Living wide awake

Tuesday night, I went to a discussion about adolescents and screen-time.  The facilitator framed the issue as a battle between the desire to live a life of alertness and connectedness and forces designed to distract and commodify. This week, Opal 4 demonstrated its mission to live an engaged life with a walk through Hoyt Arboretum.  …

Nature Play

Since Opal School’s inception, children have created adventure in The Rocky Space. A grassy slope on the side of the building, The Rocky Space was characterized by a few boulders (including some large pieces of petrified wood), a picnic table, a steep grassy hill, and a big tree named Zoom. It was a wild space …

In a Beautiful Place

In a beautiful place such as “Colorland” teachers have noticed, for many years now, that children’s imaginations take an especially lofty flight. At Opal School, such observations always lead us to wonder how we can support and sustain this kind of energy, engagement and joy in the service of the other kinds of learning we …

Joy!

It has been a busy and full week in Opal 2 as we have been trying to adjust to the time change, recover from all of the Halloween excitement of last week, and get used to this colder weather that has come our way. We were reminded this afternoon of a quote from the founder of …

Connections Through a Shared Experience

  “A journey is best measured in friends rather than miles.” –Tim Cahill      “I think this is our destination… Yes it is!” – shouted by Seba upon reaching the Upper Meadow last Thursday, our first hike together. When  we consider our “Dialog with Place” at Opal School we cannot forget our rich surrounding natural …