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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.

2013-14 weekly snapshots

week three: "Cedar Cycles"

Britt Freda

The story of the week: cedar cycle was about two grand cedars in an ancient forest.  The story illustrates the difference between perennial and annual plant cycles, as well as, draws connections between the cycle of a tree’s life and the 8 shields.  *Asking your child to tell you about the week’s story is a great way to foster the “tell me more about what you are learning in school” conversation.

We continue our form drawing exercises.  The children are showing great focus with the rhythm of these Waldorf/ Steiner inspired exercises. 

Also this week each student chose her/his tree for the year. They will track the seasons by following the cycles of their tree. We began this study with field guide research and drawings of the leaves/needles and seeds of their respective trees.  *This is a great thing to ask your children to teach you. 

During chore time, we are grinding Abanake corn into cornmeal to make lots of tortillas for the last day of our seed saving (Monday) workshop next week, October 21st.

A highlight from the week was our, Thursday afternoon, field trip to Skeeter Creek where we ate lunch, explored the creek bed, discovered fairy temples and created our own ceremony (entirely initiated by the kids) in honor of the 8 shields (each of their directions).

 I am thrilled to be learning and working with all of your children!