We love to use games! There’s a reason games are naturally fun…they’re challenging, make you think and suck you in. Games exercise a different portion of the brain than those used for memorizing, reading or listening and are an excellent way to break up a school day and keep minds fresh.
They hone skills of attention, observation and thinking ahead. They connect players and open dialogues. We have enjoyed using various games in our co-op.
Rethink may have field days or field trips each week, depending on what everyone wants to do. They don’t have to be far or complicated, just spending an hour or two in the foothills or at Newton Dam or anywhere along the Bear River can be a lot of fun.
Students are taught to pay attention to their environment and observe. They learn to navigate and plan a route to their destination. We want students to learn to feel at home in nature and have it become a part of them. We want them to know it, be familiar with it and learn to love and respect it.
Lunch at the park is optional after school is done. Students are expected to bring their own lunch. If individual age groups want to cook lunch with their mentors as part of their school for the day they’re welcome to do that too, we’ve done that in the past & it’s been a lot of fun.
Kids will be given leadership opportunities and will be expected to look out for and help one another. We’re not here to discipline other people’s kids, if someone is out of line they’ll be asked to go home.
We will be cautious about social distancing and preventing personal contact.
Students at Rethink take an active role in accounting for one another, planning field days and field trips, meal planning, project planning and more.
Each student gets a turn being leader, learning to counsel with their fellow students and adult mentors, being aware of and meeting needs and problem solving. Rethink adopts a culture of “we” rather than a culture of “me”.
At Rethink we also teach basic personal management skills, teaching students to follow simple plans as well as write down and refer to goals. The techniques used emphasize basic effective skill building.