The information below is about our 2018 Classes for Winter-Spring (Jan-June 2018). Enrollment is ongoing and you can join us at any time if there is space in the class you want.
If you are here looking for next year (2018-2019), be aware that we’ll be expanding to 4 day/week programming, with both half-day and full-day options. There will also be a new sliding scale in place to make the school affordable to all.
If you’d like to learn more about the school or the expanded program, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll be happy to share our plans with you.
REGISTER HERE for all classes
Classes for Homeschoolers: Winter-Spring TERM
Mondays FULL DAY: 9am-3pm (for children ages 5-10)
(extended day is also possible–just ask)
Tuesdays HALF DAY: 9am-1pm (for children ages 5-10)
Thursdays HALF DAY: 10am-2pm (This class is for students ages 7-11, and will incorporate woodworking and art, along with gardening and cooking. There will be less formal nature study.)
All classes are 20 weeks, January 22-June 18;
major holidays and school breaks are excluded
$1350 for Mondays
$800 for Tuesdays
$800 for Thursdays
Courses are limited to 8 students.
Our courses follow the seasons in the garden, so winter is a dormant time. We’re outdoors as much as possible to play–especially in snow–but our indoor time is focused on cooking and preserving food. We’ll learn to can vegetables, sprout seeds, and grow microgreens. Games and crafts occupy the indoor hours, and we take frequent field trips.
in the spring we’re tilling, planting, and cleaning up the garden after winter. This year we’ll be starting up our chicken coop, so the students will help build an outdoor pen and insulate the coop, getting it ready for chicks.
We incorporate basic biology and botany into our work, with all lessons evolving from hands-on experience in nature. Our teacher, Lauren Ockene, has 20 years experience teaching science and nature-studies to elementary-age children. There is one science lesson each day which takes from 60-90 minutes depending on the class.
The majority of the day is free time, and we spend it making art, playing board games, adding to our mural, observing the beehive, making our signature garden smoothies. A fleet of scooters gets us around the neighborhood and to the Arnold Arboretum and Forest Hills Cemetery.
There are regular field trips and workshops hosted by guests with various talents. Every course includes at least one day in the woods at Ponkapoag AMC in Canton, where we swim, hike and explore.
Monday After School Class
20 weeks–January 22-June 16
Our after school class focuses on cooking and play in the winter, and play and gardening in the spring. Outdoor play is incorporated as much as possible.
You are always welcome to drop by and tour our site at 133 Bourne St., meet with Andrée or Kannan, and learn about what we do.
Ask us about scholarships.
We’re in our second year of programming, with many happy families!
References are available.
REGISTER HERE for classes. Your first payment is a non-refundable deposit of 25% of the total cost, to hold your child’s place.
You may arrange one or two additional payments, as needed.