Science Day PM 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 Nature Study (50 minutes) and Fitness (50 minutes)
WHERE: Loft & Field Farm
WHEN: Every other Friday 1:00pm-3:00pm, see calendar
COST: $33/month or $94/trimester
MATERIALS FEE: $13 for nature journal (or previous students can continue using their nature journals from last year), and $2 for a fitness tracking notebook. 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 PM Program time schedule here.
Fitness – How many sit-ups can you do in a minute? How long can you stand on one foot? What is a target heart rate? This class focuses on personal health and fitness. Students will learn what it means to be physically fit, and discover ways they can manage their own fitness program. Topics include: health & physiology, strength training, flexibility & balance, cardio, fitness testing, setting goals, and measuring personal progress. Students will keep a personal fitness notebook so they can record their workouts and track their progress over time using graphs and other forms of measurement. Taught by Ms. Carrie. (50 minutes)

Nature Study
– We will examine together the changes each season brings, how animals and plants grow and behave, and the beauty and wildness of our world. In the fall, we will be practicing nature journaling techniques, observation, natural history and mapmaking. For us to effectively journal on our Tuesday nature walks, it helps to have a variety of ways to express ourselves and have specific lessons on natural history so our observations are more informed. In the winter, we will delve into scientific thinking and investigation and practice using words to tell the story of our outdoor adventures. In the spring, we will focus on using pictures and numbers to add record keeping and visual art to our techniques to record our experiences in nature. Taught by Ms. Rebecca and Ms. Stephanie. (50 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 the class requires a notebook, they need to bring money on the first day to purchase it and bring the notebook every subsequent week. If an assignment was completed at home, remember to bring it to share with your teacher so she knows how to help you continue working toward improvement.

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 your 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 drop-off, pick-up, and lunch? Students over age 6 are welcome to come at 12:30 with a bag lunch and eat with everyone here. Or, you can be dropped off a few minutes before 1:00 p.m. ready to start class. 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 times, 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.