Conventional wisdom is to help kids learn you sit them down and teach them.
"I have always loved and appreciated the background of the academics and what not," Susan Saunders said.
Saunders is the brains behind the Rising Sun Montessori School, she understands classroom teaching is imperative.
But it's outside where she thinks students learn the most.
"This is the way that they learn the best, they have freedom, they have everything that they want, they have the capability to go outside if they want to, learn inside, and get their hands into the earth and into the dirt," Saunders added.
A Montessori School, basically means nature is a big part of the curriculum.
Saunders says one of the biggest benefits to an education like this is that when kids learn how to take care of other living things, it gives them a better understanding of the world around them.
Whether it's learning how to take care of the earth, chickens or even clip a goats hooves, Saunders says students are receptive.
"When you put them into motion helping with those things, they take ownership and that's going to translate into their lives as children and as adults in a beautiful way," she said.
Susan Fredette sends two of her children to the school, "We started here in April and I saw just an immediate difference in [my oldest daughter]," she said.
Fredette credits the school with helping her daughter mature even though she's about to be three.
"I really wanted her to just be around a very natural environment and really learn about life through animals and through the process of nature."
This learning model has been successful for Saunders, who already has plans to expand it beyond the 26 students she has now.
Goats and chickens aren't status quo, but at Rising Sun Montessori, no one really seems to mind.