Work for the hands to do... Homeschool Archive Work & Play Community-based Education Ages 5-12 Nurturing a Pawpaw Sapling Nature Study / Blackboard Drawing by a Fifth Grade Student A field trip to Carol & Dale Bahr's farm.  The Homeschool Group with HSF Land Overseer Karen Egan Below are descriptions and documentation of past Homeschool programs. Program Summary Experience all that is coming to life here at Homeadow Song Farm: We explore with all our senses the flowers, trees, insects, and animals. Older children work with field guides, while younger ones are engaged through imaginative images and play. Our outdoor experience will be enhanced and deepned through the use of story, poem, painting, drawing, clay modeling, flower press making, and more. Pond activities: This is the season of water!  Where are the ponds?  What are the clues of underground water?  Where is it coming from? How do we use it in our Work and Play? What animals and plants do we observe in these areas? We introduce children to our wetland area being developed into a rain garden near the children's play area. Plant nursery activities: Planting seeds for some of the plants we use in the fall for dying yarn and cloth, salves and feasting will bring the children's awareness full circle. We also plant and tend plants for our rain garden. These are plants that love/seek water, are beautiful, native and attract beneficial insects and birds. The students also plan, prepare the ground for and plant a Native American "Three Sisters Garden" of corn, beans, and squash.  The bounty of this garden will be used in fall season programming. Geography/Mapmaking:  "Places We Know" -- Children and teachers translate their experiences at Homeadow Song Farm into three-dimensional maps made from clay, sticks and other materials collected on the farm.  A Summary of the Morning Program The primary focus of this time is making a series of animal containers with clay. Most children's clay classes are engaging and provide a taste of various techniques to make a series of objects. Our lessons build on that experience with projects beginning with the rhythmic process of creating and opening a sphere of clay held between two hands and then forme shape from there. Instructor Eileen Frechette with the Homeschool Group harvesting flowers for their Natural Dyeing Project At work in the garden Homeadow Song Farm