Life-Learning

Kid Cultivators Homeschool Community

Our primary activity over the last few years has been the Kid Cultivators Homeschool Community. Kid Cultivators Home School Group is an inclusive support group for those living in the Atlanta-metro area new to homeschooling and/or experienced in homeschooling. Discussion topics focus on homeschooling, general learning, educational methods, and curricula to name a few. We share information on resources, field trips, activities and other opportunities pertinent to our needs. Our group is interfaith and not affiliated with any one religion, denomination or spiritual path–we welcome everyone! We do not tolerate discrimination against people based on ethnicity, race, gender, sexual identity, faith, family size or type.

Kid Cultivators Home School Group is seeking to build a strong community in the form of a very active home school support group. As a group we are here for each other for encouragement, for exchange of ideas, for information and to share our passion for teaching and learning with our children. We meet in person, and often, some of us open our homes to others for activities. Because of this, we may seem a little more cautious about who joins our group. If you are interested in joining the group, please fully complete the registration form in the sidebar, upload a clear profile photo of you by yourself and be prepared to submit a separate photo of you with your homeschooling children upon request. Remember that the caution we use will protect you and your family as it does us and ours!

 


Sustainable Living™

Kid Cultivators’ first initiative was Successful Living™, a series of trainings designed to grow teens and those who work with them through relationship, leadership and character development. Later we added trainings related to growing food, referring to them as LifeGarden Quests. We now refer to all our training collectively as Sustainable Living. Sustainable Living fieldtrips, workshops and service learning projects train youth and the adults in their lives in the habits of character, leadership, relational and agricultural sustainability.

We offer our trainings independently and as supplemental programming to organizations that are already providing services to our target groups. Previous service partners and clients include the Center for Pan-Asian Community Services, Heifer International and The Paideia School via Glover Family Farm as well as BCJ Academy, Morris Brown Upward Bound, State YMCA of Georgia, Young Life, the School for the Common Good and other schools, civic organizations and faith communities throughout the US.

Below is a list of our character, leadership, relational trainings. You can find a list of nature-based trainings here.

For Youth (12 & up)

Individual workshops can be combined to form multi-day cultural competence trainings.

    Growing Greatness
    This workshop focuses on empowering adolescents and adults to live lives of principle guided, relational success not just individual accomplishment. Through involvement and reflective discussions, insightful activities and real life role-plays, participants will practice identifying and organizing their priorities with an understanding of the immutable laws of relationship and leadership. They will develop the tools to cultivate plant and tend the seeds of greatness in their own lives and lives of others.

    HeartSmarts
    Did you know that ‘heart–smarts’ impact personal success much more than ‘head–smarts’ ever will? Skills such as tenacity, optimism, self-discipline and empathy are a part of what we call ‘heart–smarts’ or emotional intelligence. To master these skills is to master self and to increase your ability to build strong relationships. Share in small group activities especially designed to help students, teachers and parents improve the quality of their interaction with each other.

    Together We Stand
    All the talent in the world won’t guarantee a team’s success. Unless team members live as a team, worked as a team and think as a team, they will never consistently succeed as a team. Learn the secrets of group success; then put them into practice and our very own team tournament of champions.

    Peacemaker
    There are three ways to handle conflict: (1) avoid it; (2) improve relations; or (3) eliminate interaction altogether. The challenge is how to know when to do which. How do you decide? Once you’ve decided how do you make your intentions reality? Discover your options with us using real-life scenarios. Strengthen your skill and resolve to live in peace… no matter the cost.

    Building Bridges
    Differences between cultures and generations, though real, are not meant to divide. They are meant to fuel a creative tension that if harnessed can change the world. Learn how to bridge the man may divide between races and/or ages by confronting the issues of race and age head-on with someone unlike yourself.

    All Eyes on You
    How long does it take to make a positive impression? 30 seconds is initially all you have– which means that you have a very short time in which to accomplish a great deal. When comes to making positive impressions, practice really does make perfect. So come practice with us.

For Parents
    Parenting on Purpose: What’s In Your Toolbox?
    Use what you’ve got to creatively solve issues in your home. Find out about other tools you can add to benefit yourself and your family.

    Parenting on Purpose: Family Goals & Vision Boarding
    Discover how having family goals can set the tone in your home. Learn steps to flesh out your goals. Create a vision board to display in your home.

    Parenting on Purpose: Family Ties
    Success in life begins at home. What happens when a parent and child aren’t improper relationship with one another? Who is there to help the child navigate the more difficult passages of life? This workshop is designed to involve parents and adolescents together, practicing the skills of healthy parent–child interaction.

    Parenting on Purpose: Not Raising a Menace
    Children learn to value what their parents value for them. Sadly, even well-meaning parents often unwittingly encourage the most unsustainable attitudes and actions in their children and are then flabbergasted at how their children turn out. In his presentation parents learn how to avoid many of the pitfalls have haunted parents since antiquity.

    Parenting on Purpose: The Child Just Won’t Listen!
    If you’ve ever thought this, you’re absolutely right. Children learn with all five of their senses (and maybe more). The challenge becomes having a strategy that engages the whole job and keeps him/her mindful of how s/he should behave. Our Life Garden Discipline Strategy has worked for us, and it can work for you too–at home or at school.

    Homeschooling with Purpose: Made the Decision. Now What?
    Especially for newbies. Learn on the basics on how to get started.

    Homeschooling with Purpose: Beginning with the End in Mind
    Is it your intention to homeschool on up to college, to stop at high school, middle school or just go for a year or two? Knowing how long you plan to go can help you figure out what you need to accomplish in the time you have. Talk through the myriad considerations with facilitators who’ve taken multiple approaches.

    Homeschooling with Purpose: What’s Your Homeschooling Style?
    There are so many ways to homeschool. Come learn about some of the more popular styles as well as some of lesser known methods in which your children can learn at home.

    Homeschooling with Purpose: Setting Goals, Making Plans, Creating Schedules
    Learn the importance of and difference between each of these tasks. Learn some of the benefits of doing so at the beginning of a ‘school year’ to make your year go smoothly.

    Homeschooling with Purpose: Teaching Style / Learning Style
    Did you know that just like learning styles there are teaching styles? Come find out what you’re teaching style is and how it affects your child.

    Homeschooling with Purpose: Choosing Curricula Right for Your Family
    This how-to workshop is filled with information that will help you better identify what’s right for your family in the sea of curriculum options.

    Homeschooling with Purpose: Managing More Than One
    In this workshop, you’ll be given ideas and suggestions on how to move between multiple children on different levels.

    Homeschooling with Purpose: Your Homeschool Budget
    This workshop walks you through budgeting ideas/suggestions for your homeschool year.

    Homeschooling with Purpose: Record Keeping
    There are myriad ways to keep track of what’s going on in your homeschool. Learn what methods and software are out there for documenting each year of your learning.

    Homeschooling with Purpose: Subject-area Workshops
    These workshops are geared for specific subject areas and are very interactive as participants are encouraged to bring their resources and questions to get feedback on and ideas for the upcoming school year. These workshops can be tailored to specific curricula depending upon need. Subject-area breakdowns: Language Arts (Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Writing, Speaking, Handwriting); Mathematics; Social Studies & History; Science & Health; P.E., Recreation, Extracurricular Activities & Social Skills.

    Homeschooling with Purpose: How-To Workshops
    -How-to Teach Reading
    -How-to Create Your Own Unit Studies
    -How-to Teach Writing
    -How-to Teach Math
    -How-to Make a Lapbook
    -How-to Do Nature Study
    -How to Prepare for a Homeschool Conference/Expo (tips & experiences from others)

For Teachers/Youthworkers/Mentors

Individual workshops can be combined to form multi-day cultural sensitivity trainings.

    HeartSmarts
    Did you know that ‘heart–smarts’ impact personal success much more than ‘head–smarts’ ever will? Skills such as tenacity, optimism, self-discipline and empathy are a part of what we call ‘heart–smarts’ or emotional intelligence. To master these skills is to master self and to increase your ability to build strong relationships. Share in small group activities especially designed to help students, teachers and parents improve the quality of their interaction with each other.

    Together We Stand
    All the talent in the world won’t guarantee a team’s success. Unless team members live as a team, worked as a team and think as a team, they will never consistently succeed as a team. Learn the secrets of group success; then put them into practice and our very own team tournament of champions.

    In the Companies of Colleagues
    Leaders are the agents of growth, change and its service in any team . Leaders must be convinced of the principles of team success even more deeply than their team members. Through a series of introspective and cooperative activities and discussions designed for leaders, learn how to establish and maintain a culture of creativity within your team that will have you effectively fulfilling your mission, expanding your vision and meeting the needs of all those you serve.

    Peacemaker
    There are three ways to handle conflict: (1) avoid it; (2) improve relations; or (3) eliminate interaction altogether. The challenge is how to know when to do which. How do you decide? Once you’ve decided how do you make your intentions reality? Discover your options with us using real-life scenarios. Strengthen your skill and resolve to live in peace… no matter the cost.

    Building Bridges
    Differences between cultures and generations, though real, are not meant to divide. They are meant to fuel a creative tension that if harnessed can change the world. Learn how to bridge the man may divide between races and/or ages by confronting the issues of race and age head-on with someone unlike yourself.


The Life Garden™

In the summer of 2004 Kid Cultivators launched The Life Garden home-school tutorial and enrichment program. The Life Garden provided thoughtful parents with a small group, self-paced, holistic education alternative in which children thrive. The research and development phase of the Life Garden ended in 2008. Current plans are to relaunch the initiative as a part of Kingsland Ranch.

The way the initiative is designed, a small group of 4-6 students is assigned to a teacher-mentor of the same gender who is responsible for the academic and character training of her/his group for 4 hours out of a regular day. For the balance of the day groups combine to participate in service learning, recreation, fieldtrips, the arts or other meaningful activities. Much of the enrichment activity centers around agricultural and ecological themes. For example, during our research and development, we volunteered weekly at the Glover Family Farm, an 200 organic acres only 20 miles outside Atlanta, where we learned to grow and sell our own produce in an environmentally responsible and sustainable way.

We want to promote the family as the primary learning institution in a child’s life. Therefore parents were encouraged to utilize our services only to the extent necessary for them to provide a well-rounded home-school experience for their children.