Ah, the joys of being on the farm…

By Mrs. Sacha

Early Childhood activities:

The days spent at Outdoor School were so fruitful. Each child came to school eager and ready to explore nature. They gathered together each morning with their teachers and made delicious apple sauce for snack as the smell of the morning fire encircled around the farm. The class picked ripe, juicy pears, apples and plums.

The sounds of older siblings and friends in the grades classes echoed around the farm as they recited their verses and sang songs that filled the warm summer air. The children went to say hello to dear grades friends and teachers and to see what each grade was learning.

With the earth below their feet, they ventured into the meadow to live into their daily circle and curriculum time. The meadow was filled with magical moments picking blackberries, discovering a deep, deep hole and wondering who lived down there. The ancient evergreen stretched out its branches to let children climb upon it. They ran, sang and played with newly found friends.

The children painted together, played games and each child received a golden ball of yarn to play with or finger knit. Life is golden on the farm in the golden summer sunshine.

Before eating snack each day, the Early Childhood children share what they are thankful for.  Every day many children say, “I am so thankful for the farm!” It’s a remarkable thing that your children get to go to a school with a farm! Everyone had so much fun and they look forward to venturing to the farm every month!

What lucky children you have – and what great parents who send them to Swallowtail School!

Looking For Bugs

I happened to be there while the first and second graders were catching bugs! Here are a few lines from Mr. Kris followed by some pictures:

The First and Second Grade class came together during “Outdoor School” through exploring the farm and building a space together.  We had experiences with all of the elements at the farm.  We felt the cool water and the mud between our toes as we harvested clay, and worked with the earth to form dwellings for insects.  We fired our creations in a sawdust kiln and used the air itself to study some of the critters that live all around us. The children were able to use their own breath to capture and view our small friends using their “Pooters”.  This was great fun and our explorations led us to meet many different insects in many different places around the farm.  These experiences created a great foundation to build our class upon and helped us to ease our way from summer into the school year.

 

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Early September the beautiful new school year started in the Swallowtail’s gorgeous 26 acre property. Here are a few lines from Mr. Justin followed by some pictures:

Each September at Swallowtail we begin the year at Outdoor School.  For the first two weeks the students engage in projects, both artistic and practical, on our 26 acres of farmland in Hillsboro.  This has been such an amazing way to usher in the new year for students and teachers alike.  The children are not expected to go from the outward, fluid nature of the summer directly into their little desks and the more rigid form of the classroom setting.  It allows the children to breathe together as a class upon entering the new school year.  It allows them to play together and to experience the phenomena of nature.  It allows them to remember why they love coming back to school each fall.

 

Start of a great day

 

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Early Childhood enjoying a nice walk in nature

 

Getting ready for another fine day

 

A great start for a wonderful day

 

Learning while being in nature

 

School and nature combined. Can it get any better?

 

Making a path to the yurt

 

Preparing another path from the barn to the yurt

 

Looking for more bugs

 

Enjoying the fresh air

 

Everything always looks better when you are off the ground