Enki Art & Nature School

Junior Elementary

2021-2022 Enki Art & Nature Grade 1-2 Class (ages 6 to 8)

We are offering an Enki grade 1-2 class.  The theme for this grade is the interconnectedness of the world and the wisdom of the many who have gone before.  We draw upon the rich heritage of folk & trickster stories from around the world as well as exploring biographies of sages from many cultures and traditions who have changed the world.  Complementary to the rich story-based curriculum is daily time in nature and connected cultural experiences such as folk dances, cooking and craft.   

Please read through the Enki through the Grades overview here to find out more about the Enki pedagogy.

This is a full 4-day program offering that runs Monday to Thursday from 9 – 3pm starting September 13th, 2021. Application for Enrolment opens Tuesday June 1st and space is limited to 8 children.  

The cost is $1600 per term (if enrolling for a stand alone term) or $3000 for the 2021-2022 school year (plus a one-time $100 materials fee due upon registration). Returning families can complete the forest school registration form and send to our office administrator at admin@knowlesvillenature.ca.

Our lead teacher this year is Sierra Magnum, with pedagogical support & mentorship from Tegan Wong-Daugherty.  Sierra has been the co-teacher with Sparrow for two years on our Wild Child Thursdays.  She has 3 children of her own and is a gentle, grounded educator who will be beginning her Enki foundation courses this fall.  In this program we will be seeking out a number of regular specialty teachers to offer handwork, French and woodworking classes throughout the year.  We look first to parents within the school community who would like to offer a specialty subject in exchange for tuition credits. Please email Tegan if this is of interest.

Senior Elementary

2021-2022 Enki Art & Nature Grade 3-5 Class (ages 8 to 11)

We are offering an Enki grade 3-5 class.  The theme for this group will mirror the child’s striving toward independence.  Creation myths, which tell of this new birth and the challenges of life on earth, form the core of the humanities work. Stories about the Haudenosaunee Sky Woman and the Hebrew Moses are among those that meet the child of this age.   As in the early elementary program, we will have daily time in nature and connected cultural experiences such as folk dances, cooking and craft.   

Please read through the Enki through the Grades overview here to find out more about the Enki pedagogy.

This is a full 4-day program offering that runs Monday to Thursday from 9 – 3pm starting September 13th, 2021. Application for Enrolment opens Tuesday June 1st and space is limited to 10 children.

The cost is $1600 per term or $3000 for the 2021-2022 school year (plus a one-time $100 materials fee due upon registration). Returning families can complete the forest school registration form and send to our office administrator at admin@knowlesvillenature.ca.

Our lead teacher for this class is Agnes Took, with pedagogical support & mentorship from Tegan Wong-Daugherty.  Agnes has been part of an Enki pioneer group of educators for grades 1 & 2 and will continue taking the foundation courses for the Enki Education Teacher Training. In this program we will also be seeking out regular specialty teachers to offer handwork, languages and project based classes throughout the year. We look first to parents within the school community who would like to offer a specialty subject in exchange for tuition credits. Please email Tegan if this is of interest.

Middle School

2022-2023 Enki Art & Nature Grade 6-8 Class (ages 11 to 14)

We will be offering an Enki middle school program starting next fall, September 2022. We will be offering a tours and discovery days in May 2022 for families interested in finding out more about this option. Pre-enrolment is welcomed and gives your family a great way to start being a part of the school community this year.

This pre-teen to early teen developmental stage leads the child naturally focus on chaos, conflict, and order. We will support this stage as a group through the Enki global cultures curriculum that explores the unfolding of these issues through different cultures and times through the lives of historical figures.  In 2021-2022 our three cultures and times in focus will be Ancient Middle East; the world of the Inca; and, Ancient Greece and Rome.  As in all our programs, we will have daily time in nature and connected cultural experiences such as folk dances, cooking and craft.   

Please read through the Enki through the Grades overview here to find out more about the Enki pedagogy.

The full program offering will run 4 days per week offering Monday to Thursday from 9 – 3pm starting September 13th, 2021. Application for Enrolment opens Tuesday June 1st and space is limited to 12 children. 

The cost is $1600 per term or $3000 for the 2021-2022 school year (plus a one-time $100 materials fee due upon registration). Returning families can complete the forest school registration form and send to our office administrator at admin@knowlesvillenature.ca.

We are in a hiring process for our lead teacher and will be introducing them when the position is filled.  Pedagogical support & mentorship will be provide from Tegan Wong-Daugherty who is a fully trained Enki teacher.  In this program we will also have a number of regular specialty teachers who will offer handwork, languages and project based classes throughout the year. We look first to parents within the school community who would like to offer a specialty subject in exchange for tuition credits. Please email Tegan if this is of interest.

School-wide Curriculum Goals

At the Art & Nature School we offer opportunities for children to explore and learn in ways that engage their whole being and cultivates independent thinking and creative problem-solving.  We use a combination of Waldorf and Enki Inspired Curriculum that nurtures the head, heart and hands of the children.

The HEAD
Thinking and Knowledge

The Art & Nature School’s emphasis is not on what to think but on how to think. It embraces complexity  through simple acts. To be truly prepared for the future, it will not only be necessary to discover unknown answers to a given problem, it will be necessary to define the problem, ask the right questions, and envision many different solutions.

The HEART
Feelings and Motivation

We feel that all people have vitality, wisdom and compassion at their core.  We strive for a learning community that engages the hearts of the children to help uncover their own inherent capacity to care about themselves and their fellow human beings; to discover the wonder and inter-relationships in this world, and to experience many ways to engage and create.  Artistic activities (painting, drawing, drama, music, and handicrafts) are part of the school experience each day.  They foster a heartfelt connection between the student and the subject and make education more meaningful and memorable.

The HANDS
Purposeful Activity

The goal of education is to instill confidence and fosters self-esteem in order to find a meaningful path in a complex and confusing world where self-determination and strong character are needed.  Handwork includes knitting, woodworking, sewing, gardening, cooking and general care of their school environment.  All of these meaningful tasks help to create responsible free individuals who can ultimately contribute to the vitality of their families and communities.

Spirituality

Our school families come from various religious and cultural backgrounds. The curriculum is not based on a particular religious doctrine. Rather, it is based on the belief that there is a spiritual dimension to each human being that also requires nurturing.

Affordability

The Knowlesville Art & Nature School is possible only by the immense commitment and countless volunteer hours of our team.  Our lead teachers are offering their teaching abilities at below market salaries because they are passionate about making a rural school in a natural setting a reality.  Our specialty teachers come from the school parents and the local community and include artists, yoga instructors, carpenters and language & culture specialists who give their time either in exchange for tuition credits or as volunteers. This adds amazing richness to the classroom on a regular basis for which we are grateful.  All this has made it possible to work with families to make tuition affordable for families of diverse economic realities.

KAN School Vision:

The KAN provides a holistic nature-connected environment for ourselves and our children. We started in 2008 with a Forest Kindergarten, which has evolved to including a homeschool collective for children up to grade 8. Inspired by Waldorf & ENKI* pedagogies, we strive to nurture through heart connection the inherent vitality and wisdom of our shared human journey.

* ENKI is an art-enriched global cultures program. The foundation of ENKI is the nurturing of the inherent vitality, wisdom and compassion which exists in every child. All programming offered through the Knowlesville Art and Nature School uses this foundation as a starting point  and guiding principle. We are excited to be pioneering this rich educational pedagogy in New Brunswick, Canada.