Why Acton Academy?

Why Acton Academy?

As a homeschool graduate and entrepreneur, I am attracted to high quality, alternative education. After hearing about Acton and visiting one of the 200 campuses, our family moved to a different state join this community of like-minded families. At Acton, “Learning to Do” and “Learning to Be” are even more important than “Learning to Know.”

Acton Academy starts at age 4 years and 9 months (K4). The Sparks Studio is K4-1st grade in a Montessori-style classroom – lots of hands on learning with plenty of time outdoors. My 6 year old loves it. Along with learning letters, numbers, etc. She is learning to take responsibility, leadership skills, becoming more confident, getting better at communication and managing emotions. Instead of getting angry when she doesn’t get her way, she now says cute things like, “Mom, when you don’t let me eat ice cream, it’s hurts my feelings.” 

Our 8 year old daughter has attended Acton for 3 years and is currently in the Adventure Studio (2nd-5th). We have seen her grow so much! She is thriving in this collaborative learning environment, interacting with her peers while participating in student-led learning, hands on projects, socratic discussions, and group quests. The studio is run mostly by the learners themselves, as they take responsibility for their own education, challenge each other to do their best work, and hold each other accountable to clearly established guidelines.

Why I love Acton…

  • I want my children to love learning and enjoy the process, not just check boxes to get it done. 
  • I want practical, hands-on projects, rather than artificial scenarios and worksheets.
  • I want learning to be fun. Learning through play with lots of time outdoors in the fresh air and sunshine, exploring and enjoying the wonders of creation.
  • I want a positive, encouraging atmosphere, surrounded by people who complement their strengths, while working on their weak areas without that being the primary focus.
  • I do NOT want my children to be told WHAT to think, but rather to learn HOW to think for themselves.
  • I want my children to learn to take responsibility for own choices. 
  • I want my children to learn teamwork and to hold themselves and others accountable.
  • I want them to learn how to resolve conflict in a healthy way, and to be able to respectfully disagree and still be friends with people who think differently than they do. 
  • I want to raise children who are strong and resilient, not drama-creators. 
  • I want them to be leaders, innovators, inventors, and creative problem solvers.
  • I do NOT want my children to learn how to fit in, how to conform to the norm, or fulfill the status quo. I want them to be confident in who they are and to stand out because of their strengths and talents and gifts. 
Becky TheBahaMama

Becky TheBahaMama

I spend my time making Custom Softbands and Accessories for Ponto, AdHear and Baha hearing devices. I am also a published author. I wanted our daughter to see herself represented in a story - a little girl who has facial differences and wears BAHA hearing aids. The book grew to include some of our friends who are all so wonderfully different. My first book, “Wonderfully Different, Wonderfully Me” features a diverse group of children and celebrates each child’s unique strengths. All children can see themselves in at least one of the characters, whether they look similar, or have the same interests or personality. "Wonderfully Different, Wonderfully Me" is the children's book that belongs in every household and classroom, to promote inclusion, acceptance, and friendship. Order your copt at: wonderfullymebooks.com

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