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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 twelve and thirteen: The Big Dipper and Restoring Balance

Britt Freda

     The last story for our Solar System unit was about Fisher and creation myth of the constellation of The Big Dipper.  For math children identified number sequences. A highlight of our main lesson time was their reports on their planets.  We went on two field trips.  The first was an adventure to Skeeter Creek.  The second a three hour hike along the near shore and intertidal ecosystems of Maury Marine Park. I shared the true story of how the land we journeyed upon had been saved by the people of Vashon-Maury Island. It was above all a story of restoring balance.  In keeping with a Homestead tradition we made beeswax candles in celebration of the returning sun at Winter Solstice.  We rehearsed all the songs we have learned over the past 13 weeks in preparation for the Winter Solstice Gathering.  For the gathering we sang:  The Canoe Song, La Arana Pequinita, If I Were To Talk To…, Zodiac Song, Bella Ciao, I am an Animal, Galaxy Song, Trees, and Light is Returning.