Self Directed learning through exploration and community.
Lilac ALC is an inclusive agile learning community serving homeschoolers in California's Central Valley. We focus on equality, exploration, critical thinking, community outreach, child led learning and mutual respect.
At Lilac ALC learners engage in activities that are offered by trained Agile Learning Facilitators (ALFs). These educational offerings include, but are not limited to, engineering challenges, science experiments, literature circles, arts and crafts activities, woodworking, horticulture, video and audio production, drama, math instruction, field trips to local museums and other locations for history studies, and nature studies. Students and ALFs partner to find resources to deepen the students’ knowledge in their various areas of interest. Family members are active participants at Lilac ALC and are encouraged to facilitate offerings to share their areas of expertise with the community of learners. At Lilac ALC, homeschool families join together to create opportunities to learn from one another, curriculum, hands-on projects, family field trips, online resources, and local experts. Students set their intentions each morning, sharing what they are going to be working on, what offerings they will attend, and/or their plans to learn a new skill that day. These intentions are recorded in writing and shared verbally in a morning small-group meeting facilitated by an ALF. At the end of the day, students reflect on their day of learning and share with their small groups and ALFs what they learned and what they plan to work on in the following days/weeks. These morning and afternoon meetings foster students’ practice of engaging in cycles of learning (i.e., setting of intentions, creation, reflection, sharing).