Therapeutic Arts Education
Our curriculum is based on a New Education Model founded at
Appalachian Academy of Therapeutic Arts.
The Therapeutic Arts Education System integrates Mind, Body and Spirit theory through
Ancient Wisdom and Modern-Day Discovery.
We have drawn from a variety of respected and widely acclaimed sources, including:
*The work of Rudolf Steiner
*8-Shields Model of Nature Connection
The Three Pillars of the Therapeutic Arts Education System:
Each Child Attending will Experience:
*Priority Enrollment in On the Forest Floor
located at AATA
*Foundational Education in Language Arts,
Mathematics & Science
*Music lessons specific to their age
*Garden & Farm Animal Care-taking
*Integration of mystical, magical and spiritual philosophy into daily/seasonal rhythms and curriculum
*Somatic Experiencing & other Therapeutic Modalities unique to their Instructors and Mentors
AATA operates on a 3-day week, Tuesday through Thursday, providing for more diversity, flexibility and rejuvenation time in the child's life and family.
Our Kinder *Garden* program follows a Waldorf-based Curriculum with added Nature Immersion elements.
Below, you will find our Weekly Schedule for the GRADES classes. AATA aims to design our days with the focus of allowing a child to fully immerse themselves in nature, while encouraging curiosity through the embodiment of learning.
Forest Floor Nature Connection
Enrolled AATA families receive priority enrollment on Mondays in On the Forest Floor of Asheville.
Equine, Animal arts & permaculture
We offer Equine Education with our five resident horses once per week. Animal Arts & Permaculture are integrated into our rhythm each day. All children engage in the care of 6 goats, 11 chickens and Angora bunnies! Check them out!
This is one of the aspects specific to an AATA experience! We integrate daily teachings of Mindfulness, Meditation & Somatic Awareness. In addition, we integrate community teachers offering dynamic topics such as Drama Therapy, Barefoot Hiking, Communications, EMF Education, and all things Therapeutic! By sharing the joy of consciousness to work with our inner and outer personal expressive nature, we support self mastery in children.
Music classes are offered twice per week. The instrument of AATA is the Baritone Ukulele. Using an interactive approach to music, we seek to deepen the connection with oneself and the world at large through rhythm, harmony & melody.
Language Arts, Mathematics, Ancient Languages and science
Tuesday and Thursday have the same daily schedule with shorter learning blocks of Language Arts/Ancient Language, History, Math, and Science as these subjects lend themselves to mastery through repetition.
Our Days run from 10-4 in 22-23 & 9:30-3:30 in 23-24.
You can find our 22-23 Programming Calendar here.
Below is our 22-23 weekly schedule!