens our school mission, and allows us to feel a deeper connection to life, art, friendship and community. Simply, at Roberts Field, we are happier through this practice of compassionate awareness.
Roberts Field is dedicated to the approach of non-violent communication as a way to best nurture learning and sharing for the individual and the community group.
We believe that no type of violence creates resolution, only control. We teach, model, and practice ways of relating that guide compassionate and diverse outlooks and the prioritization of peaceful centers. In our educational field, we believe that this brings out the best in the human condition for child, parent, and educator.
We believe that to approach the world and our neighbors peacefully is the path to an evolution of intelligence and peaceful resolution globally on all fronts. This must be the foundation on which we are raised in order to systematically promote the non-violent evolution of the world.
For this reason, we reserve the time and space of Roberts Field to be one where we concentrate on sharing and communicating in ways that do not integrate in content, theme, play, or activity with the physical overpowering of others. While we understand that physical aggression and play is a very appropriate part of the developmental process of childhood, it is not permitted during the time spent at Roberts Field.
With this approach to learning and creating in our school community, students will grow with an awareness of the importance of peaceful disciplines and the self-empowerment it builds. Their inner strength will build their capacity for intentional and transformative communication in life and learning as a whole. The fruition of our ideals is possible with consistent, clear, and active practices directed towards their actualization.
THE PURSUIT OF NATURE & THE FIELD
Nature expands our senses, triggers the most unique and powerful centers of our intelligence, and calms and frees the inner voice. Nature and the expansion of our community and culture are consistent and direct mediums of interaction in education.
At Roberts Field we understand that the consistent integration of learning experience in Nature and the Field is paramount to the highest capacity of educational and holistic learning.
As humans, when we are nurtured in building relationship with the entire diversity of the world, we are most saliently connected to the full capacity of self. When we are nurtured to take part in the vast fields of learning, our growth is exponential and our full potential as individuals and community is heightened. The consistency of this holistic education is essential to the development of our inner depth, consciousness, and ability to thrive happily in life as developed and constructive citizens of the world.