Local Kids’ Classes

We are a Christian educational farm that uses a Charlotte Mason philosophy for teaching children. We believe that parents are ultimately responsible for their children, and our teachers and staff are merely guides who introduce children to things that are good, beautiful, and true. We do short lessons in many subjects so students can experience a true feast of living ideas. The first principle of Charlotte Mason education is that children are born persons; we respect the personhood of each child as being a beautiful creation with the capacity to do good in this world. Because of how we organize our classes, we are able to put children in groups based on ability level, so students are free to bloom at their own pace. We hope you will join us this year!


General Information


Current Classes

Seeds AM

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)

FAQs
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.

Art AM

WHO: Students ages 6-16, divided into groups by ability
WHAT: Music, Spanish, Drama, Handicrafts and 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 Art 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. (15 minutes)

Immersion Spanish – Students are steeped in the Spanish language through songs, games, and role-play. More advanced students will also translate literature and write a simple story. Taught by Señora Annie. (30 minutes)

Kodaláy Music – Using a Kodaláy music training method, students will learn how to sight read notes through Solfege ear training, learn rhythms, improvise and write music, play recorder and percussion, and learn folk songs. The goal of this class is not a concert at the end, but to learn to understand and appreciate music. It will develop confidence in singing and give students the tools needed to express themselves in their own songs. Taught by Mrs. Johanna. (30 minutes)

Handicrafts (Sloyd) – 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. Therefore, children will work simultaneously on a “hard” (woodworking, cardboard, metal, etc.) and “soft” (knitting, crochet, embroidery, etc.) form of sloyd. This year we will study cardboard sloyd & embroidery, recreational mathematics & weaving, and structural engineering & knot-tying. Taught by Mrs. Rebecca and Mrs. Jenny. (50 minutes)

Fine Arts & Picture Study – “Fine Arts” is an umbrella term for all art forms, including visual arts, theater, and expressive dance. This year, we will rotate through studies of theater, sculpture ,and printmaking. Shakespeare will be fun to study through swordplay, a shakespearean insults contest, and a dramatic retelling of The Tempest. Students will work on confidence, expressive vocal techniques, stage presence, and prop-making. For sculpture and printmaking, we will study the expression and technique used in the works of famous artists. Then, students will create their own works of art with an emphasis on the process of art-making. Taught by Mrs. Stephanie. (50 minutes)

Poetry – We will delight in the beauty, cadence, and heart-expression of poetry. This year we will practice expressive recitations of: “The Ten Ways of Living Things” by Jack Prelutsky, “Space Poem” by James Carter, and a selection of haikus by Kobayashi Issa. Taught by Mrs. Rebecca. (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. (10 minutes)

Students & families 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. Beauty is contagious!

Art PM

WHO: Students ages 6-16
WHAT: Visual Art Intensive & Movement Classes
WHERE: Loft & Field Farm, alternate location if needed: Lent Town Hall
WHEN: Alternate Fridays beginning September 4th, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Students & families are invited to come early 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. Beauty is contagious!

CLASSES
Movement – We begin our movement classes with stretching, calisthenics, and Swedish drill. Then we focus on activities that call our bodies to show balance, coordination, and focused attention. We especially try to offer movement activities that are usually best in a group setting. This year we will learn group games, social dance, and group sports. Taught by Mrs. Rebecca and Mrs. Amanda. (60 minutes)

Visual Art Intensive – Have you ever tried to create something, but it didn’t end up looking like what your brain wanted it be? There are habits and techniques that can be strengthened in order to help us create what we imagine. These visual art classes are a step above our fine arts classes in that they are primarily focused on developing strong technique. The first two steps are the hardest, training our brains to see accurately, then translating the image to a two-dimensional piece of paper. To do this, we will study art processes using a variety of materials. Just like a pianist practices scales, we will do repeated exercises on drawing what we see, and utilizing the elements of art (line, shape, color, value, form, texture, space). To help us on our way, we will study art processes by master artists. This year our Art Intensive class will focus on nature drawing, landscape painting, and ink illustration. Taught by Mrs. Stephanie. (60 minutes)

Science AM

WHO: Students ages 6-16
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.

CLASSES
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!

Science PM

WHO: Students ages 6-16
WHAT: Nature Journaling & Outings
WHERE: Loft & Field Farm + Locations Announced Weekly
WHEN: Alternate Fridays beginning September 11th, 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Students & families are invited to come early 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!

CLASSES
Nature Study – An important part of Charlotte Mason Education is nature study. We examine together the changes each season brings, how animals and plants grow and behave, and the beauty and wildness of our world. This year we will start with specific lessons on natural history so students will be prepared to do observations in the field. We’ll start of the year studying birds and the naturalist, John James Audubon. In winter, we will take to the stars with Astronomy and the findings of Galileo Galilei. Spring will be a perfect time to study insects and naturalist, Jean-Henri Fabre. Taught by Mrs. Rebecca. (Time is combined with Techniques in Nature Journaling.)

Techniques in Nature Journaling – This class will prepare students to keep a beautiful nature notebook, give them direct knowledge of our trimester’s topic, and help them prepare for the nature outing following the class. This class combines natural science, art, record keeping, poetry, and literature. Taught by Mrs. Stephanie. (60 minutes)

Nature Outing – For each nature outing, we meet at an outside location to do a nature walk. Students who take the Nature Study class will learn about our nature focus and prepare their nature journals at Loft & Field beforehand so they will be ready to make observations and complete their entries in the field. Parents and siblings are welcome to come along and enjoy the beauty of nature. At the end of each nature hike, we will stop to make an entry in our nature journals. The goal is to record what we learned but also to try to capture that day in nature so well that you can picture it years later. We encourage everyone to carry their own nature journal and writing/art supplies in a small bag. We are excited to be training two pack goats this year: Grizzly Adams (Alpine) and Dionysus (Nigerian Dwarf). They will eventually help us carry the group supplies so we don’t have to haul as much into the nature areas. They are very friendly and we take turns walking them. Taught by Mrs. Rebecca and Mrs. Stephanie. (Approximately 90 minutes, including off-site travel time.)