Our Homeschool program is a two days/week Homeschool Enrichment program for those families wishing to be part of The Garden School, yet still HomeSchool. Our enrichment program is a wonderful complement to the HomeSchool curriculum you provide at home. Our HomeSchool students will meet on Tuesday and Thursday, which allows us to plan rhythms to meet the different energies and needs of our full-time students and our HomeSchool students. HomeSchool students will be placed with their age groups in the grades program, and if choosing to spend the full day with us, will join us for a main lesson consisting throughout the year of mathematics, writing and language arts, foreign language (Spanish and Mandarin), and natural science. The day is structured so that main lesson is in the morning and specialty classes (other than foreign language) are in the afternoon. As we understand it can be challenging for our HomeSchool students to jump in and out of the main lessons of the full-time students, we are pleased to offer the option to join immediately following main lesson for our lunch, recess, and specialty classes. Our specialty classes include music, games, handwork, outdoor play, and artistic development opportunities in a Waldorf-inspired, nature immersive environment with teachers who love, honor, and seek to understand them.
If you are looking for a more comprehensive educational experience for your children, we invite you to look at our full-time programs.
The day starts with the morning lesson. Our morning lessons are planned in blocks that rotate every few weeks. These Main Lessons are done daily and include circle activities, stories, direct-instruction, and many various artistic activities based on our Waldorf-inspired curriculum and our child development pedagogy.
Circle time -- includes math games, rhythmic movement games, songs, and verses that are typically seasonal in nature and based on current festivals or blocks being taught in class.
Nature Journaling -- In some classes there will be an opportunity for students to practice observing and reflecting upon the world around them. We will encourage students toward greater depth and clarity in age appropriate writing and illustration skills..
Foreign Languages -- We will be focusing on Spanish and Mandarin this year, and full-day HomeSchool students will be exposed to both. Classes consist of songs and games in the younger grades and focus on fluency in the older grades.
All HomeSchool programs include time to share a meal and play freely together as a class. The afternoons include a variety of specialty classes that vary with our schedule. We do our best to give our HomeSchool students an opportunity to attend several specialty classes on the days they are with us, however due to time and schedule constraints, not all classes will occur on our HomeSchool days. Here are some examples of the specialty classes offered - depending on your child’s age/grade, they will experience these activities during their days at our school:
Learning Farm -- Each class spends time weekly at our Learning Farm. During this time the students join in the care for our animals and our gardens. The children plant, weed, water and harvest according to the seasons.
Games Class -- In addition to the sheer fun of it, games class is an important tool for cultivating desirable social dynamics and allowing students to work out issues related to social conflict and cohesion.
Handwork -- Mastering classic fiber arts skills and creating beautiful or useful treasures is an important way to develop fine motor skills, math skills and build the will.
Citizenship and Advocacy -- Although our students are not ready to engage with the full weight of the work that the world will require from their generation, we will gently bring their awareness to various types of fairness and tolerance and their own power to make good things happen in their community. This will also be an opportunity to develop writing skills.
Music -- Students will sing, play, move to, listen to and create a variety of songs from many cultures.
Environmental Education -- Utilizing both Project Wet and Project Learning Tree, we will explore the interconnectedness of our environment. The students will also begin work on becoming Junior Master Gardeners.
Social Entrepreneurship -- Related in some ways to our Citizenship and Advocacy curriculum, this class will combine business math, entrepreneurship, practical skills, and community service in a way that is accessible to all age groups.
The total cost for this annual program is $4,100, meeting twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays following our school calendar. There is an annual supply fee of $500. You can read more about tuition and fees here and read about our application process here.
One of the best ways to learn about us and our programs here at The Garden School would be to attend a guided tour or open house.