is to encourage each student’s discovery of the joy of learning through hands-on activities in nearby nature, in their home community and to nourish healthy lifestyles with local nutritious foods.
Louise's Farm School was created with your family in mind:
providing home schooled children with a community-centered social experience that meets multidisciplinary agendas, through environmental education (EE). EE is more than science; it combines all elements of natural and cultural history.
Our goal is:
to create holistic learners that pursue interests and solve problems by looking through a wide-angle lens, using scientific inquiry, historical understanding, cultural awareness and linguistic reflection."
Regarding Program:This is an outdoor-based enrichment program and it does not take the place of a formal school. The lessons we offer are interdisciplinary in nature.
LFS standards serve as rigorous goals for instructing and learning. They have been gathered from various state and national environmental education standards and customized to fit our local needs. Contemporary society is placing immense academic demands on learners. Clear statements about what LFS participants should know and be able to do are essential to ensure that our program offers participants a foundation for environmental literacy.
LFS has identified the following educational benchmarks. These learning goals should be met across four sessions.
1. Environmental Sensitivity: Learners develop sensitivity for the natural environment.
2. Nature Studies: Learners develop a foundation for ecological concepts.
3. Outdoor Pursuits: Learners make healthy lifestyle choices by participating in outdoor physical activities.
4. Farms and Food: Learners appreciate the value of nutritious food and are able to trace the progression from “farm to fork.”
5. Our Shared Alaskan Experience: Learners explore the unique cultural and geographical aspects of our local and regional community.
As a service to families and a measure of instructional quality, lessons are aligned to Alaska State scope and sequence standards. With our focus of experiential education, LFS strives to make learning relevant to life, combining many disciplines to explore a given concept.
Previews are sent home each Friday during programming in order for parents to prepare for the following week. LFS encourages parents to review concepts and extend themes at home. Lesson summaries may be used to facilitate participants’ Individual Learning Plans when families meet with their home school advisor.
Chickadees: Hands-on, thematic environmental education
Chickadees discover ecological principles using sensory awareness activities and through investigations of our local natural and built environments. With an emphasis on seasonal change, students build interdisciplinary concepts and skills based on what they do, see and hear and taste.
Magpies: Project-based as well as place based environmental education
Magpies work collaboratively to complete and present projects, emphasizing relevant, local investigations. This approach involves the student in decision-making and problem-solving processes and encourages both teamwork and individual strengths. Community ties are often strengthened with field trips and guest speakers. One project may last the entire session.
The Chickadees (age 5) and Magpies (ages 6,7) meet Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 9:30 to 12:30
Ravens: Project based environmental education
Ravens investigate relevant local environmental issues within a ranging complexity of topics. Project based learning requires interdisciplinary group interactions and problem solving. These long term projects offer the opportunity to engage learners in higher order thinking skills and objectives. This approach develops nuanced attitudes and behaviors towards environmental stewardship. Ravens will identify and seek to work in cooperation with state agencies and private organizations within our community.
The Ravens program ( ages 8,9) will meet on Thursdays from 9:30 to 2:30Eagles: Project based environmental education
The Eagles will be investigating project based and relevant local environmental issues within a ranging complexity of topics. The Eagles class will compare closely to the Ravens program by working on long term projects and offering the opportunity to engage learners in higher order thinking. Eagles may identify and seek to work in cooperation with state agencies and private organizations within our community.
The Eagles program ( ages 10,11) will meet on Monday's from 9:30 to 2:30
Owls: Project based environmental education
Louise’s Farm School is offering an Owls class based on expressed interest. This Owls class is for learners who are 12-13 yrs old. The Owls will be investigating relevant local environmental issues within a ranging complexity of topics. The Owls program will compare closely to that of the Ravens and Eagles project based programs. These classes will differ in the topics explored from program to program. Owls will be working with long term projects that offer the opportunity to engage learners in higher order thinking.The Owls program ( age 12, 13) will meet on Wednesday's from 9:30 to 2:30
Natural Numbers and Nouns : Math and Language arts skills through nature based projects
Each week learners will take on a project that requires the use of writing, reading and math skills. Emphasis will be on learning the fundamentals in each of these three disciplines. Group size will be small allowing for individual attention to each child's proficiency level in both math and language arts. As always at LFS, completion of the projects will require learners to move around outside on the farm traveling on foot, skis or snowshoes from fields to forest to wetlands. Projects will have a real-world context some examples of which include conducting tree surveys, calculating forest health indicators, mapping as well as evaluating tree benefits.
The Natural Numbers and Nouns program ( ages 8,9) meets on Tuesday's from 9:30-2:30.
Louise’s Farm School has a student to instructor ratio of 6:1 for the Chickadee group, and 8:1 for the Magpie, Eagle, Raven and Owl groups.
Fees and Payment Arrangements:
Magpies and Chickadees
Natural Numbers and Nouns
* Please note a one week discount will be applied to the spring sessions tuition for learners who have attended for the full year.
**The Ravens, Owls and NNN class will not run during the first week of April 2015 to allow for SBA testing.
***Louise's Farm School will be observing the following holidays: Nov. 11 (Veteran's Day) Nov. 26 ( Alaska Pacific University Holiday) Nov. 27, 28 (Thanksgiving)
Once a session begins, no refunds will be given for early withdrawal.
Home School Allotment: Louise’s Farm School accepts payment from the local home school programs, including Twindly Bridge, IDEA and Matsu- Central Correspondence , Raven Correspondence and Cyberlinks.
Please note on purchase order forms and in your child's ILP that all of our classes cover multiple learning disciplines including outdoor environmental education, science, social studies and physical education. Our NNN class also includes math, reading and writing skills.
Paying out-of-pocket: Personal checks should be made out to APU FIELD School. Payment for the full session must be complete before the first day of the program. Thank you.
Louise’s Farm School will not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, age, gender, national origin, affiliation or economic status.
Louise’s Farm School will be subject to canceling programming due to unsafe road conditions or other safety hazards as declared by Mat-Su Borough School District. We will do our best to notify you via email in a timely fashion of any delay or cancellation; however, it is your responsibility to be aware of such alerts. Listen to local radio stations or visit http://www.matsuk12.us/ if you are doubtful. We honor safety first.
Megan Rock, Coordinator at 907.746.2714 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Rubinstein Director of MSOEE at 907.746.2700 or email@example.com
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