Friday, November 22, 2013

Daily Life of the Aspen Home at Cedar Ridge Academy Private International Boarding School

For those of you that don’t know, there are three homes currently in use here at Cedar Ridge Academy Private International Boarding School. There are the two boys homes, Aspen and Redwood, and the girls home, the Ombu. The Aspen has usually been and continues to be the largest home, with 16 boys currently in it and the most sleeping/living space available. 

The boys love to play basketball!
At the beginning of the day, we wake up and get our chores done, and get prepared for whatever lies ahead that day, usually karate or sports. Then we go to the home and get some breakfast in the cafeteria before we head to school for a large part of the day. Once we get to the school we’re there from 8:00 to 12:00 and usually will be in there for 2-3 hours for schoolwork due to sports scheduled or phone calls with parents. At 12:00 the girls go eat lunch, so the boys can go back to the home to change and get prepared for the second half of the day. Some people write quick emails, while others work on trigger sheets (one of the key components of the program here) and the rest will just sit around after changing and wait to leave for lunch. Then we head to the cafeteria for lunch for half an hour then head back to school from 1:00 to 3:00. This period of time is focused entirely on school, since there’s no P.E time to distract the kids. 

Often the boys will play Frisbee
as part of their experientials 
From 3:00 to 4:30 Mondays-Thursdays we have groups, trigger sheet families on Mondays and Wednesdays, and small groups (which are different for every student) on Tuesdays and Thursdays. When these are over we get started on showers and chores and just chill out until dinner at 5:30. After that we will either go up to MASSH (extra school time) or to the gym for basketball or some other sport, and this is the same for Mondays to Thursdays every week. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays are our kick back and hang out days, where we sit around for most of the days, after the work we have on the weekends is done.  With having a big home there are always activities like playing games, reading a book or magazine, talking to people and having fun. Overall, as a home we try to work together to get our home moving in the right direction.

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