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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 twenty: Delicate Wings

Britt Freda

Delicate Wings is a story that honors the act of making oneself vulnerable.  A teenage boy pushes through his fears and speaks his mind and feelings at the risk of losing very important friendships.  His courage not only saves the lives of some birds but, eventually, inspires his friends and actually strengthens their connections. Speaking up and listening lessons have been recurrent themes over the past six months at Homestead.  The emphasis on these basic elements of communication and seeking balance between listening and speaking is how we build emotional literacy foundations through narratives in our day-to-day learning at Homestead.

Tuesday morning wandered through the land looking for signs of the strengthening sun and identified by name twenty-eight species budding out.  Afternoons were filled with painting with acrylics adding layers of detail and color to their images of their nature names.