WHO: Students ages 3-5
WHAT: Music, Spanish, Nature Study, Drawing, Handicrafts, & more!
WHERE: Loft & Field Farm
WHEN: Alternate Fridays beginning September 4th, 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 anytime.
PROGRAM OF STUDY
See the Seeds AM time schedule here.
Devotional & Scripture – We begin with our eyes on the beauty of Christ with short devotions on sin & salvation, Christ & the cross, and Christian living. Students will practice reciting our assigned Bible verse. Taught by Mrs. Amanda along with big kids. (15 minutes)
Our Animal Friends at Loft & Field Farm – Following a book titled Our Animal Friends at Maple Hill Farm by Alice and Martin Provensen, we will look at OUR animal friends at Loft & Field farm. Focusing on one animal a week, children will learn about that animal along with poetry or scripture that relates to it. We will make observational drawings to add to our own book over the course of the year. Taught by Mrs. Stephanie and Mrs. Miranda. (20 minutes)
Handicrafts -Sew, Draw, Hammer– Taught with the Swedish “sloyd” technique, handicrafts classes build harmony between our hands and minds. While students will learn how to make crafts, our main goal is helping students learn problem solving through knowledge of many craft processes. Our seeds will focus on many techniques through simple crafts – sewing, drawing, hammering, painting, cutting, etc. We will reference Charlotte Mason’s “A Child’s List of Attainments” to direct the techniques we teach. Taught by Mrs. Rebecca, Mrs. Jenny, and Mrs. Miranda. (30 minutes)
Observation Drawing & Picture Study – We will notice the details of one object, especially things that have changed since we saw them last, then draw it as best as we can! Our goal is to develop strong observational skills. Then we’ll look at one work of art by a master artist and engage with it in a meaningful way. Taught by Mrs. Stephanie and Mrs. Miranda. (15 minutes)
Music – Sing, Dance, Play Listen – Our Seeds will love enjoying music through singing, dancing, playing, and listening. Using a Kodaláy music training method, students will learn how to repeat sung pitches, tap or clap rhythms, improvise music playing, play simple percussive instruments, and learn folk songs. Students will listen to master musical works and engage in them through play and dance. The goal of this class is not a concert at the end, but to learn to understand and appreciate music. Taught by Mrs. Johanna and Mrs. Miranda. (20 minutes)
Spanish Songs and Games – Students are steeped in the Spanish language through songs, games, and role-play. Taught by Señora Annie. (20 minutes)
Replaying – Parables & Aesop’s Fables – This class is a precursor to Charlotte Mason’s narration technique where students are asked to repeat back, in great detail, as much as they remember about a subject. Replaying is a very simplified form of narration where we use tactile props to tell back something very short. This year we will focus on short parables and Aesop’s fables. Students will hear the story told with props, then will be invited to tell it back using the props as a group. Our emphasis here is on fun remembering play, it should not be burdensome or taxing on the child. Taught by Mrs. Miranda. (20 minutes)
Nature Collections – Find, Press, Label – Students will go for a nature walk and collect some things to add to their collections. Students will press or laminate objects they find and label them. Taught by Mrs. Miranda. (20 minutes)
Backyard Birds – Names & Songs – Students will learn one new bird each week. We’ll practice it’s birdsong, learn how to identify it, and study what it likes to eat. Hopefully they will be able to identify and make friends with birds in their backyards throughout the year! Taught by Mrs. Miranda. (20 minutes)
Poetry – Mother Goose & More– Students will learn to expressively recite and play-act some of their favorite Mother Goose rhymes. Taught by Mrs. Miranda. (10 minutes)
Hymn & Prayer – We finish our morning together by lifting our best voices and singing a hymn. Our hymns this year are “The Doxology” by Thomas Ken, “Nothing But the Blood” by Robert Lowry , and “Trust and Obey” by John H. Sammis. Taught by Mrs. Stephanie along with big kids. (10 minutes)
Should parents stay with their Seeds? You, the parent, know more about your child and what will help him or her thrive. That means, you are the best person to make this decision! Some parents stay with their kids during classes, some stay nearby in case the child has a need, some drop their kids off. You can choose what is best for your family throughout the year.
What about pick-up and lunch? Seeds need to be picked up by a parent promptly at 12:30 p.m. Seeds that are accompanied by a parent are invited to stay for lunch. We picnic when we can! During lunch, there is a student-led book and art club. Here, we share books and artwork we loved with each other. A list of these works are then shared with everyone afterwards in our our newsletter.
What should I do with my Seed outside of their designated class time? There is no program for seeds in the afternoons or on Science Days. Please keep children under age 5 at home or directly accompanied by a parent while on-site.