Serving ages 8-14 for one full day. Choice I, II and III offer young people the chance to explore eight different content areas of their choice each year over the course of four 8-week segments. For example, a youth might spend the first 8 weeks of the year engaged in woodworking or Egyptian mythology for two hours each Wednesday morning, have lunch and community building social time, then move on to creative writing or stream studies for two hours in the afternoon.
On a reconfigured 28 acre farm/estate near Newtown Square PA, Open Connections offers programs for young people ages 2 - 18. Each program reflects the basic values of OC and is un-graded, partially-to-totally youth-directed and hands-on. We are committed to inquisitiveness, innovation and collaboration.
Each OC program meets once a week. Most programs are full-day from 9:15 to 2:15 (or 4:00). Our after-program programs are from 2:30-4:00. Programs run from mid-September to early June and cover a wide range of interests and formats.
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Serving ages 9-12 for one full day. Imagine a program that combines the natural sciences, literature, and the outdoors with real life skills for sustainable self-sufficient living. We will do things together like collecting and observing plant species from the OC property, foraging for wild food, preserving canned goods for winter, cooking outdoors and learning basic survival skills such as firestarting, shelter building, animal tracking and trapping, and wilderness navigation.
This program is designed for youth ages 2-4 years* and their parent(s) (or caregiver) from 10:00am to 12:00pm. Much like the Open Program, this course offers time for youth to let their natural curiosity flourish. The program space will be stocked with developmentally appropriate materials that nurture natural learning and Flexible Thinking. The first part of each day will include the introduction of a new material or activity along with a discussion of the facilitation of that activity with young people.
This program is designed for youth ages 12-18 who also attend at least one other day of programming at Open Connections. At the core of the OC Philosophy is the belief in the value of engaging in Real Work. Real Work is most easily defined by contrasting it with its counterpart, make-work. Real Work is something that is done to produce a useful result and which needs to be done. In the context of “learning” or “educational” situations, were the “student” not to have performed the Real Work activity, someone else would have had to.