Wild & Free Kids

About

Wild & Free Kids is a program rooted in curiosity, discovery, and play.

Kids are naturally self-directed learners; at Explora we give them the space, tools, time and support they need to learn through discovery. The Wild & Free Kids program has space for up to 6 kids ages 4-6 (*depending on readiness) and is supported by 1-2 creative facilitators.

We believe in mixed-age learning environments, free play and exploration. Every morning you will find the Wild & Free kids following their curiosity and engaging with the natural world from their home base in La Punta.

We draw tools from a variety of recognized sources but ultimately we are an agile learning unschooling community supporting the Wild & Free Kids as they begin to direct their days based on specific interests. We have modified practices so that learners feel empowered and supported as they go through the day. 

DAILY RHYTHM

  • Morning Circle and Intention Setting
  • Free Play
  • Rotating Offerings including but not limited to.., music, cooking, art, science and more
  • Outside Play
  • Closing Circle/Story Time

*** Learners go on excursions with older learners from the center at least 2x’s per month.

Explora promotes independence and freedom in learners of all ages. In order to set learners up to be successful in a free and independent environment, there are certain things they must be able to do before enrolling to attend Explora. 

Can your learner…

  • Carry and take off backpack & shoes?
  • Keep personal items in their bin?
  • Stay safely with a group both when on excursions?
  • Respond to voice prompts (“Walking feet” or “Inside voices”)?
  • Use toilet and wash hands independently?
  • Keep small objects out of mouth?
  • Return objects and materials to the original location when finished using them?


Support Resources:

  • Listen to this podcast by Alfie Kohn

Our Explora community is focused on the principles of trust, access, and responsibility. Our learning center and community are solely supported through the membership fees paid by our families.

EXPLORA WILD & FREE KIDS
(ages 4-6 depending on readiness)

Monday – Thursday : 10:00am – 2:00pm
(September – August)

Monthly Family Membership = $4,500 Pesos/ learner*

*** Includes monthly learner excursions and family access for parents/ guardians to community center resources including space use, workshops, offerings and other opportunities for connection and learning.

 

STEPS FOR ENROLLMENT

  1. Ensure your educational values align with unschooling &  self-directed model. Research unschooling and self-directed education and spend time listening to our podcast Radical Learning Talks and reading through the ASDE website.
  2. Watch this webinar created by Raising Free People Unschool: “Is an ALC a Great Fit for Your Family?” We have made this free for interested families.
  3. After watching the video, complete an application below.
  4. If we feel that values are aligned, we will reach out to schedule an in person/ online interview.
  5. If we decide together that your family may be a good fit for our community (and vice versa), we can then schedule a visiting week to ensure it flows for all before committing to enrollment.
  6. Commitment to enrollment is completing by signing an enrollment agreement. 
  

Apply for Wild & Free Kids Here

 OUR COMMITMENT TO ACCESSIBILITY & EQUITY

As we grow, we try to balance accessibility with sustainability. We are always looking at our membership fee process to make sure we’re being responsible to our current families and to the future health of the program. We do everything possible to meet families where they are and supplement membership cost when supporting funds are available. By trusting families to be generous and reasonable we increase our accessibility and the diversity of our community center.

We try never to turn a family away based on finances. There is a space on the application for you to share details about your membership offer if you are unable to pay the full monthly fee. 

LEARNING HAPPENS IN COMMUNITY

By enrolling your learner in a youth program, you are enrolling in a family membership and are committing to being a part of the Explora Agile Learning Community, where members of all ages (including parents & kids) chart their own learning path by exploring and sharing their unique passions, interests and curiosities. You understand that Explora is not a conventional school, but rather an unschooling learning community focused on centering connection, valuing personal choice, mutual support and building consent based & equitable relationships. Families commit to participating in parent meetings, workshops and trainings and explore offerings and other opportunities for connection and learning.