Pal-O-Mine’s Equine Assisted Learning programs incorporate horses experientially for educational, and emotional, growth and learning. EAL uses alternative approaches to create positive and constructive learning experiences for children and adolescents who are at risk of failing in a traditional academic setting. EAL sessions incorporate guided, and safe, horse interactions, classroom instruction, positive interaction between students, animals, and adults, as well as the incorporation of grade-level appropriate reading, writing, art, and math skills. These approaches, combined with a varied and very specialized, teaching staff helps to reengage the typically disengaged or defiant student, and recreate a positive learning experience that carries over into the students’ traditional
Our Equine Assisted Learning program follows the practices and guidelines of the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA), and our teaching staff has done extensive certification and continuing education in order to provide a student centered approach. We constantly search for and develop the most effective EAL curriculum, activities, and approaches. Our main goal is to provide our students with a quality educational program that uses a different approach to education.
EAL Program classes typically spend one school day at Pal-O-Mine participating in
the program with our staff, horses, and other animals in our classroom and around the property. We encourage that the skills taught here at Pal-O-Mine be integrated into the traditional classroom.
Pal-O-Mine has a history of fully successful EAL Programs with local school districts, which includes reaching out to a wide variety of at risk populations. This successful application to various school settings, communities, and populations adds to the generalizability of the EAL Program to many different students at risk for school failure. In the past, we have worked with students with cognitive disabilities, emotional disturbances, adjudicated youth, at risk teens, hearing impaired students, learning disabled, and students with mental illnesses