Farm School

Playgroups

Mondays 10-12 pm - For age: 0 - 6 (siblings welcome)

Thursdays 3-5 pm - All ages

 

Cost: $10 per family*

 

Playing in the yard, fields or woods, making mud pies, feeding chickens, romping with the goats or racing around the challenge course are just some of the fun things we might get up to. Little ones will enjoy a small tree fort and slide. Stay and play with your child, breathe in some farm-fresh air and get your "grown-up time" all in one afternoon.

 

Hope to see you here at the farm!

 

*We're inspired!!! We are raising funds for improvements to our play areas - we'd like to purchase child-sized wheelbarrows, quality tricycles / striders, put in a sandbox as well as create a mud kitchen area for the children to enjoy! Each time you come to playgroup, you help us to realize our vision with your contribution!!!

 

Homesteaders Laboratory

Thursday 11 - 3 (directly following is playgroup until 5!!) Ages 8 - 13

August 16 - December 20. $400 ($80/Mo.)

 

Discover the adventure of living on a small farmstead - from helping out with daily chores, to making staples in the kitchen, to working in the garden planting, weeding, harvesting and fermenting! At various points during the course, we will perform Chemistry experiements using the MEL Chemistry curriculum (subscription required, cost included in monthly tuition). This year, we will also delve into the world of wilderness survival! Fun!

Musikgarten: Cycle of The Seasons

Mondays 9 - 9:45 Ages 2.5 - 5

 

Session I: Aug 13 - Oct 1 $125

Session II: Oct 8 - Dec 17 $150

Enroll for both sessions and save - $250, also 50% sibling discount

 

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.

 

Fun family packets including wonderful music CDs are included for use at home to increase family involvement in the learning process.

Schedule of Activities:

 

August -

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

 

September -

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

 

October -

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!

 

November -

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

 

December -

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 Nursery Class

A forest preschool & kindergarten inspired program taught by a certified Waldorf teacher.

 

Fridays 9-1 $200/month

Age 3 - 6 -- Class is limited to 6 children.

 

You know your little one is ready for a bit of time on his own, making new friends and feeling out her independence, but you aren't ready for full-on preschool? A one-day program is just the thing to 'get the toes wet'. At the farm, we know spending time outdoors and 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 animals that live here and helping the garden to grow wonderful bounty. No matter the weather, we tramp down the hill each morning to explore our little woodlands and stream. Story time captivates our imagination and in circle time, we stretch, bend, jump, sing, and engage our whole body as we rustle up our appetite!.

 

Daily Rhythm

9 - Arrive & play outside around the farm, visit animals

9:30 - Inside time: Potty & Snack

10 - Circle, Story, Play in the classroom

11 - Tramp down to the forest for play

12 - Picnic lunch in the forest (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:

 

  • We believe in the preservation of childhood
  • We educate not only the intellectual capabilities, but also fully engage the body and soul
  • We see the great value in capturing the imagination through storytelling and artistic creation
  • We feel that 'farm and kid' were meant for each other :)

 

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A note about children with learning differences...

All children are welcome to attend the Farm School. I believe, as many do, that the Waldorf Curriculum is a healing education. The intentional emphasis that Waldorf places on movement and sensory experiences closely aligns with methods now commonly found in OT centers across the country. I have become intimately familiar with 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 my mentors (one of whom is an Extra Lesson educator) to improve my lessons to meet the needs of students with special needs. It is my goal to create a school that can engage the child fully and build a solid foundation for a life rich in purpose and meaning.