The Full Story
Spirit of Play uses a somatic approach to learning, which implies facilitation that trusts individuals to learn from and listen to the information they are receiving from the interaction of the self with the environment. Somatic or embodied knowing is experiential knowledge that involves senses, perceptions, and mind-body actions and responses. Western culture has been dominated by the separation of cognitive knowledge from embodied knowledge and the distrust of bodily knowing.
We hold space with the understanding that the body comes first and is not separate from its environment. The body is recognized as a source of knowledge, empowerment over dominant culture, evolving empathy, and honoring diversity. Our pathway is embodied in which a holistic approach to curriculum development, facilitating, learning, and research, brings the body back into experiential practice (education).
Spirit of Play is based on a biomimicry design, a pathway grounded in systems that reflect the patterns and principles in community ecology. This approach is the most resilient and stable system known to us. Ecosystems are self-replicating, self-propagating, and self-maintaining, increase in complexity and resiliency over time, and use resources effectively by cycling them through tens of thousands of interactions. Every organism depends on countless others and, in turn, relies upon the whole. Therefore, the goal of education is not the acquisition of knowledge but the intertwining of experiences. The experience held in trust allows children to truly individuate and move out into the world with a sense of self.
Our pathways aim to create communities rooted in empathy, compassion, healing, interconnection, altruism, and creative problem-solving. We combine previously disconnected concepts into new circumstances, bringing back supported lived experiences into the community, evolving caring and courageous kids.
We believe childhood is joyful and wholesome, and the value of climbing trees, harvesting veggies, and catching frogs is part of the human experience. We believe empathy, love, curiosity, and altruism are the trusted foundation of learning. We believe in the healing power of connecting the rhythms of the earth.
Teachers, children, & community are free to explore in the moment experience where true learning tasks place.
Our mission is to hold space and meet children where they are while indwelling authentic relationships with self, community, and the earth.
Our vision is to evoke a relationship with our birthrights to evolve a harmonious way of moving in the community.
Teaching is an Art Form
Jennifer Jeffcoat MPH, CST, PPN-E, PPN-P, CH.t
Hello Scio and the surrounding Community, I am so honored to be joining the community. My story is one filled with the love of family, learning, and connection to nature. I have been holding space for little ones & families for over 26yrs as a Waldorf teacher, midwife assistant, lactation consultant, birth/postpartum doula, biodynamic craniosacral therapist, neurosensory motor integration therapist, and spiritual developmental parent educator. I also have a Bs in alternative medicine, with a focus on homeopathy. My educational path reflects my curiosity about what it means to be fully human and feel safe in my physical body. I have trained with many amazing souls along the way and look forward to growing and sharing all that I have embodied with the greater Scio Community.
Regenerative Farming & Herbology Facilitator, & Curriculum Development
Brianna Jeffcoat-Scio Program
Certified Awakened Preschool/Grade Facilitator & Parent Educator
Work in progress!
Hannah Melo-Scio Program
I have been a preschool teacher for 6 years and have a passion for supporting my students and their families to the best of my abilities. I also love to garden, cook, bake, create ceramic pieces... I dabble in so many things as I always find something new to be interested in!
I received my Bachelor's degree in Human Development but part of working with young children and their families requires being a life long learner as I strive to deepen my understanding of myself and how to better support others. My passion for learning also helps in developing my seemingly endless hobbies and I think we learn best when there is actual interest involved! I personally learn best through interactive hands on experience and I think most of my young students would agree with that sentiment.
Bio coming soon!