Friday, June 24, 2011

Wellspring Closing Its Doors

In a mix of celebration and sadness, the administrators and parents closed Wellspring Communtiy School's doors on June 16, 2011. After five years of offering holistic education for children in Nursery through 4th grade, the economic realities of a sane education at an affordable price have become insurmountable. 

The founders, families and staff of Wellspring rejoice in the school's true community and positive impact on the past, present, and future of all involved. Each of us takes with us the experience of becoming conscious about our educational choices and linking ourselves to like-minded others to create something new. Wellspring lives in each of us, and will continue to be a beacon for what is possible in the world of education and beyond.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Natural Art at Wellspring Community School

This week the E 2's (second through fourth grade) went to the meadow to make art using only materials and tools that they find in nature.  Their art  was inspired by the work of Andy Goldsworthy who is a british artist.  The children had access to a book of images of Goldsworthy's work to review before setting out on their own.

It was a beautiful warm day and everyone quickly became engaged in individual or team projects.  Rocks, petals, leaves, sticks and a stream were all components of their artwork.  The children chose this location since it was a "secret spot" they had visited over the years.

Due to the fragility and impermanence of these creations, the children took the above photos of their work.  Enjoy!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Busy at Wellspring

Hello readers!

We have been busy busy busy at Wellspring, with so many exciting events coming up!

Our conference, Cultivating Children's Creativity, is coming up in just a few weeks - if you haven't registered yet, you should!

The deadline has passed for submitting advertisements for the winter edition our popular Community Resource Guide, but if are interested in making a donation we can list your business on our Community Supporters page and include your ad in the spring edition of the CRG.

We are also gearing up for our Goods and Services Auction, which is being hosted online with Bidding for Good and will go live on Friday, March 25.  We welcome donations of all sorts and sizes, so please contact us if you would like to help us out!  Along with your donation, you get a business card sized ad in our CRG and your business and website is listed on our Community Supporters page.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Standards-Based vs. Performance-Based Curriculum

A very cool article from a student newspaper at an upstate New York high school:
A lot of the administration, teachers, and students don’t like the standard based curriculum, but have no power to change it. The standard based curriculum imposes content specifications without taking into account the different needs, opportunities to learn, and skills that may be appropriate for specific districts, regions, or students. But then, why have it at all? It’s difficult, unnecessary and somewhat medieval. School curriculum shouldn’t be one-size-fits-all. Wouldn’t we all like to do what we’re good at to the best of our abilities and therefore shine? Why should different people with different talents, interests, and abilities be forced into homogenization?
Read the entire article here.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Fairy Houses

If you're local to Wellspring Community School, please visit Chester Public Library before the end of February to see our Fairy House display in the Children's Room.  Our students worked very hard on these beautiful masterpieces!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Bohm on Creativity

An exploration of the philosopher David Bohm's thoughts on creativity can be found here.


What do you think?

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Does Creativity = Happiness?

Maybe, according to this article on
Imagine someone sitting on the floor with his or her head buried in their arms and leaning on the couch. Is this person crying, sleeping, sick, dizzy or playing hide and seek? The ability to interpret this image in as many ways as possible reveals one's psychological creativity and consequently their ability to deal with negativity according to a new study by Geneviève Beaulieu-Pelletier, a PhD student at the University of Montreal Faculty of Psychology.
Read the entire article here.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Raising Happy, Imperfect Children

Yet another response to the firestorm that has been generated from Amy Chua's Tiger Mother, this one from Motherlode at The New York Times:
Chua is prescribing life motivated by perfectionism—fear of failure, fear of disappointment.  Not only is this a vicious form of unhappiness, but research by Carol Dweck and many others shows that kids who are not allowed to make mistakes don’t develop the resilience or grit they need later in life to overcome challenges or pick themselves up when they do fail. Perfectionists are far more likely to be depressed, anxious, and in college, they are more likely to commit suicide.
Read the whole article here, and take heed.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Don't Bring Your Son or Daughter to Work

on Bring Your Son or Daughter to Work day?  Egad!  Read the article from that starts:

School districts are urging parents to leave kids in school today during "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day," according to the Associated Press.
They say the annual event disrupts learning at an increasingly critical time of year when standardized tests are taking place.
Kids in the community?  Seeing what this "real world" for which school is supposed to be preparing them?  NOOOOOOOOO......!  

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

For the "I Hate Math" Crowd

On NPR - after this, you won't!

Read more, check the links, watch the video, all here.