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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.

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fall equinox: Plant Cycle Theme

Britt Freda

Week one:

As summer sunshine gives way to dew drenched autumn mornings, we too transition into a rhythm of learning, working and playing together at Homestead.  Welcome families to the first week in which we begin our study of plant cycles with a story about children and sunflowers.   

On Thursday, September 26 at 5:30 PM we gather to celebrate autumn equinox.  We will hopefully be pressing apples so bring a bag (or 2 or 3 or more) of apples and a mason jar.  Hope to see the whole family (grandparents and special friends are welcome too).  We will begin with a circle of gratitude followed by soup and toasted sun seeds.    

Read Along:
In this lesson block will be referencing Thomas Elper's, Botany in a Day and Caduto/Bruchac's Keeper's of Life, Discovering Plants Through Native American Stories.