Our programs take place on our campus located in south West Asheville on 2 ½ beautiful acres of terraced fields, trees, creek, small ponds, and a bee hive. Our indoor spaces include flexible classroom spaces, an aerial gym, maker/tinkering space, art space, yoga/movement room, music room, kitchen, library, and personal workspaces.
Roots is ZigZag's program for young kids ages 3-6. We focus on freedom, nature play, and community, with the guidance of natural rhythms for flowing through our day with safe, loving and empathetic supports and structures. In addition to the agile learning philosophies, ZigZag Roots builds on ideas from Waldorf education, the history of play based progressive early childhood schools, and studies of Reggio Emilia. Enroll
The Branches program at ZigZag is designed for ages 7-12. We use light-weight structures for self-organization and intentional culture creation, allowing students to engage authentically with the world through their passions and strengths. Our learning environment embraces choice, along with collaboration between students, facilitators, other adult community members, and the larger community in Asheville. We are all about creating space and using tools that support students, facilitators, and parents in having a voice and taking an active role in creating the community they want. Enroll
January-May 2020, we will offer the following focused classes, in addition to the various other daily offers made by facilitators and kids.
Mondays: Build a Tree House (Ages 9-13) Enroll
Mark Crave, founder of Liminal Feats, will be leading us in designing and building a new and exciting play structure in the trees. We will learn about engineering, arboriculture, and carpentry, all hands on. This is project-based education at its best! Check out Mark's work at liminalfeats.com.
This is a full day class, 9am-3pm. We will have focused time with Mark for about 3 hours, and the rest of the time kids will choose between continuing work on the Tree House, or joining any of the other offers brought in by facilitators and kids that day.
Session 1: January 6 - March 16 (11 weeks). Cost: $429.
Session 2: March 23 - June 1 (8 weeks). No class 4/6, 4/13, 5/25. Cost: $312.
Wednesdays: Social Justice Brought to Life (Ages 9-13) Enroll
Through art-making, storytelling, video, and music, we will explore, name, and disrupt racism, classism, ageism, sexism, homophobia and other forms of oppression, while learning how to care for ourselves, one another, and our wider communities. Taught by Keli Bryan, an artist, and Hany Nagib, a person of color with lots of experience teaching social justice to both kids and grownups.
This is a 1-hour class, 10am-11am, January 8 - February 26 (8 weeks). Cost $80.
Offers are made by facilitators, kids, and other community members we invite. They vary widely based on interest and duration. Some of our regularly occurring offers include Mystery Science, Beast Academy math, comic book making, flow arts, lego robotics, sewing, computer coding, field games, singing circle, yoga, obstacle courses, jewelry making, and storytelling.
Learning doesn't end at our campus border, so we bought a 15-passenger van that we use to go on a different field trip every Friday. Some are pre-planned, some we plan together based on interest, and some are spontaneous. This year, we’re exploring local parks and hikes to waterfalls, visiting children’s museums, arranging activities at the nature center, forestry services, AMOS, arboretum, and farms. We'll go roller skating, biking, skateboarding, and rock wall climbing. We will play in creeks, rivers, and splash parks. We will visit businesses to learn how they do things. On our list of businesses this year is a glass blowing studio, The Hop Creamery, a fiber mill, a fishery, and a sewage treatment plant.