Curriculum Spotlight

Place-Based Learning

Teaching that we all have stewardship for the world in which we live is a core element of Walden's mission. Experiential, immersive learning experiences encourage students to be both curious and critical thinkers about their community and our world. 

Developmentally, elementary children are concrete learners who learn most deeply through directly seeing, feeling, listening to, touching, and experiencing the content and themes they are studying. Place–based education is the process of using the local community, history, and environment as a starting point to teach concepts in language arts, mathematics, social studies, science and other curricular concepts. Emphasizing hands-on, real-world learning experiences, this approach increases academic achievement, helps students develop stronger ties to their community, enhances students’ appreciation for the natural world, and creates a heightened commitment to serving as active, contributing citizens.  In the 2018-2019 school year, students engaged with local content and learned how to make a positive impact on their community through these curricular initiatives: