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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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a day at school

"To see the world in a grain of sand,
And heaven in a wildflower,
To hold infinity in the palm of your hand, 
And eternity in an hour."

                                --William Blake

 

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 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday mornings): we are inside and for math, writing, reading and illustration. Language Arts lessons follow five week unit themes.

Reading/Writing Laboratory (Monday mornings): students work individually or in groups of two or three for 25 minute sessions with learning specialist Amy Mercer.

A warm organic grain for snack is provided 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 spirited singing and students’ stories from the day and apples (something sweet), onions (not so sweet) and carrots (an act of kindness) followed by a closing verse by Goethe.

 

Daily Schedule:

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