Why do we play Game of Village?
Our Mission is to Empower Young People to Imagine and Build a Better World.
We achieve this with:
Young people learn best by doing, and Village provides rich opportunities for all kinds of experiential learning, including applied academics, the responsibilities of holding down a job, participating in government, using tools, collaborating on group projects and more.
Social Emotional Learning
Village is a very dynamic, busy place, and, as with any dynamic community, issues arise. With the thoughtful support of Village Commissioners, Villagers practice non-violent communication skills to work out their problems with each other.
Village is run by the Villagers! Villagers start their own businesses, manage the bank, trading post, post office and other Village sponsored jobs, they collaborate to resolve conflicts and come up with creative solutions to community issues.
All Villagers participate in daily town hall meetings, nominate, elect and monitor their own government. Whether they are listening quietly, participating as citizens, or serving their community through holding a public office, ALL Villagers gain first hand understanding of democracy, and the of many kinds of people who choose to sit on the government!
Village makes use everyday math skills to design and build their Peeps homes, to balance their checkbooks, run their businesses, Language Arts to write their Peeps biographies, edit the Village Newspaper, or write a proposal for a town center building, and History comes alive as we re-create our own scale model village and engage in a play based exploration of other cultures.
Village is FULL of crafting, designing, and "making" of all sorts! And we use a wide range of assorted hand tools - crafting and building tools! Creativity and exploration keep the natural love of learning ALIVE!