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Experiential Learning at Mountain Sun Community School

Kim Skeen | Brevard, NC Our journey began with a silent hike down a steep and winding trail, minds full of anticipation and excitement for a different kind of school week. As the trail came to an end, the landscape opened up into the beautiful…

Finding Connections

Daniel Sprinkle | Brevard, NC If you have ever asked yourself (or your high school math teacher), “When am I ever going to use calculus?” then you will appreciate this. If you ever had to memorize the names of Columbus’ boats or the…
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The Capacity to be Kind

Nick Pearl | Brevard, NC I believe that everyone has the capacity to be kind. When working with some of my toughest students in wilderness therapy, this belief may have been momentarily challenged, but in the end I was amazed at how often,…
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Raising Monarchs

Becky Langerman | Brevard, NC As a teacher, sometimes you feel a calling in your inner core towards something you must do in the classroom. This summer, I began dreaming about Monarchs. While I dream about students quite often, I’m referring…
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Fostering Creativity

Kim Skeen | Brevard, NC How do we foster and develop creativity within our students at Mountain Sun? Children are all born with an innate need to create: to build, to make, to tinker. Our job as teachers is to foster that creativity and…
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Parental Personal Time

Brigid Fox | Brevard, NC This morning, we were discussing our health and how we can care for our bodies to promote our wellness. The children all had wonderful suggestions and comments. I shared with them the basic expectations of hand washing…
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Circle Time

By Janna Carlson | Brevard, NC Here at Mountain Sun Community School, we like to make circles. This shape is inclusive and lets you see those around you. We are a community made up of all kinds of people with different experiences and ideas.…
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It Takes a Village

By Tina Leonard | Brevard, NC Many times I have heard the proverb: “It takes a village to raise a child." I have often reflected on that concept and agreed. There are many times when parents and friends help in ways such as driving a child…