Musikgarten: Cycle of The Seasons
Mondays 9:30-10:00 Ages 2.5 - 5
Session I: Aug 13 - Oct 8 $125
Session II: Oct 22 - Dec 17 $125
50% sibling discount. Scholarships available.
Honor your preschooler’s growing independence and love of the outdoors with activities celebrating the four seasons in The Cycle of Seasons. Developed to build attention and self-expression, activities include singing, chanting, moving, focused listening, musical games, exploring musical instruments, creative movement and storytelling. The Cycle of Seasons nurtures your growing child’s ability to use language and participate in dramatic play within a musical context.
To Register, please visit: https://meadowlark.corsizio.com/
Schedule of Activities:
16 - In the dairy - Milking goats, using goats milk for cheese.
Animal husbandry: Preparing sheep for breeding season - weaning, feeding, condition analysis
23 - Harvesting tomatoes & peppers - Preserving/fermenting: sauce, ketchup, salsa, hot sauce.
Wilderness Skills Session - Drinking water usable? Never guess! Filter on the go.....
30 - Planting strawberry patch.
Chemistry - MEL: Chemistry of Monsters, Tin
6 - Harvesting & drying herbs - Exploring medicinal values
13 - Harvesting & drying gourds - start birdhouse project
20 - Chemistry - MEL: Nutrients, Chemistry of Materials
27 - Wilderness Skills Session - Wild edibles - Universal Edibility Test & Berry Pnemonics
4 - Harvesting & using pumpkins (pie, muffins)
11 - Lantern Making (in preparation for Martinmas Lantern Festival at Meadowlark Farm School)
18 - Chemistry - MEL: Chemistry for detectives, Thermal Effects, Flame
25 - Wilderness Skills Session - Magnification powers ignite fire!
1 - Chemistry of Eggs
8 - Chemistry - MEL: Nitrogen, Copper, Metal Contest
15 - Wilderness Skills Session - Emergency shelter options
22 - Off for Thanksgiving
29 - Needlefelting Christmas ornaments
6 - Spiral walk (Contemplative Arts), Continue needlefelting project
13 - Animal husbandry - Preparing the lambing kit & assessing sheep,
Chemistry - MEL: Artificial Sea, Chemistry of Winter
20 - Wilderness Skills Session - What to do in the face of a predator
IMPORTANT: Wear farm appropriate boots/shoes (no sandals) and a hat.
Bring a water bottle and sunblock and please pack a hearty lunch.
Little Larks Playgarden
A forest preschool & kindergarten inspired program taught by a certified Waldorf teacher.
$240 - 350 Sliding Scale
8 Fridays: September 7 - October 26
Ages 2 - 6 -- Class is limited to 4 children.
50% Sibling discount.
Spending time in nature is as essential to early childhood as growing food and naptime! In our Little Larks class, we gently introduce young ones to life on a small farm, including tending for the smaller animals that live here and helping the garden to grow wonderful bounty. No matter the weather, we tramp out each morning to explore field, woodland and stream. Story time captivates our imagination and in circle we stretch, bend, jump, sing and engage our whole body as we rustle up our appetite!
To Register, please visit: www.meadowlark.corsizio.com
9 - Arrive & play outside around the farm, visit animals
9:30 - Inside time: Potty & Snack
10 - Circle, Story, Play in the classroom
11 - Tramp out on the farm for play
12 - Picnic lunch (weather permitting)
12:45 Back to the farmhouse
1 - Time to say Goodbye!
IMPORTANT: Wear farm appropriate boots/shoes (no sandals) and a hat. Layering of clothes is very important to make sure children are warm! A wholesome snack is provided (please advice of grain allergies). Bring a water bottle and sunblock and please pack a hearty lunch.
About the Farm School...
The Meadowlark Farm School provides children Waldorf-inspired educational programs on an historic, working sheep and goat farm in rural Fluvanna County.
Meadowlark Farm School's philosophy:
A note about children with learning differences...
All children are welcome to attend the Farm School. I believe, as many do, that Waldorf methods provide a healing education. The intentional emphasis that we place on movement and sensory experiences closely aligns with methods now commonly found in OT centers across the country. I have faced these challenges over the past few years; and as a teacher, I witnessed the number of students with learning differences increasing. I have studied and consulted with mentors to improve my lessons to meet the needs of students with special needs. It is my goal to create a place that engages the child fully and builds a solid foundation for pursuing a life rich in purpose and meaning.