At Raw Learning the three "Rs" are taught across the curriculum and integrated into the classes. By teaching reading, writing, and arithmetic (as well as history, science, social studies, etc) this way the students learn real life applications and the true importance of these fundamental skills.
The most important learning takes place outside of classes. Social and emotional intelligence are essential for students to be thriving happy independent adults. These skills are primarily learned through self directed interactions with others. Most of the time students enjoy being with other students or being at Raw Learning just as much or more than they look to participate in a class. They are excited to stay after the class and interact with others and are usually sad if they have to leave if they are only enrolled in a class.
Classes are open for free to every person who is at Raw Learning while the class is in session from 8:30-3:30. People younger than 5 may need their parent to stay with them during the class to be there if they need extra help.
Daytime classes and attendance have open enrollment and are available at all times during the trimester.
Unless otherwise noted, class fees are due the first class meeting or first day of attendance at Raw Learning.
If a student is enrolled in Raw Learning during the class, then the student pays nothing (except any special materials cost).
If a student is not enrolled in Raw Learning during the class, then the student pays the class fee.
All class fees and attendance fees can be reduce by volunteering. Please contact Gleamer if you are interested.
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Click on the calendar tab to see a compact list, with out descriptions, of the classes available.
All student teachers have an adult advisor who insures that the class is well prepared and engaging. Some of the most well attended classes are taught by advisor supported student teachers.
Learn the basics of woodworking with simple hands-on projects to build your confidence and skills. We will explore basic concepts of and safety related to cutting, drilling, using simple tools and some basic power tools.
Do you want to think well on your feet? Do you like acting and theater? Then this class is for you! We will have fun and games, create skits, and perhaps have our own Raw Learning Live! No previous experience needed.
everyone can draw - discovering the artist in you
Tuesdays from 9:00-10:00 (occasionally beginning at 8:30)
This class will encourage the artist within each of us. We will be experimenting with pencils, charcoal, chalk, and markers; drawing blindfolded and with our non-dominate hand; drawing to music and by touch. Each class will have a sharing time, a short drawing exercise and a specific drawing assignment. Examples: Still life, self portraits, mandalas, sidewalk art, stick figures, figure drawing, morphing letters, perspective, landscapes, doodling, tracing and impossible shapes. On occasion we will go to nearby locations for our drawing assignments. These classes will begin at 8:30.
This class will focus on the exploration of skin care and basic makeup application, hair care and styling, as well as nail care. During this 11 week program students will learn about the history behind each of these areas and will use their creativity to practice hair, skin, and nail care techniques. In the skin care unit students will have the opportunity to create their own body scrub and face mask! They will learn basic nail painting techniques in the nail care unit and will use their imaginations to create nail art. Everyone was created beautiful in their own way. The goal of this class is to teach self care for hair, skin and nails, along with ways to creatively express that beauty through various hair styling, makeup application, and nail enhancements!
Fast food can be yummy, but is often unhealthy and certainly more expensive than making it fresh. In this class we'll try to recreate some of the more popular fast good offerings and enjoy them without having to visit a drive thru.
Enter the Raw Academy for Witches and Wizards (RAWW) and learn about this elite but little known school in Harry Potter's world. Our studies will include the biographies of Harry Potter and episodes of wizarding history in America.
Each student will be sorted into houses, which will earn house points by completing activities and having fun! Acceptance letters will be delivered by Owl Post so please register for attendance as soon as possible. Late admittance will be at the discretion of the head mistress. (I have it on good authority that she is lenient and loves students!)
We will literally be digging in for the spring season at the Alleghany Mountain Institute's Urban Farm on the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind campus. They have 2 long plots designated for Raw Learning. We will be preparing, seeding, and tending the plots. We will also spend time with the land of the farm as it is beautiful. All the while we will be attuned to our innate belonging to Nature. The class includes 10 minute walks to and from the farm.
We will also go on a field trip to visit another farm.
In this class Anson and Chris will teach you how to play Counter-Strike Global:Offensive. There will be local competitive matches.
This class is for mature students who are not easily offended, disturbed, or frightened.
To participate in this class it is recommended that you bring your own computer and have a Counter-Strike : Global Offensive account through Steam, which costs $15.
There are 5 sub-par computers provided by Raw Learning.
There are a few extra log ins to share at Raw Learning, if a student does not have a Counter-Strike : Global Offensive account. They may not be able to play the entire time and may have to share with another student.