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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 eight: "Providing"

Britt Freda

Our story illustrated the simple and sometimes challenging reality that for any animal to live, life is taken.  Some animals kill plants and many must kill other animals to survive.   The ducks eat duckweed and grubs and tadpoles.  The raccoon mama feeding her young will kill the duck.  And coyote may kill the baby raccoon.  The squirrels eat seeds that otherwise might grow into trees and the owl eats the squirrel.  Each species makes their best effort to stay healthy and raise their young.   Wild animals only take what they need and in that way gratitude is known.  We imagined the gestures various animals have that is their way of giving thanks.  Just like we give thanks before we eat our snack together everyday at Homestead.

For math we wrote numbers in order in a grid, using a color pattern to identify and distinguish the even numbers from the odd numbers.  

We began designing and building the chick and duckling enclosure.  We acknowledged that we must behave like any mama hen and do what we can to provide a safety and nourishment for our young.  The post pounding was a huge highlight.  I expect we will finish sometime next week,  as I am giving them full ownership of this project and that makes it slow going, but oh so satisfying.