Our 'home' campus is located on Lake Dunmore in Salisbury, Vermont. It is on the western edge of the Green Mountains, about 10 miles south of Middlebury and an hour south of Burlington. The campus hosts a variety of natural communities that make the study of natural sciences convenient and exciting. These include: a swamp, a lake, a marsh, a meadow, and Mt. Moosalamoo with its varied ecosystems.
We provide a week-long program for 4th-8th graders. The focus of the week is "Community". For 7th and 8th grade students we also focus significantly on the natural history of Vermont and the North East. These concepts are explored in the academic portion of the program as well as in the organization of daily living. All students are given Keewaydin Journals that are used throughout the week and especially during each investigation when students take notes on the information covered. In addition to being a personal log, these books become a reference tool and a written record of the students' activities. The KEEC Journals can be utilized by teachers as a method for assessing learning through out the week.
Students, teachers, parent chaperones and KEEC staff function as a large community: eating, sleeping, playing, and working together. Within the large community the students are a part of four smaller communities that consist of the study groups, cabin groups, job groups and the tables for meals. The week spent at Keewaydin is a full, active, exciting learning experience. Living away from home with friends and teachers creates a sense of class cohesiveness as well as individual independence.
KEEC is a place where the ability to do well on tests is less important than the ability to think; where material wealth is less important than a wealth of curiosity. The week at Keewaydin allows many students to shine "in school" for the first time. We have a strong academic base to our program. Investigations are our academic units. Students work in groups of 7 to 9 in active, two-hour investigations led by KEEC instructors. The approach is one of questioning, observing, making hypotheses, and drawing conclusions. The investigations utilize visual, auditory, and hands-on learning styles to reach all types of learners. They require a cooperative effort and emphasize reasoning, critical thinking and problem-solving. These skills are essential components of the learning process and help students make informed, balanced decisions about the environment and the effect they have on it.
|Investigation List (with VT state standards)|