Climbing the Mountains

“Everyone wants to live on the top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.” – A. Rooney

Imagine this… you look out your window one morning and are surprised to see mysterious mountains in the distance. They are purple in the early light and shrouded in fog. Every now and then, you glimpse a summit shining in the sunlight. 

You are pulled to climb those mountains. There is something exciting about them. You know it will be challenging but that will be part of the journey. You are ready to run out the door on this new adventure. Today is the day!

Your hand is on the doorknob when you pause and think, “Should I start this new journey right now or should I put together supplies and tools that I might need for the climb ahead? Should I take this journey alone or should I invite friends to join me?”

This is the metaphor of the hero’s journey at The Village School. The distant mountains represent Discovery Studio. Spark Studio is all about preparing for the adventure.

Spark Journey Map

This week, Spark learners were introduced to their very own map. They are “packing their backpacks” with the tools needed for learning. The basics are the fundamentals of reading, writing, and math, but even more importantly, Spark learners will learn to be. They will “pack” focus for 30 minutes or more. They will “pack” problem-solving and self-advocacy. They will “pack” conflict resolution and respecting others’ space. They will be curious, supportive leaders ready for the climb ahead.

Spark learners get to add each tool and skill to their backpack. By the time they leave Spark, they will have a whole backpack full of skills that will help them successfully learn and climb the mountains in Discovery.

Discovery Journey Map

It doesn’t matter how old you are. Planning a trip, preparing for a climb, setting a big goal- the possibility of an adventure is exciting!

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