WHO WHAT WHERE WHEN?
fun learn play create
Life is our classroom
Living is our curriculum
Loving is our teacher
The world is our classroom and the things we do teach us what, where and why we need to know as we grow.
Animalia Learning Center is a nurturing space where children can just be themselves. Here they can honour their innate natural talents, interests and abilities whilst connecting with other like-minded beings.
Animalia Learning Center is a learning center for children from 7 years and older. We learn from and about life in a non-adversarial environment, encouraging cooperation rather than competition.
Our Learning Center offers a unique and loving space for home schooling and un-schooling children to interact and socialize in, and with, an environment that allows for freedom and independence, promotes self-discipline in a casually implicit way, and is surrounded by nature and peace.
In addition, the center offers the services of outside experts to share their talents with the learners in such activities as art & design (photography, music, creative writing and performance, woodwork, sculpture, ceramics and other crafts like baking and sewing), online gaming and programming, parkour, all things equestrian, rope skipping and related environmental activities focused on conservation like sustainable management of our fauna and flora, eco-agriculture, waste management and natural animal husbandry.
These activities vary from term to term as per the learners’ interests.
An abundance of climbing trees, a large conservancy with loads of wild life and river with forest become children’s hang out places, climbing walls, tree houses and jungle gyms. We are constantly shaping, constructing, developing and creating our space for – and with – the learners to enjoy, take responsibility for their space, and to cooperate and take ownership of what, where and how they learn and have fun.
Plenty of offline games, books, lego and cards for children offer more playtime exploration.
Uncapped, superfast internet is included in the set monthly fees.
We are not a school, we are an environmentally sound, real world community center for real life learning. The learning process here is mostly self-paced and self-determined.
FORMAL & INFORMAL CURRICULUM
Informal, project-based, experiential learning is our core service combined with offline as well as online reflection upon that experience.
We also offer state of the art online learning for learners who want to compliment their learning experience with a more formal curriculum alongside our informal creative, environmental and other extra curricular activities.
Animalia Learning Center operates as a democracy whereby the children participate in making the rules for the center. Communication, relationship and expression is key in daily life. Problem solving and any issues that arise are dealt with as a group and fleshed out together.
Our daily program combines a structured time-table blended with informal activities. Among others, we do light daily meditation such as color and animal communication focus, light movement sessions like yoga and brain gym. Each process intends to facilitate children’s freedom of expression, holistic development and grounding.
Children follow their interests and innate talents from a whole variety of activities:
Children doing the curriculum need to have their own laptop, tablet or I-pad.
Whilst we are here to assist and encourage the children with their daily learning, we do not teach or act as a replacement for school. We offer a caring facility and provide the infrastructure for a registered distance learning curriculum which learners can complete when parents can’t supervise them during the day. It is still the parents’ responsibility to monitor their child’s progress.
Programs like Think Digital College offer online tutor support at an added cost. If this is not sufficient for your child, then extra after care tutoring can be arranged by the center in addition to the set fees.
Children who do not wish to enroll with any of these online programs, such as un-schoolers or those working with alternate programmes, bring additional materials from home. This could include learning materials or projects of their own making, games or books. Children may also bring their own tutors if they wish.
The center is run by life-partners Simone and Niko, qualified and registered teachers with over 20 years’ experience respectively in education.
Our backgrounds range from formal, government, private and remedial education to informal, rural, developmental and correctional training.
We have been homeschooling our own children since 2014.
We are located in the magical Valley Of A Thousand Hills, Kwazulu-Natal. You may contact us to come and view and try out the experience for yourselves, or just for a chat.
8.30am-1pm Mondays to Thursdays
Afternoons may accommodate additional extra murals, extra lessons and related activities.
Fridays are outing days. We participate in community outreach projects and join other homeschoolers in and around the community for environmental and social activities.
USEFUL LINKS ON HOMESCHOOLING & UN-SCHOOLING & PARENTING :
- Free To Learn, by Peter Grey
- Unschoolers In South Africa – Early Childhood
- Online maths additional courses ages 4-14
- Dyslexia and Learning Challenges Online Brain Training
- SA Homeschoolers
- Further and Add-on Learning (Free and Brilliant!): The Big History Project
- Gaming and Parenting
- Alliance For Self-Directed Education
- Lego Education
- Children & Nature