We had a couple of unexpected encounters the other day at Jubilee Academy. We discovered two turtles and a couple of interesting insects. We studied them for awhile and then wrote about and drew pictures of them. I love teaching at Jubilee Academy for many reasons. A couple of those reasons are its natural setting and the flexibility I have to change my plans when an opportunity like this arises.
Jubilee Academy is unique in several ways:
1. We aren’t slaves to state standards or federal laws, so we can adapt our plans as needed. Of course, we make sure our changes are beneficial and educational.
2. We are a one-room schoolhouse, which is unusual. In fact, I don’t know of any other schools that try to educate such a wide range of ages all together. While this model has it’s challenges, it also provides more of a real-world atmosphere and leadership opportunities within the classroom.
3. We have a high ratio of special needs students, but we also have typical students. Our students with ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and English as a Second Language issues are not bullied or looked down upon. They are considered regular students in our classroom.
4. God has been involved in our school from the beginning and throughout every step of the journey. He has provided in so many ways and has clearly brought our community of learners together. As long as we honor Him, I trust Him to continue to provide, protect, and guide.