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16245 Westside Hwy SW
Vashon, WA, 98070

206-466-7398

Homestead is a place-based multi-age learning community located on 7 acres of farm and woodlands, on Vashon’s Westside. We offer a hands-on, hearts-on embodied curriculum rooted in practices that promote social intelligence and connection to the natural world. Our curriculum seeks to provide children with tools and support for living a full, balanced and creative life by giving equal value to each of the four windows of knowing: feeling, imagining, sensing and thinking. Mentors honor each child’s unique gifts and learning styles, supported by our small mentor-student ratio. Homestead children, mentors and families journey together to create a learning community rooted in compassion,  connection and gratitude.

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about

The Vashon Green School’s mission
is to provide a learning environment where:

• children’s unique ways of knowing are honored
• connections to each other, humanity and the natural world deepen
• sustainable solutions grow
• engaged global citizens are inspired.   

Following eight years of innovation exploring alternative learning environments, Dana Schuerholz is transforming Homestead School to Vashon Green School. The new name reflects her passion for sustainable, progressive, ground breaking educational opportunities. The VGS academic curriculum is rooted in the theory of multiple intelligences—an approach that recognizes each individual possesses a unique blend of different ways of thinking, learning, sensing and expressing. VGS engages each child’s unique gifts and seeks to identify and incorporate different learning modality strengths. When children feel empowered in their strengths they gain the courage and confidence to embrace challenges.

In 14 years of teaching a diverse population of students Dana discovered, not only do the more conventional learners, (those who excel at linguistic and logical intelligence,) thrive in a collaborative living classroom, students who excel primarily in other learning styles: visual, auditory, or tactile/kinesthetic learning can be empowered in ways that a conventional classroom is not able to meet their needs and creativity. This past year Amy Mercer came on board as a reading and writing specialist.  A certified Dyslexia specialist, diagnostician and excellent resource for creative learning solutions, Amy incorporates multi-sensory activities in her teaching and one-on-one tutoring to support students to utilize the unique strengths of each individual to develop fluency in challenging areas.

As a multi-age, independent primary school for students ages 5–9 (K-3), Vashon Green School creates a vibrant, lively, forum for students to discover, invent, create, learn and teach. On 7 acres of farm and woodland, the multitude of learning environments inside around tables as well as outside “classrooms” include:  math while seeding, planting, and harvesting in the field and greenhouse, science around wetlands with the ducks and macro-invertebrates, art and poetry in the pasture with chickens and sheep, anatomy and micro-biomes in the barn with the goats and perma-culture design projects with plants.  A small teacher/student ratio and broad range of thematic activities integrates visual, auditory, kinesthetic, logical and linguistic learning modalities.

  We begin the school day with Opening Circle, a time for gratitude, singing, movement. Each child holds a direction around our circle where we begin and end each day, eat lunch and gather for community celebrations. Chores bring us into relationship to the animals and plants we tend and provide opportunities for cooperation and big muscle movement.     

 

We begin the school day with Opening Circle, a time for gratitude, singing, movement. Each child holds a direction around our circle where we begin and end each day, eat lunch and gather for community celebrations.

Chores bring us into relationship to the animals and plants we tend and provide opportunities for cooperation and big muscle movement.     

  Main lesson, which includes math, writing, reading and illustration, brings us inside. Language Arts lessons follow five week unit themes. Monday mornings each child works with learning specialist Amy Mercer for 25 minute blocks in reading and writing.  A warm organic grain for snack nourishes each student mid-morning. 

 

Main lesson, which includes math, writing, reading and illustration, brings us inside. Language Arts lessons follow five week unit themes. Monday mornings each child works with learning specialist Amy Mercer for 25 minute blocks in reading and writing.  A warm organic grain for snack nourishes each student mid-morning. 

Afternoon classes explore the current unit theme through group and individual hands-on activities that include Fiber Arts, Visual Art, Permaculture/Gardening, Building, Land Stewardship, Emotional Literacy and Sensory Awareness Games, Closing circle is a time for children’s reflections of the day and spirited singing.

Afternoon classes explore the current unit theme through group and individual hands-on activities that include Fiber Arts, Visual Art, Permaculture/Gardening, Building, Land Stewardship, Emotional Literacy and Sensory Awareness Games, Closing circle is a time for children’s reflections of the day and spirited singing.

 
"Now I see the secret of the making of the best persons.
It is to grow in the open air and eat and sleep with the earth."

                                                                  - Walt Whitman

 
lessons around the fire circle

lessons around the fire circle

Program (see curriculum)
9:30 am – 3 pm  Monday -Thursday
 

For a five day educational program Vashon Wilderness Program is a great pairing with Vashon Green School for Fridays