The Overall Vision
Homestar’s vision is to create an educational system that begins before birth and continues all through a child’s education. It includes what we already have, which is an infant/toddler/preschool and elementary school, and will eventually extend backwards into working with pregnant families and forwards into high school. We believe that a new model of education is needed for children to be able to fully develop emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually.
Because a child is so alive, spirited, animated, sensory and experience oriented, how they use and relate to their body is how they will live their life and develop their capacities and gifts. This includes such aspects of education as nutrition (the foundation for life long health), a focus on learning about and experiencing the great outdoors (our first teacher about life), a chance to fully engage their bodies on a daily basis, including developing a confident and intimate relationship with nature, learning communication skills, time to be alone and stay in contact with what is inner, being given a chance to express in ways that suit who they are as individuals as well as being part of a team, and an emphasis on life skills and eventually when they are older, meaningful community service. In order to do this there needs to be strong parent involvement, staff trained not just in teaching techniques but in how to live a healthy lifestyle, and an interconnectedness between the school and the world.