Science Day AM Program (ages 6-16)

Description

WHO: Students Ages 6-16, Students will be divided into Upper and Lower Forms
WHAT: Two sessions per month of Physics, Engineering, Citizenship, Agriculture, Paper Sloyd, and Habits
WHERE: Loft & Field Farm
WHEN: Every other Friday 9:00am-12:30pm, see calendar
COST: $48/month or $139/trimester
MATERIALS FEE: $7 for lab notebooks (or previous students can continue using their lab notebooks from last year), bring cash or check to purchase at Check-In desk.
HOW PAYMENT WORKS: Payment collected when signing up for classes, subscription will continue until the end of the school year or cancel any time.  No refunds.
BONUS: When you sign up for any local class, your family automatically gets a Loft & Field Membership. Memberships include access to the Living Books Library, parent support, early sign-ups, and more. They will expire June 15th, 2022. If you’d like the benefits of membership without taking local classes, we have a “Membership Only” option on our Enroll page. Read more about the many benefits of a Loft & Field membership here.


General Information


Program of Study

See the Science Day AM Program time schedule here.
Charlotte Mason Habits & Prayer – We start our day thinking about our personhood and the kind of people we are becoming by studying Charlotte Mason’s list of habits. Habits we will study include: fortitude, gentleness, concentration, neatness, usefulness, obedience, manners, sweet & even temper, integrity, order, respect for others, outdoor life, personal initiative, thoroughness, self-restraint, thinking, thrift, and courage. Taught by Ms. Stephanie. (30 minutes)

Engineering –Children are naturally fascinated by building things and taking things apart to see how they work. Our students will first learn about simple machines: inclined planes, levers, wheels & axles, wedges, pulleys, and screws. We will also investigate how different machines and structures are put together. Students will then solve design challenges using given materials such as creating a Rube Goldberg machine, designing a span bridge, using paper and tape to build a structure that will withhold heavy weights, and more. We will also take some time to learn about how robotics are used to improve the world around us. Taught by Ms. Rebecca. (36 minutes)

Living Science Physics – Each year we rotate our science study, and this year we will focus on physics! This is a lab science class where students will learn the basic tenets of physics, and then engage in lab experiments that tell us more about each principle. Students will learn how to keep and organize a lab notebook to effectively chart and communicate their findings. Our subjects will include energy, light, sound, electricity, forces, and motion. We have some great projects set up, including a force and motion catapult experiment that will show the beauty and thrill of physics. Taught by Ms. Carrie. (36 minutes)

Snack Time – A simple snack of crackers and carrots is provided; students with dietary limitations should bring their own snack. All students should bring their own water bottles. (21 minutes, midmorning)

Citizenship – What does it mean to be a good citizen? How do people obtain citizenship in the United States? We will pretend we are immigrants seeking citizenship in the United States and see if we can pass the U.S. Citizenship Exam. At the end of the year we will hold a mock Citizenship Test to see who would have the chops to get naturalized. Our subjects will include government, documents & law, anthem & pledge, symbols & holidays, geography, rights & responsibilities, history, presidents, and current offices. Taught by Ms. Rebecca. (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 botany, farm business, conservation, animal husbandry, and life cycles. Our first term, we will study an array of flowers, carefully dissecting, illustrating, identifying by type. Second term, we will design our own farm businesses and discuss some of the finer points of the agriculture industry, as well as discuss the importance of conservation. Spring term we will study animal husbandry in the caprine dairy (goat), as well as the life cycle of a chicken. Topics include seasonal changes, feeding & nutrition, reproduction, identifying and treating illness, genetics, behavior, growth & development, milk production, parasitology, and animal welfare. Taught by Ms. Stephanie. (36 minutes)

Paper Sloyd – Paper sloyd is a form of manual training, a means of training a child in hand-eye coordination, and it aims to allow children to work with simple tools to create a series of concrete models. It is engaging the mind, the eyes, and the hands for a purpose. By creating projects such as a pinwheel, envelope, picture frame, and box, students will develop in order, neatness, carefulness, accuracy, concentration, and attention.  Students will gain the ability to observe quickly, see right lines and distances, and engage in free-hand drawing and writing. Advancing at their own pace, students will focus on folding, measuring, cutting, punching, tying, pasting, pattern design, drafting, and product testing. Taught by Ms. Rebecca. (36 minutes)


FAQs

Does my student need to bring anything to class? All students should bring a water bottle marked with their full name. Students with dietary restrictions should bring their own snack. If their class requires a notebook, they need to bring money on the first day to purchase it and bring the notebook every subsequent week.

Should parents stay with their kids? 
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, and most drop their kids off. You can choose what is best for your family throughout the year.

How should my child dress? –
We go outside every day, regardless of the weather. You need to check the weather report and dress your child or send clothes that will keep them comfortable in all kinds of weather (rain coat in rain, snow pants in winter, shorts and t-shirt on hot days, etc.). Especially make sure you child is wearing sturdy shoes that cover the whole foot, we do a lot of running around and working with animals and want to prevent tripping or injury. It is especially helpful if you label clothes with a family name so we can get them back to you instead of losing them in the Lost & Found (a.k.a. “The Black Hole”).

What about pick-up and lunch? 
Seeds students must have a parent on site with them to either be picked up or stay to eat with a parent at 12:30 p.m. Students over age 6 are welcome to stay for lunch but must be picked up no later than 12:50 p.m. if they are not enrolled in the Science PM Program. Students who are enrolled in the Science PM program should plan on staying for lunch, with an option for the parent to come eat with them if desired. We do not provide lunch. Please send a labeled bag lunch with a water bottle. We picnic when we can!

What should I do with my kids age 5 and under outside of their designated class time?  Please stay with your young ones at all time, we are not responsible for watching them. We have had issues with young kids wandering from their parents and engaging with caged animals, destroying books, or entering bedrooms and leaving a mess. It means so much to us that you would help us avoid this additional chaos while here. There is no program for Seeds in the afternoons. Please keep children under age 5 at home or directly accompanied by a parent while on-site.

What should I do if one of my kids is sick? Please refer to our Health & Safety Protocols, we make a clear list of when to definitely keep your kids home, and when you can make your own decision.

Do we have to wear a mask? You the parent can decide if you want your child masked and we will respect your wishes in kindness and without judgment. Almost everyone here chooses not to wear masks, but again, you are free to decide what is best for your children and your family.