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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 six: Samhain Celebration

Britt Freda

Song of the Animal Behavior Lesson Block: I Am an Animal by Dana Lyons. Dana lyons i am an animal free mp3 download - Mp3olimp.com

We have put away our form drawing books for our grid patterned math books for the next 5 weeks.   We are working on addition and exploring the quality of numbers 1-5  (not in order) over the next 5 weeks

I decided to use our first week of Animal Behavior Main Lesson time  to review our Plant Cycles writings and drawings.  We read and listened to their summaries of the stories.   Their work is beautiful and they are proud of it.  Please take the time to review it with them.  The yurt is always open after Homestead even if I have to leave.

All of our afternoon activities focused on Samhain Celebration preparations. We created an ancestors altar with pictures we drew or brought in of loved ones who have passed on. There was path maintenance(which involves tool use and safety as well as plant identification) for safe travels through the enchanted forest and fairy house construction.  The highlight of the week was harvesting our pumpkins and then carving them. There proved to be math lessons and lot of opportunity for cooperative problem solving as we had 7 pumpkins and  there are 8 Homesteaders.  The ease and grace around sharing and working together with this group of children is a beautiful thing to nurture and witness.

And thank you to all ( including Homestead OWL clan alumni and families ) who helped to create a magical and meaningful Samhain Celebration. I believe such co-creation of a culture of connection centered around this group of children is one very important way in which we honor their souls.