A Natural Learning Approach
We aim to foster a nurturing environment that equips children with the tools and resources necessary to critically think. Our aim is to build self awareness, self reliance and self-responsibility within a natural learning environment.
HOW WE CAN HELP
The current education system doesn't promote how to learn or foster the joy of learning. It sees learning as a separate entity to life, whereas really, learning is happening all the time.
Our wish is for children to feel supported to express their unique intelligences and selves. Our facilitators provide a supportive, nurturing, evolving environment that aims to recognise and foster the potential within each and every child.
BUILD SELF AWARENESS
Through working closely with nature, children learn how to interact with the environment, others and themselves. Children build an awareness of how their thoughts, actions and emotions have a lasting impact. We aim to build childrens' self-awareness and support them in aligning their internal standards, in a way that feels true to them.
BUILD SELF RELIANCE
We allow children, through project-based learning on the farm, to have autonomy and choice in designing solutions to problems and actualising these designs. Incidentally, this will involve children learning many of the skills they would usually learn at school, however within a natural environment.
If we can build childrens' capacity to observe and understand their unique selves and embrace their unique intelligences, they have a higher chance of achieving to their full potential.
Purple Pear Education was born out of a desire to create the type of programs that we would want to send our own children to one day. Our mission is to provide offerings that foster not only authentic learning experiences but experiences that bring joy and a sense of achievement and community to participants. We believe that the core skills of self awareness, self reliance and self responsibility are essential in a rapidly changing and increasingly complex world. We believe that the Permaculture ethics and design principles provide the perfect foundations from which to build our programs, to ensure our participants develop these skills.
Our philosophy values that each child is naturally inquisitive and wired to learn. They are each unique in their personality, unique in what they are naturally drawn towards and unique in the ways in which they learn. The outdoor learning environment fosters childrens' individuality. Through solution-focused, project-based learning, children are provided with plenty of opportunities for autonomy, choice and to make meaningful contributions to collective projects.
CHOOSE YOUR JOURNEY
PURPLE PEAR FARM KIDS
Are you a homeschooling family who’d like to have your child engaged in a day of natural learning? Do you value the environment and your child learning to be self-sufficient? Would you like your child to be socialising with like-minded children? Do you believe children have a natural drive to learn and with guidance can design and create far beyond our expectations?
High School-aged Permaculture
Would you like your teen to learn how to be self-sufficient and build skills essential to contributing to a sustainable future? Do you want them to be provided with autonomy to work on projects of their choice and be guided to solve problems? Do you want them to meet, socialise and work alongside like-minded peers? Would you like them to develop knowledge and understanding of the Permaculture Design Principles and apply these?
LITERACY & NUMERACY TUTORING
Are you looking for 1-on-1 or small groups Literacy or Numeracy tutoring for your child? Would you like your child to be tutored by an experienced and qualified teacher?
PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSE
Are you interested in or curious about Permaculture? Would you like to learn how to design using the Permaculture Design Principles? Would you like to learn how to convert your home garden into a permaculture oasis?
Professional, passionate and down to earth educators with a very holistic approach to childhood development. Highly recommend!
Nigel is an effective operator who builds meaningful relationships with his students and the broader community.
Nigel and Ashleigh are the kindest and most caring positive people I know and are passionate about the world we live in.
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING
Who runs Purple Pear Education?
Ash and Nige Foxton are the owners and educators at Purple Pear Education.
What age groups does Purple Pear Education cater for?
Our Permaculture and Tutoring programs are available for children ranging from Kindergarten age (5) all the way through to Senior High School students (18). We will also intermittently be running Permaculture Design Courses (PDCs) for adults.
What qualifications do the educators have?
Both Ash and Nige are fully qualified and experienced teachers. Nige has also completed two Permaculture Design Courses (PDCs), as well as a Permaculture Internship.
Where is Purple Pear Education located?
Purple Pear Education is located on Purple Pear Farm, Anambah (Maitland). This is on Wonnarua country.