EQUINE ASSISTED LEARNING FOR YOUTH
Albert Wight studied methods of education extensively and concluded a need for change from the traditional classroom and lecture format to an educational alternative called "participative method", which focuses on the experiential process of learning rather than the mere transmission of information. Experiential learning has recently been termed "the natural way of learning", and defined as the process by which the experience of the learner is reflected upon, from which new insights emerge.
Everyone is equal in the arena - horses don't judge, they don’t care about race, size, or gender, which makes them ideal role models for youth. In addition, everyone's strengths are also identified, and looking at self as part of a contributing team teaches valuable lessons for children as they move into adolescents and young adults.
EAL consists of an educationally approved curriculum that drives objectives to outcomes.
Each exercise is designed in a BUILDING BLOCK™ style, meant to develop new skills while drawing and adding to those previously learned, in a fun and exciting atmosphere!
Programs encourage self examination, Equine Assisted Learning is a horse course that provides effective solutions to development that promotes both individual and group growth
Equine Assisted Learning acts as an important educational tool to help develop soft skills such as empathy and kindness, as well as help overcome behavioural disorders, low self-esteem, bullying, drug abuse, emotional issues, poor communication skills, and the inability to work with others, to name a few.
The Building Block™ Model of exercises facilitates learning of the following life skill, and more:
· Safety · Planning · Teamwork · Leadership · Common Sense · Trust
· Body Language · Decision Making · Negotiation · Critical Thinking
· Communication · Building Relationships
This award winning program has been studied by the University of Saskatchewan, University of Regina, and University of Calgary.
EAL follows all learning requirements has been approved by educational institutes, curriculum's and school boards.
"My 11 year old daughter attended weekly EAL sessions with Adelle at Prime Equine. She had no prior horse experience. As a kid who manages ADHD, anxiety, and some coordination and confidence issues, EAL was the perfect activity for her. She always looked forward to going out to work with the horses and the other kids. Adelle is a knowledgeable and effective facilitator, and every session was packed with planning and communication strategies, implementation, great discussion and a lot of FUN. The horses are also great teachers! I highly recommend this class for kids who would benefit from an activity that boosts confidence, communication skills, empathy, and teamwork in a supportive, fun, and safe environment." - TR