Bloom360 Learning Community is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit school in southeastern Wisconsin for children with neuro-diverse needs.

Roots Program Overview

The Bloom360 Roots Program is a part-time offering that provides social-emotional learning in a fun, interest-driven environment. At its roots, Bloom360 Learning Community is based on a developmental, relationship, and strengths-based approach. This whole-person approach is integral in the Roots Program, as we meet each child/young adult where they are developmentally, regardless of age, and build trusted relationships that are nurtured and recognize each child’s unique strengths. The goal of the Roots Program is to provide opportunities for the Learner (ages 5 through young adult 21+) to grow in a safe and trusted sensory-friendly learning environment through expanded opportunities with projects and peers with the benefit of Bloom360’s highly trained staff. Participants in our Roots Program are integrated in a developmentally appropriate manner with our Bloom360 Learners who attend the school for full school programming.

Roots Program Benefits:

  • Access to Bloom360 Learning Community’s whole-person approach that is tailored to the individual sensory and unique needs of each Learner.
  • An opportunity for social-emotional learning and growth with a small peer group including Bloom360 Day School Learners and other Roots Program Learners that is guided by an experienced and talented multi-disciplinary team.
  • A true sense of belonging to a community that sees each Learner’s unique strengths and builds programming around their unique needs.
  • Life skill development with functional skill building opportunities through real world opportunities.

Who Should Attend the Roots Program?

Learners who are enrolled in another K-12 school, virtual school or homeschool program and would benefit from enrichment opportunities. The Bloom360 team truly collaborates with parents and Learners get tailored experiences to expand their growth in many areas.

Learners (18+) who have already completed another educational program and would benefit from additional opportunities to nurture their social and emotional well-being and to expand their interests through Project Based Learning and consider next steps which could include internships, volunteering or employment.

Roots Program Details:

  • Social-Emotional Growth – Our multi-disciplinary team will collaborate with parents to set social-emotional goals for your child/young adult as well as individualized practice zones to support growth toward these goals.
  • Project-Based Learning – Learners in the Roots Program will work on individual and small group projects (as developmentally appropriate). These projects are centered on their interests and provide rich opportunities to practice communication, collaboration and problem solving. The sky is the limit for project-based learning. A few recent examples include:
    • Micro-business Bakery Cart – In this group project, Learners contribute in a variety of ways depending on their interest and developmental readiness. There are many parts to this project, such as: creating the budget, selecting a recipe, marketing to community, assisting with the baking or selling bakery items to our staff and families.
    • French Exploration – This individual project included studying French culture and cuisine and creating a French Café for other Learners and staff to enjoy.
    • Grinch Prequel – This individual project included writing, casting, creating scenery and performing the play that was based on the Dr. Seuss story.
    • Golf Course Design – This individual project included designing a mini golf course on our four-acre property which started with drafting a blueprint with dimensions and cutting the greens in the lawn and ended with playing the course.
  • Enrichment practice zones – Learners in our Roots Program are included in music, art, mindfulness, reflection, and gratitude practices with lots of movement and outside time incorporated into the day. This also may include cooking/baking, exploring art and woodworking.
  • Bloom360’s Multi-Disciplinary Team – Our highly trained team includes educators, occupational therapists, a music therapist and a social worker. Specific expertise includes:
    • Special Education, General Education
    • Occupational Therapy, Music Therapy, Adaptive Fitness
    • Licensing in Dr. Greenspan’s DIR/Floortime Approach
    • Trainings and certifications from VIA Institute for Character (our strengths-based framework)
    • Wide knowledge of sensory processing
    • Implementation and training in Project-Based Learning