Welcome to Klahanie School ~ Montessori Early Education & Mentorship ~ Antibias Antiracism Social Justice Programming Foundations
Klahanie School stands in solidarity with the movement for racial and gender justice and equity. We are committed more than ever towards working diligently on a future for our children, our youth, and where all people are treated with respect. We continue to learn, grow and make more conscious, respectful and listening practices for today and everyday moving forward together on our shared ground, Earth.
We acknowledge and recognize that we are on the ancestral lands and traditional home of the sx̌ʷəbabš Coast Salish Native People, the first people of Vashon Island. they were forcibly removed from these lands and relocated onto neighboring Reservations, including Puyallup, Nisqually, Squaxin Island, and Muckleshoot. We honor the island itself and the sx̌ʷəbabš people past and present.
With the practice of presence, acceptance and nurturing while a child experiences new levels of human emotion, a safe environment in our school’s early education program is created so children may freely express emotions. Social-Emotional intelligence education and benchmarks are the core component to the school’s peace development curriculum using Indigenous Circle honoring and exploring. We are focused on expanding the child’s love of self, others, earth and learning. Children are encouraged in a nurturing method to actively explore the world at his/her own pace. Klahanie is the Indigenous language meaning, “enjoyment of the outside world” and that is exactly what we encourage for human enrichment; the appreciation, love and respect of the world we are offered in order to further the growth of self and greater world care. Our intention is to instill a love of life and the confidence necessary to explore our ever-changing world.
The Montessori philosophy foundation is "Follow the child". Using the interests and needs of the children as a guide, a learning environment is created. The environment is prepared to be developmentally appropriate and interesting while nurturing the creative and problem solving methods. The prepared environment encourages children to move about at will, making choices and building skills toward independence, empowerment and love of learning.
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Our Social Justice curriculum is founded on the honoring of Indigenous, ancient Circle practice, Compassionate Listening, Anti-Bias and Emotional Intelligence for our multi-age classroom models, and practiced daily throughout the day. Our additional education is offered through movement (dance, yoga, safe climbing exploration), music, language (English, Hawaiian, French and Spanish vocabulary introduction), exploration of the earth (introduction to plants and the care of them) and exposure to compassionate listening/ communicating. Peace work through Mindfulness and Social Emotional supports introduction, support and practice is focused on a daily basis.
The practice of self empowerment, healthy relationship practices and prevention is a focal point for Klahanie School team to offer youth healthy skill foundations with Permission and Consent based learnings and play practice. Skill Sets to use when life becomes more complicated and impacting. A thriving society supports all individuals in achieving their full potential and in being fully valued.
Please consider links below to begin discussions about race, gender, privilege and equity to support the work we are committed to daily practice through learning, growing and providing in our community. Klahanie School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnic origin, learning processes or financial abilities. We look forward to continuing our sustainable commitment to Antibias Antiracism Montessori Early Education programming for early learner peace practitioners and families.
Gender Spectrum https://genderspectrum.org/
What If All the Kids Are White?: Anti-Bias Multicultural Education with Young Children and Families by Louise Derman-Sparks and Patricia G. Ramsey
Why I Talk About Race When I Read with My Toddler http://racecounscious.org
How To Talk to Kids about Race and Racism http://parenttoolkit.com
100 Race Conscious Things You Can Say To Your Child http://raceconscious.org
Comprehensive look at the Antibias foundations, https://www.teachingforchange.org/ and https://www.teachingforchange.org/anti-bias-education