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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.

rhythm 2014-15

 

H O M E S T E A D

Farm & Wilderness school
16245 Westside Hwy SW, Vashon

206.466.7398

www.homesteadschool.org

 

 

Rhythm of the Year 2015-16

 

1st Day of School:  Monday, September 21, 2015

Celebrations:  Autumn Equinox, Samhain, Winter Solstice, Imbolc, Spring Equinox, Mayday.

Last Day of School:  June 16, 2016

End of Year Ceremony / Solstice Family Campout on the Farm June 15-16

 

Rhythm of the Week

Four days a week 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Monday (land stewardship, sensory awareness games and workshops with guest mentors

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (math, language arts and hands-on activities)

 

Rhythm of the Day

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

9:30 am - Opening Circle: Daily Verse, Movement, Music, Gratitude

10:00 am- Chores

10:30 am - Main Lesson ( 4-5-week study units exploring  a total of 7 themes for the year  )

11:20 am – Whole Grain Snack

11:45 am – Main Lesson continued   

12:45 pm - Lunch/Free Play

1:45 pm-  Afternoon Lesson ( Hands-on Projects/Activities )

2:30 pm –Clean up/ Gather belongings

2:40 pm-  Closing Circle - Stories of the Day/ “Apples, Onions and Carrots”/ Song

3:00 pm – Closing Verse, Pick-Up

 

 

 

 

Curricular Support

Throughout the year, reviews posted on the website will provide support for parents wishing to integrate their home-schooling/ life-learning with Homestead’s weekly stories and lessons.

Parent Participation

An informal council of parents assists in organizing seasonal celebrations/rituals and Fundraising.

 

Parent Conferences

 

Parent Conferences will be scheduled for February

 

Ratio

1:10 Mentor to Student Ratio.  This refers to the maximum number of students to mentor.

Program Director and Mentor:

Dana Schuerholz, B.S., (Syracuse University, Photojournalism and Political Science) has taught in public and private schools from primary to college levels.  She has been building her toolbox of skills as an artist, community organizer, naturalist, land steward and teacher for many years.  She embraces the myriad of challenges and joys of mentoring and believes a foundation in the arts and connection to the natural world nurtures living a life guided by one’s soul.

Tuition

 Standard Tuition is $6,800.

Materials Fee

 $300. This covers one hot organic grain per day, high quality art supplies, baking, crafting and building materials.  Field trip costs are not included in this fee. Materials fee is due August 1.

Registration and Payment of Tuition:

Registration, with Non-Refundable Deposit of $680 due by March 15, 2015. Registration after this date will require a $50 Registration Fee. Deposit is applied towards tuition.

There are two payment plans for tuition:

Plan A offers three payments, due May 1, August 1, and December 1, 2015.

Plan B offers ten payments beginning June 1, 2015 - March 1, 2016.  Plan B requires electronic payments sent to Homestead’s address or checks placed in desk drawer in the barn.  

Tuition payments received after due dates for any plan, are subject to a $25 late fee. 

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Financial Aid/Fundraising: 

Homestead’s goal is to be accessible to any child regardless of their family’s financial status. Contact Dana for a Financial Aid Application. Deadline for financial aid requests is April 5. We ask for 100% participation in our annual fundraising activities.

 

1st Day of School:  Monday, September 15, 2014
Celebrations: Autumn Equinox, Samhain, Winter Solstice, Imbolc, Spring Equinox, Beltane.
Last Day of School: June 18, 2015
End of Year Ceremony / Solstice Family Camp-out on the Farm

Rhythm of the Week
Four days a week 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Monday (land stewardship, sensory awareness games workshops with guest mentors and field trips)
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (main lesson themes and hands-on activities)

Rhythm of the Day
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
9:30 am - Opening Circle: Daily Verse, Movement, Song, Gratitude, Chore
10:00 am - Math
10:30am - Reading

11:00 am – Whole Grain Snack
11:30 am – Language Arts ( 5-week study units exploring a total of 7 themes for the year)
12:30 pm – Lunch/Free Play
1:30 pm – Hands-on Projects 
2:30 pm –Clean up/ Gather belongings
2:45 pm– Closing Circle - Stories of the Day/ Apples and Onions/ Song
3:00 pm – Closing Verse, Pick-Up

Curricular Support
Throughout the year, weekly reviews will provide support for parents wishing to integrate their home-schooling/ life-learning with Homestead’s weekly stories and lessons.

Parent Participation
An informal council of parents assists in organizing seasonal celebrations/rituals and Fundraising.

Parent Conferences
Parent Conferences will be scheduled for December and will be available by request throughout the year.

Ratio
1:10 Mentor to Student Ratio. This refers to the maximum number of students to mentor.