Updated 2024-02-23

Mosaic Pathways

We are a community of homeschool learners naturally exploring authenticity through connection and opportunity for discovery of individual strengths, interests, and values in an environment that is flexible, differentiated, and unconventional.
Tammy Fenster founder
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North Chesterfield, VA  23235
United States

SDE Optimizing Conditions

ASDE surveys all SDE communities/programs about how they provide, enhance, or align with each of the Six Optimizing Conditions for young people to succeed in SDE.  Survey answers:
  1. Responsibility – Students make a choice to come to school, attendance is not required. They choose when and how to engage in play, discovery, crafts, reading, socializing, academics etc. given opportunities from strewing items of interest.
  2. Youth Autonomy – We honor choice for unlimited time to play, interact with peers, and follow their inner guidance by discovering what keeps their interest and what creates boredom. We are present within the space to guide or join in as requested or needed.
  3. Access to Tools and Technology – Students have freedom to access personal technology (iPads, laptop, phone), use tools with clay, creative expression with instruments on a stage, kitchen tools for cooking, and natural outdoor objects (pine cones, sticks, garden tools).
  4. Adult Allies – Mentors and volunteers are an important aspect to our unschooling education. We have a regular adult that spends 25% of school time to play and hang out with those who choose to. Currently searching for additional mentors.
  5. Free Age Mixing – Our classroom supports students K-8th grades with other room spaces for students to migrate to for 1:1 or alone time. Adult guides are a part of discussions, play, and connection. Learning how to connect and problem solve works beautifully.
  6. Community – Parents and students are members of our homeschool community who have voice in choice and decision making...individually and as a whole. We share resources and support one another in our community.

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