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2179 Dundas St

2179 Dundas Street

Burlington, ON L7P0S8

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The Barn School SDE Center is excited to collaborate with Lion's Heart Family Martial Arts to offer our unschooling and homeschooling families a chance to try out family martial arts Monday mornings in June.

We would like to offer a tailored homeschooler/unschooler experience in the fall and we thought this would be a good chance for families to see if they are interested. We are looking for families to join us for a month of multi-age family oriented classes as a test run for what we would like to offer in the fall.

Lion's Heart Family Martial Arts offers a program called Words Before Actions which appears to be very much in line with The Barn School SDE Center's Nonviolent Communication philosophy, thus our interest in collaborating!

Homeschoolers don't often have the same power dynamics that children in school encounter and that can actually create a greater awareness of when boundaries are being crossed. In these classes we expect to cover topics such as boundaries, giving and receiving consent, finding ways to confidently voice needs and make requests, and creating awareness about the choices we have available to us. Here is the description of Lion's Heart FMA's program Words Before Actions;

Our words before actions program is where we focus on the importance of communication. We put a large emphasis on teaching students to communicate what they need and want rather than acting out in a physical manner. On the other end of things, we teach students the importance of listening to what others are asking of us or telling us.

This applies to all stages in life, not just with children. Words before actions is a great program for those struggling with bullies or how to deal with bullies. Along with the program comes some physical work when students are ready. We teach self-defense that will keep people safe while not physically harming those that may be trying to harm us. Along with self-defense there is physical exercise for students as it is proven that physical fitness is a wonderful outlet or stress reliever no matter the age. This fitness is done through drills and games that are designed to keep groups engaged and motivated.

Below are two real life examples (without participants real names) that show just how the things students learn in the Words Before Actions program can be applied.

Example 1

Jonny is the new boy at school. He doesn’t have very many friends quite yet and seems to be getting picked on quite a bit. One day a class mate of Jonny comes up to him and grabs him by the collar of his shirt. This is where Jonny remembers what he has learned. He knows that there is no immediate threat to his physical safety so he knows that he has to use his words before even attempting to get his classmate off of him. Jonny asks the boy to let him go because he doesn’t want anyone to get in trouble. The boy doesn’t care and the situation escalates. The boy is now grabbing Jonny by the wrist and trying to pull him further out into the school yard. After expressing that he doesn’t want to “go play on the grass” the boy still does not let go. Jonny uses the wrist escape he learned to get away from the boy and go find a teacher.

The wrist escape Jonny used does not involve harming or even touching the other boy to escape in this case.

Example 2

Mia and her friend Jess are hanging out at the park. They are sitting on the picnic bench when Jess starts poking Mia as a joke. For the first little while Mia pokes Jess back and they laugh and have some fun but soon enough Mia gets annoyed and does not want to continue the game anymore. Mia kindly asks Jess to stop poking her as it is starting to bother her. Jess remembered what was said in class about remembering to respect what other people ask of you, even if they were okay with it at first, other peoples moods can change and just because one person is having fun, it doesn’t mean that everyone involved is okay with the situation.

Jess knows that things that may seem as harmless as a hug may not be welcomed by everyone and that is okay. We have to learn to not only respect ourselves but to respect others as well


Would you be willing to give it a try and see if this program would be a good fit for our unschooling culture? We are hoping to attract some interested families so that we can see how this class might look and feel if we were to offer it regularly in the fall. This offering is listed as free and in-person donations for our time and space are greatly appreciated though not necessary at this time. Please only claim tickets you intend to join us for and you are welcome to claim tickets every week in June! We just wish to maintain our capacity so that the experience is enjoyable for everyone.


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2179 Dundas St

2179 Dundas Street

Burlington, ON L7P0S8

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