Home School and Preschool

Earth Arts now offers up to four days a week of earth-based learning and community for homeschoolers.

Lantern Home School Program

Monday through Wednesday 9a – 3p, two and three day options, Foundation of Light. Click here to learn more.

Thursday Home School Program

FALL 2016

Sep 22 – Dec 15 (no session Nov 24), 10am-3pm.

$420-$500 sliding scale (12 sessions)

Self determined sliding scale. Payment over the minimum goes towards the scholarship fund.

WINTER 2017

January 12 – March 16 (no program 2/23) 10am-3pm

$315-$375 sliding scale (9 sessions)

Self determined sliding scale. Payment over the minimum goes towards the scholarship fund.

SPRING 2017

March 23-June 15 (no program 4/20)

$415-$475 sliding scale (13 sessions)

Self determined sliding scale. Payment over the minimum goes towards the scholarship fund.

Location:

Fall/Spring: Six Mile Creek area, Burns road drop off/pick up.

Winter: Foundation of Light in the Ellis Hollow neighborhood. Click here for a map.

Open to children ages 5 and older.

Mentors:

Julie Nichols Kulik, Simone Lackey, Marina Stevenson, Monica Bosworth, and guest instructors

Our day begins with a morning circle where thanksgiving, songs, stories and games and movements bring us together and further into our bodies. During the day we’ll play amongst the trees and gorges, build shelters and explore nature’s treasures. We’ll also take plenty of time during the day to recharge with snacks, rest and lunch. At the end of the day, we’ll circle up again with stories of our day, energized from a day in the woods!

For part of each session, the group will be divided into two developmentally appropriate groups or clans, where activities may include:

  • Play and explore the beautiful gorges and woods of Six Mile Creek area.
  • Experience a variety of wilderness skills and crafts including tracking, coal burning projects, shelter building, stories told and acted out, songs and ephemeral Earth Art creations.
  • Practice awareness, quiet-mind, telling the story of their day, animal forms, curiosity, exploration, and gratitude.
  • Be in a nurturing environment to build self-awareness, confidence and group unity.

Our mentors share cultural earth-based traditions from around the world, through lots of games, stories, art, songs, adventure, and team-building activities. Participants will be grouped into smaller (developmentally appropriate) clans for part of the day. Our teaching emphasis is to guide participants to discover answers for themselves, using their innate curiosity as powerful motivation for experiencing, learning about, and caring for the environment. Our goal is for each child to feel comfortable in the woods; come to know the gifts of the land in all seasons; and respectfully harvest materials to make native crafts, tools, food, and shelter.

During the winter session, we will concentrate on the Arts in the school house (theater, watercolor painting, clay, weaving, knitting, whittling) on the really cold days, and have the woods behind the school house to be in when ever possible.

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For children and caregivers together . . .

Wee Ones of the Forest

For ages 2-4
Tuesdays, 9:15-11:00 or 11:15am; 3/21 – 4/11 at the Lantern School.
WOoF is designed as an opportunity for the very young to discover and connect with nature through guided outdoor exploration and play.  During each session children and their caregivers will be led through a short seasonally themed circle time with songs, rhymes and movement games, a guided treasure walk through field and forest, stories and simple crafts using natural materials.

Children of the Forest

For ages 4-8 (for pre-school and young home-school children)
Thursdays, 12-3pm; March 23 – April 13 at Burns Road entrance to the South Hill Recreation Way.
Children of the Forest is for children who love to romp in the woods on their own 2 feet (rather than being carried) and discover the wonders of Mother Earth.  We will start each session with a short seasonally themed circle time with songs, rhymes and movement games.  Some of the other activities we will do will include discovery walks through forest and steam, stories, simple crafts using natural materials, sit spot and fire safety and building (on cold days!).
This program is also ideal for children who might like the regular homeschool Earth Arts program but are not quite ready to separate from parents.  Later in the fall we may join up with the main EA program for the last hour and participate together in their games and circle.
$18/session, 4 sessions $60. for one child in the age range and one caregiver, each additional child is $3/session.

 

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