Our programs take place at our new campus located close to Bent Creek on three beautiful acres of terraced fields, trees, creek, and small ponds. Because of COVID, we're spending most of our time outside, and have setup multiple spots for the variety of activities that take place every day: an open workshop for woodwork and maker/tinkering space, an aerial gym, flexible classroom spaces, art space, yoga/movement space, a field for soccer and other field games, and chill space with hammocks. We also have a large collection of books, board games, musical instruments, and Montessori-inspired loose parts for creating endless imaginary play.
Roots is ZigZag's program for young kids ages 4-7. We focus on nature play, exploration, 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 Democratic/Sudbury Schools, the history of play based progressive early childhood schools, and studies of Reggio Emilia. Enroll
The Branches program at ZigZag is designed for ages 8-15. We use light-weight structures for self-organization and intentional culture creation, allowing kids to engage authentically with the world through their passions and strengths. Our learning environment embraces choice, along with collaboration between kids, facilitators, other adult community members, and the larger community in Asheville. We are all about creating space and using tools that support kids, facilitators, and parents in having a voice and taking an active role in creating the community they want. Enroll
Offers are made by kids, facilitators, and other community members we invite during "Set the Day Circle". They vary widely based on interest. Some of our recurring offers include Mystery Science, Beast Academy math, comic book making, flow arts, lego robotics, sewing, field games, singing circles, yoga, obstacle courses, jewelry making, storytelling ...
In addition to daily offers made by our community, kids also vote on classes they want to have so they can build accumulative knowledge and skills. Here's our lineup of classes for Fall '22.
We want to extend our power-with liberation work beyond our interaction with kids at ZigZag, so we offer monthly Family Meetups. They're a space where we share de-schooling tools, power-with training, and provide a space to support each other in practicing connected parenting at home.