Little Lake is creating a community for self-directed learning
15

patrons

$261
per month

Little Lake Learning Community is an unschooling community and Agile Learning Center serving ages 5-18, and based in Ypsilanti, MI.

We’ve been open since 2010, operated collaboratively by the students, staff and parents of our community.


At the Little Lake Learning Community, our philosophy is fundamentally based in trusting young people to know what’s best for themselves. Our community practices are rooted in principles of autonomy, learning as natural and inevitable, experiences as greater than content, and growth as a process. Our community seeks to support students to take ownership of their own education. All choices about what students want to do with their day are considered educationally valid and there is no compulsory curriculum. Students are able to freely explore their interests and find new resources and interests in a community of nurturing adults and other interested students. Play is an integral part of learning. Through play, people explore new avenues of thought, are engaged intrinsically, and often run into problems which they themselves want to solve. Learning that is not integral to a person’s experience is often either uninteresting or forgettable. We strive to meet students where they are at, and help them to learn what they feel is important to them. In doing so we aim to cultivate a learning space where students make decisions for themselves and take responsibility for their education and continuing development, and more broadly still, themselves as individuals.


Young people are not oblivious to the world around them, in fact they are curious. All people learn at their own pace, whether they attend a traditional school or not. Our community fosters individual development according to a schedule that the student feels comfortable with. Eventually reading, writing, math, science, etc. become important to the student because they need to know these skills in order to meet their own goals. In short we strive to build a community where students make the decisions which impact them.
In addition to an open curriculum and resources for diverse interests, we run our community on consensus with all decisions made by those that are affected by the outcomes. Using facilitation tools developed by other Agile Learning Centers, Students, staff, and often parents intentionally create community culture, make decisions on how the community functions, and navigate sharing a learning space together. Through participating in this process, students learn to take action when they want to change something, consider the interests of others, and practice negotiating solutions that work for everyone.

Paying for rent and staff on a shoestring budget like ours, that fluctuates with our sliding scale tuition program, can be a little dodgy. It would make a world of a difference if we could rely on monthly contributions from our greater community to help subsidize our commitment to financial accessibility to all families.

Help keep us going by becoming a Patron!


Tiers
Dandelion Seed
$10 or more per month 9 patrons


$10/month may not seem like a lot, but it adds up! $10 could fund a student project!
Sprout
$20 or more per month 2 patrons

 Hey, thanks! $20 means more than you'd think for a bare-bones budget like ours. This would cover gas or bus fare for a field trip!
Flower
$50 or more per month 2 patrons


Good gracious! We'd only need 18 Patrons at this tier to cover  our monthly rent!!
Goals
$261 of $300 per month


Help us reach out second goal of earning $300 a month from our patrons!

This amount would cover the monthly tuition of a sliding scale family!!
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Little Lake Learning Community is an unschooling community and Agile Learning Center serving ages 5-18, and based in Ypsilanti, MI.

We’ve been open since 2010, operated collaboratively by the students, staff and parents of our community.


At the Little Lake Learning Community, our philosophy is fundamentally based in trusting young people to know what’s best for themselves. Our community practices are rooted in principles of autonomy, learning as natural and inevitable, experiences as greater than content, and growth as a process. Our community seeks to support students to take ownership of their own education. All choices about what students want to do with their day are considered educationally valid and there is no compulsory curriculum. Students are able to freely explore their interests and find new resources and interests in a community of nurturing adults and other interested students. Play is an integral part of learning. Through play, people explore new avenues of thought, are engaged intrinsically, and often run into problems which they themselves want to solve. Learning that is not integral to a person’s experience is often either uninteresting or forgettable. We strive to meet students where they are at, and help them to learn what they feel is important to them. In doing so we aim to cultivate a learning space where students make decisions for themselves and take responsibility for their education and continuing development, and more broadly still, themselves as individuals.


Young people are not oblivious to the world around them, in fact they are curious. All people learn at their own pace, whether they attend a traditional school or not. Our community fosters individual development according to a schedule that the student feels comfortable with. Eventually reading, writing, math, science, etc. become important to the student because they need to know these skills in order to meet their own goals. In short we strive to build a community where students make the decisions which impact them.
In addition to an open curriculum and resources for diverse interests, we run our community on consensus with all decisions made by those that are affected by the outcomes. Using facilitation tools developed by other Agile Learning Centers, Students, staff, and often parents intentionally create community culture, make decisions on how the community functions, and navigate sharing a learning space together. Through participating in this process, students learn to take action when they want to change something, consider the interests of others, and practice negotiating solutions that work for everyone.

Paying for rent and staff on a shoestring budget like ours, that fluctuates with our sliding scale tuition program, can be a little dodgy. It would make a world of a difference if we could rely on monthly contributions from our greater community to help subsidize our commitment to financial accessibility to all families.

Help keep us going by becoming a Patron!


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Tiers
Dandelion Seed
$10 or more per month 9 patrons


$10/month may not seem like a lot, but it adds up! $10 could fund a student project!
Sprout
$20 or more per month 2 patrons

 Hey, thanks! $20 means more than you'd think for a bare-bones budget like ours. This would cover gas or bus fare for a field trip!
Flower
$50 or more per month 2 patrons


Good gracious! We'd only need 18 Patrons at this tier to cover  our monthly rent!!