All of our classes are taught outside if weather permits. This semester includes nature study and survival skills learned in the exciting context of The Swiss Family Robinson, tinkering, nature, art, and poetry, and our Spring theater production. We also have farm chores where the students divide into groups and help with the feeding and care of all the animals and the farm.
Each day the children arrive, put their things away, and head straight to the job chart. Children from K-3rd grade are called Foxes, 4th-6th graders are Raccoons, and 7th Grade -high school are Bears. A Fox is always paired with a Raccoon to do their jobs, which include milking a cow, feeding and learning how to care for a horse, feeding chickens, milking the cow, collecting eggs, working with the donkey and goats, and working in the garden. It’s wonderful to watch the Foxes and Raccoons together. The Foxes can learn from the Raccoons and the older children are learning to serve and teach the younger ones. This is one of my favorite things about The Cedar House! It’s also good for the children to learn to take care of the animals and to do their part to prepare for the day.
After their jobs are complete, we begin our first lesson. Here are more detailed class descriptions:
Each class will begin with Morning Time which will include:
A monthly Hymn
A monthly Bible Verse
Swiss Family Robinson recap with character lesson as the book unfolds:
January – Determination
February – Alertness
March – Responsibility
April – Resourcefulness
Farm chores will include feeding the goats, miniature donkey, chickens, grooming the horse, milking the cow, and creating a school spring garden.
Let’s Get Lost: Swiss Family Robinson Study
We will be learning about surviving in the wilderness as well as different plants and animals they encountered using the book, The Swiss Family Robinson as our guide. Teaching will be out of the curriculum Lets Get Lost by Rossie Ansolabehere.
We will be studying world history from Creation to the Greeks this year. For your reference we will be using the following books:
Students will have the opportunity to make a variety of items in our tinkering garage . Most of our projects will be based off of our Swiss Family Robinson Study.
Throughout the semester we will host a variety of experts from a specific field who will share with our students.
NAP (Nature Art & Poetry):
As we learn about a poet, artist and composer for the semester, the children will share their insights into what these masters were trying to convey, as well as spend time nature journaling around the farm.
Poet: Emily Dickenson
Artist: Vincent Van Gough
Composer: Frederic Francois Chopin
his class is offered during the second semester. We work with the children all semester on a Spring Play which is performed outdoors.
(We do not subscribe to any specific educational philosophy but instead choose different elements from many.)
$200 per month per student