Humanities at Heartmoor

Opportunity for Homeschooling Enrichment

Humanities at Heartmoor
Tuesdays and Thursdays
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sept 4, 2018 – May 30, 2019 (academic year commitment)
$110.00 per meeting (tuition payable monthly)
If your family and child are an excellent fit but cost is prohibitive, please let me know and I will consider a sliding scale.
For the year: 66 meetings total = $7,260.00

Contact us to register: seeyou@heartmoorfarm.org

There is space for five children (11 – 13 years old).

Topics to be covered: Language Arts, literature, discussion, creative writing, essay writing, grammar, research, history, culture, geography, drama

We study Humanities in order to investigate aspects of human society and culture. Traditionally this has included ancient and modern languages, literature, geography, philosophy, history, religion, art, and musicology.

At Heartmoor the children will immerse themselves in reading and writing across content areas.

We will aspire to broaden our perspective on the human experience by examining the struggles and triumphs of others. Through this examination the child recognizes similarities of emotion and responses, and this familiarity binds us together, as humans, through time and space. We come to understand the gifts and challenges of being human. The children also realize that each individual matters and see that they, personally, can make a contribution. “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” -William James

We will study biographies of well known and lesser known individuals providing fertile ground for the student’s development of personal values. We have capacity to show compassion and feel love, we can imagine lives of people we have never met. Reading about lives of others assists the student in developing respect for generations who have come before us and on whose shoulders we stand.
We can do, make, and create. To envision yourself as an active protagonist in your own life, in your community, and in the world is a goal of this study.

Child weaves branches of leaves through strings on a branch. She's wearing a blue hat and a calico cat is sitting at her side.

Great stories are the basis of a rich cultural awareness. Questions and discussion will be at the center of our study. Basic curiosity about other humans, their lives, and questioning how they fulfill their fundamental human needs will drive our inquiry into other cultures. Studying history through the lens of literature, music, theatre, geography, and art offers a rich palette of opportunities for exploration. Specific historical periods for examination will be determined based on previous study of participants.

As a Russian Studies major and theatre minor at Washington and Lee University, I appreciate how literature can inform our understanding of others and how through the written word, we can grow in our compassion and openness.

Book Group entails reading, answering questions, and sharing personal perspective in a small group setting. Adding a dramatic aspect to our investigative study will enliven history for the children. There will be opportunity to write about individuals from history and present his/her story in Dramatis Personae performance.

 

Sources/Articles for parent inspiration:

+ Why Study the Arts and the Humanities?

+ Philip Snow Gang Website

 

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Summer Camps 2018

Summer Enrichment students will spend the majority of their time outside working, exploring, and learning on the land.

 

 

WEEK I:

JUNE 11 – 14

Woodworking and Art, $475.

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday -Thursday

Overnight camp experiences where children (ages 9 – 13) will camp in tents in the meadow, tend animals and gardens, help prepare delicious local and organic meals for one another. Children will have open time to play outside in the creek as well as guided reflective time observing and journaling. Project time in the workshop will include wood working and clay as well as other opportunities to explore artistic media. Past projects have included: a flower press, small treasure box, bat box, cutting board, a vast array of clay creations both hand-built and wheel thrown, plus handmade/stitched journals.

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97 tickets remaining.

$475.00


WEEK II: 

JUNE 18 – 22 

Peace Village, $200.

9:00 – 4:00 p.m. daily

(limit 24 participants)

New offering at Heartmoor, inspired by a dear friend’s work with Peace Village Global in Portland, OR we are excited to host a community of 24 children, ages 8 -13, leading them in experiences to build skills in conflict resolution, mindful movement, connection with nature and media awareness. Sponsored in part by Staunton Montessori School.

 

 

 

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20 tickets remaining.

$200.00

 

WEEK III:

JUNE 25 – 28

Woodworking and Art, $475

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday -Thursday

Overnight camp experiences where children (ages 9 – 13) will camp in tents in the meadow, tend animals and gardens, help prepare delicious local and organic meals for one another. Children will have open time to play outside in the creek as well as guided reflective time observing and journaling. Project time in the workshop will include wood working and clay as well as other opportunities to explore artistic media. Past projects have included: a flower press, small treasure box, bat box, cutting board, a vast array of clay creations both hand-built and wheel thrown, plus handmade/stitched journals.

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24 tickets remaining.

$475.00

 

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Montessori In-Home Consultation

In the hurried pace of today it is so important to set aside time to consider one of the fundamental life building blocks: the family. The intentions set and shared in partnership ripple out into your family life in powerful and supportive ways.

I would be honored to work with you as you navigate the terrain of parenthood.

The work of parenting is an ongoing, dynamic enterprise, one that requires attention and personal reflection. Oftentimes this important topic of parenting is taken up in the late evening hours after children have gone to bed and adults are exhausted.

I am offering to act as a guide for you and your spouse or other support caregiver as you sit together with the intention of considering your child(ren), asking who he/she is, and how you are, individually and as a family, supporting the child.

Let’s attain a greater understanding of your child as we attend to your questions and concerns. 

The love you have for your child ideally should be tangible in the physical space that surrounds him/her.

We can brainstorm ways this can be more clear and refined.We can look at particular scenarios and specific rooms/areas of the home.

  • What times of day seem to flow well in your home?

  • What patterns are stumbling blocks to activity and harmony?

  • In what new ways are you noticing your child developing?

  • How do you envision your family strengthening?

Please contact me to schedule an initial one hour in-home consultation ($75.00).   elizabeth@heartmoorfarm.org

Elizabeth Hale-MacKinnon is profoundly connected with children, she respects them and their unfolding potential. Over the past twenty years, she has gained administrative and teaching experience in both Montessori and Waldorf schools. Elizabeth is dual trained through the Association Montessori Internationale (primary training for 3-6 year olds and elementary training for 6-12 year olds). Pedagogically and personally, she is able to shed light on child development. In addition to her experience with children, she is a sensitive listener and especially enjoys learning about a family’s values, as well as what parents wish for their children. As a natural observer and investigator, she delights in helping adults find solutions to issues especially when this understanding benefits the growth of the child and strengthens the family.

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100 tickets remaining.

$75.00

“Elizabeth was so helpful in pinpointing simple additions/modifications to our current routine to include our 3 year old more in the day to day.  This has been so helpful in her sense of independence and joy as an important member of her family AND we didn’t have to buy anything (toys, games, etc) to make it happen!”  -Robin

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A Child’s Day Retreat at Heartmoor – 2018 dates

Let your child became a student of Nature.

Come to Heartmoor Farm to listen, observe, share and DO.

Saturdays 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

January 20 – Wood Working
February 10 – Leather Working
March 10 – Printmaking
April 21 –  Hand Building with Clay
May 5 – Earth Art

Cost: $75 per meeting

We know how important it is for our children to spend spend time in natural surroundings. We are happy to introduce a special opportunity for children enjoy a day-long retreat at Heartmoor Farm so that they may recharge under the trees.

Remember how it feels to be in the natural world? Sitting with your back against a tree, or resting on a large rock in the creek, watching and listening, actively engaging all your senses in order to realize where you are is a whole-person experience.

See, hear, smell, touch and taste: water moving in the creek, the breeze rustling branches and leaves, notice squirrels scurry by, the birds’ song overhead and feel when a woodpecker swoops so near to you, you are practically carried on its wing. These experiences comfort and revitalize humans.

When in nature we remember the connection we have with all of life.

 

Work in the garden, tend the animals and the trails, build birdhouses, sow and reap, wash and cook, eat and laugh – PLAY and WORK, fill your day with meaningful opportunities to learn about yourself and others.

When the irises bloom, do you know what else is blooming? Notice when the blueberries are ready to gather. Watch a flock of chickens hunt for insects. Identify and harvest herbs then make tea to share with others. Make your own journal and fill it with your observations of nature. Paint, draw, sculpt, design, and create.

 

 


In camp this summer at Heartmoor children made bat houses, flower presses, journals, and cutting boards. Children made treasure boxes and decorated them with flowers they had pressed. Several children threw a pot on the pottery wheel and everyone enjoyed hand-building with clay. They made bread and homemade pasta, pesto, and hummus with fresh dill from the garden. Homemade pizza was a favorite as each child created their own pizza. These recipes were recorded so they can be practiced at home. This fall give your child the opportunity to experience the woodshop and explore clay. He/she will be introduced to a new project each Saturday and any unfinished projects from previous visits can be completed as well.


 


 


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