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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 two: "Beauty and The Bean"

Britt Freda

     Our second week studying Plant Cycles focused on beans. We harvested beans from our three sisters garden (seeded and planted by many of the children last Spring.)   We shelled and sorted beans. And we let their beauty inspire our watercolor painting.                                                                                                                                                                                 

      The story this week, Beauty and the Bean, was about a little girl named Millicent who learns that when she shares what she loves and knows to be beautiful that hearts sing and happiness is cultivated in the world. It is a story about tending life in all its forms and beauty.  Ask your child how whistling birds became songbirds.

     In the tradition of creating beauty we began Form Drawing this week.  (Form Drawing for Beginners, by Donna Simmons) We also began research on their nature names and understanding the 8 directions around the stump circle.  We had our first truly successful round of the Canoe Song ! Have them teach it to you,  and sing it with them.   We ended the week with picking and baking apples for a Thursday afternoon celebration of plants and all they give.