All of our classes are taught outside if weather permits. This semester includes a nature science study of geology, tinkering, survival skills, 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 in 2nd-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
A monthly Character Study
Farm chores will include feeding the goats, miniature donkey, chickens, grooming the horse, milking the cow, and creating a school garden.
This year we will be studying Geology including rocks, minerals, earthquakes, volcanos, and many other exciting topics.
These two classes will be blocked throughout the year. Students will have the opportunity to make a variety of projects in our tinkering garage using their imagination, trouble shooting skills, and teamwork all while under the direction of our leaders. They will also learn meaningful skills to help them survive outdoors.
Throughout the semester we will host a variety of experts from a different fields 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: William Shakespeare
Artists: Christo Vladmirov Javacheff and Rembrandt
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach and Bendrich Smetanta
Our squirrels, (PreK through 1st) will perform Stone Soup in the Fall and our Foxes, Raccoons, and Bears (2nd and up) will perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the Spring.
$200 per month per student