WHO: Students ages 6-16, divided into groups by ability
WHAT: Agriculture, Observation Skills, Chemistry, and More!
WHERE: Loft & Field Farm
WHEN: Alternate Fridays beginning September 11th, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. See our calendar here.
COST: $40 per month, per student, charged on the 1st of every month. Loft & Field Membership required before you can sign up. No refunds, cancel any time.
PROGRAM OF STUDY
See Science AM time schedule here.
Devotional & Scripture – Our devotions will show where scripture & God’s creation connect. We hope that families will think of what the Bible says about trees when they look at trees, birds when they look at birds, and stars when they look at stars. How great to see the world through the eyes of scripture! Taught by Mrs. Stephanie. (15 minutes)
Agricultural Science – Since Loft & Field is a working farm and certified hatchery, and Mrs. Stephanie is a certified health tester for the Minnesota Board of Animal Health, students will get the opportunity to learn from the daily agricultural practices that occur here. We will look at farming commercially and for the small family in poultry, fiber production, and caprine dairy (goat). Topics include seasonal changes, feeding & nutrition, reproduction, identifying and treating illness, genetics, behavior, growth & development, milk production, fiber production, parasitology, and animal welfare. Taught by Mrs. Stephanie. (60 minutes)
Observation Skills – We are working on helping students become excellent observers! This is a skill that affects every subject in school, the care and raising of a family, succeeding at a job, and more! To this end, we will give short exercises that boost our brains to be better observers. Taught by Mrs. Rebecca and Mrs. Stephanie. (10 minutes)
Living Science Chemistry – Our science focus this year is Chemistry! A lot of people view it as too complicated for children to understand, and some will even call it boring . Not true! Mrs. Stephanie is full of wonder and excitement when showing how our amazing world is put together. This class invites us to be (and stay!) curious, ask questions (lots of them!), and to effectively find answers (how?). What is matter? What are things made of and how can we identify them? How do things combine, interact, and change? It is especially important for us to see how Chemistry is at work all around us. Therefore, we will begin by observing how chemistry is at work in our kitchens, soil, and water. We’ll also see how chemistry is at work in the changing seasons. We’ll explore methods used to identify substances by taking samples and running them through flow-charts of experiments. We’ll consider the chemistry of food and beauty products. Then we’ll move on to see why Chemistry is important in crime forensics, healing, metallurgy, and transfiguration (caterpillar to butterfly). In addition, students will also learn how to set up a lab notebook, use effective measurements, and gather and present accurate data. And of course, we’ll learn about famous chemists and fascinating science history along the way! Taught by Mrs. Stephanie. (80 minutes)
Narrations and Lab Notebooks – A major component of Charlotte Mason education is narration. This is when students are asked to tell back as much as they can remember about a subject. Students will narrate their science learnings into their lab notebooks. We ask all parents to be on call to assist students in getting their narrations recorded. Taught by All Adults. (15 minutes)
Citizenship – What does it mean to be a good citizen? We will sing and study three patriotic songs and see how to apply them to our lives. This year we will learn “God Bless America”, “America (My Country, ‘Tis of Thee)”, and “Battle Hymn of the Republic”. Taught by Mrs. Stephanie. (10 minutes)
Habit & Prayer – Each week, we will discuss a new habit from Laying Down the Rails by Sonia Shafer & Charlotte Mason. Then we will sing a good habit-encouraging song: “Patience Song”, “Pick Yourself Up” by Jerome Kern & Dorothy Fields, and “Everybody Said But Nobody Did” by Acapella. Taught by Mrs. Stephanie. (10 minutes)
Students & families are invited to stay for lunch. We picnic when we can! During lunch, there is a student-led nature sharing club. Here, we do a show-and-tell of what we have seen or found in nature. Found objects can be added to our nature wall for everyone to enjoy. Beauty is contagious!