This is our manifesto:

We aim to reclaim the joys of childhood.

                                                              We reconnect with our roots.

                   We offer an antidote to mainstream education.

Here is what we do:

                                                                                              We use our                                                                                                                  outside voices

We act silly

We laugh hard

     

                             We listen to those who listen to us

We get good and

                 dirty

We respect those who treat us respectfully

                                                                                                                  We climb trees,

                                                                                                                  catch bugs,

                                                                                                                  and wade in the river.

 

 

 

We talk during circle time

 

 

 

 

                                                                     We passionately disagree

                                                                     We have authentic conversations                                                                               We find common ground

                                                          

 

We focus deeply on meaningful projects.                                                                 

 

 

We make mistakes

We grow together

 

 

                                                                                        All that sunshine, mud, and

              

                                                                                                                                 full-body play

                                                                      

 

 

                   

      

                                                          really makes us

                                                              stick together

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And we do all of it in German!

We do not:

Give punishments or rewards, stay out of puddles, use a time-out chair, "Teach" kids German, create artificial boundaries between adults and kids, or walk in a single line - except when paths are too narrow to walk side by side