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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 seven: "Week of the Goats"

Britt Freda

For the week of the goats I told a story called The Goat Lady.  It is a story about perspective and understanding and ultimately empathy. Most of the people living in all the newer houses in the neighborhood complain about the Goat Lady’s unmaintained house and lawn, noisy rooster, big grey goose and unruly goats. The Goat Lady , Noellie is in her nineties when June and her brother Walt meet her and begin wonderful friendship that leads to their mother creating a series of paintings of Noellie and her goats which end up being shown at the Town Hall.  The paintings capture Noellie’s courage and kindness helping  help others in the neighborhood to truly  see her and understand and accept her lifestyle.  Their main lesson drawings also explore the idea of perspective and how things look different depending on our perspective, which we have the ability to change.  The story presents the idea that art has the power and potential to change the world.

Activities for the week were all about goats, including foraging ,observing, herding, grooming, trimming hooves, milking and making cheese.

We are also learning another new song called, If I Were to Talk to a…..

Number of the Week:  FOUR….4 seasons, 4 cardinal directions, 4 wheels on a car, 4 goats at Homestead…….4=4,   2+2=4,    1+3=4   3+1=4    1+1+1+1=4    1+2+1=4