Facts and Questions
What is Alpenglow School?
How much time is spent outside?
All the Alpenglow students start their morning with a walk outside to allow them time to adjust from their morning home routine, join together as class with their teacher, and focus on their class day ahead. There is a morning recess and lunchtime recess daily. Students will eat their lunches outside during the Fall and Spring.
Learning and being outside in nature is a key element of the program, and teachers plan their lessons to be taught outside and with examples of nature as much as possible, as long as there are logical, appropriate and natural connections. In addition to play time outside, music, dance and yoga are often done outside. There is not a specific amount of time that the students must be outside each day or week, but it is often at least for an additional academic hour per day.
Each week there is a day or half-day that is usually activity based. These hours are classroom specific and/or school wide and usually spent outdoors with a focus on nature immersion, nature science and/or physical education. Students may work in community garden, do a nature hike at Grassi Lakes, go skiing or climbing together. The students may be grouped in mixed-age and grade groups, or in grade specific groups depending on the activity and content.