Homeschool Program

Farm School Program  for 1st-6th graders 2018-19.

Tuesdays and/or Fridays.

From September 4-November 16 this program runs from 8:30AM-3:00PM (but can be adjusted to shorter days). Single full day Tuition $594.

From November 27-February 19 this program runs 8:30AM-1:00PM. Single day Tuition $396.

From March 5-May 31 this program runs from 8:30AM-3:00PM. Single day Tuition $594.

 

Program Description

This program is designed to reinforce children’s connection to the living world and recognize their place and value within it.  Through this program we seek to support children who may be bored, or taxed by a traditional school setting, and ground them in nature and real work, which we have seen time and again increase their engagement other areas of their lives.

As children arrive they jump right in to morning chores.  We have a check list that we work to complete together before we break for snack. We seek to balance chores we all enjoy with ones that must be done for the health of the animals.  We strive for a collaboration, where we all participate equally.  After snack, students have the option of taking up a supervised workshop project, or enjoying free time building snow forts, hay forts, mud pits, bridges, etc.  We believe there to be equal value in their creating their own play and projects, and working with us. We do not force either and typically find that most students strike a nice balance between the two.

We tend to encourage them to sort out conflicts on their own. If we step in to support conflict resolution, we seek to help all voices be heard, but encourage their own creative resolution.

In every activity that we undertake with them, we seek to grow their skills to accomplish it without us (with the exception of working with cows, which is always supervised).  In all activities, we seek to build skills, competence,  confidence, and independence.

Activities include

  • Feeding and watering livestock
  • Collecting, cleaning and packing eggs
  • Milking cows and goats
  • Gardening
  • Carpentry with hand tools

Farm life follows the rhythm of the seasons. In the fall we will harvest the farm’s abundance, dry flowers and herbs, save seeds and prepare the animals and farm for the cold ahead.  Winter is a quieter time with a focus on keeping animals healthy and warm, and learning new skills, including wilderness lore and fire-making. Spring is full to bursting with planting, new babies, and new projects!  Carpentry is a constant to all seasons, we seem to need to construct many things to keep farm life running smoothly.

Goals of this program include inspiring a deep connection to the land and animals, and building the capacities for confidence, independence, and joy in life and work.

Details

Time: The program runs Tuesdays and Fridays 8:30-3:00 in spring and fall, 8:30-1:00 in winter (sign up for one or two days). There will be three sessions each year, we are happy to prorate a session that may have already begun if there is still room.

Session 1: Sept 4- Nov 16.   Tuesdays or Fridays  $594 First Child,  $297 Second Child.     Both days – $1040 First child, $520 Second Child.

Session 2: Nov 27-Feb 19.   Tuesdays or Fridays  $396 First Child,  $198 Second Child.     Both days – $693 First child, $305 Second Child.

Session 3: March 5-May 31.   Tuesdays or Fridays   $594 First Child,  $297 Second Child.    Both days – $1040  First Child, $520 Second Child.

Typical rhythm:

Time
Activity
8:30-10:00
Morning farm chores
10:00-10:30
Snack break
10:30-12:15
Free time or Project time
12:15-1:00
Lunch
1:00-2:30
Hike, project or free time.
2:30-3:00
Clean up

 

Drop In Price: $60/day.

 

Bring:

Hearty snack and Lunch

Water bottle

Sunscreen, bug spray.

Hat (sun or warm), farm gloves.

Clothing for the weather and the farm. We will get muddy and mucky often. For rain, children need raincoat, rain pants, and boots; in winter, winter parka, snow pants, and boots. It is a good idea to designate a set of outdoor clothes “farm clothes” if possible.

A change of clothes is always a good idea in case we get wet through.

Leave at home or in your backpack:

All electronic devices.  Phones, smart watches, tablets, game devices, etc.