Little Larks Fall Session

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$75 usd
Tue Sep 3, 9:00 AM - Fri Dec 20, 2:00 PM (EDT)
Meadowlark Farm School, 848 Shiloh Church Road, Palmyra, VA, United States  

Little Larks Playgarden is a forest school inspired program taught by Naomi Whiteley, Certified Waldorf teacher. We are a licensed family day home.

Spending time in nature is as essential to early childhood as growing food and naptime! In our Little Larks class, we gently introduce young ones to life on a small family farm, including tending for the smaller animals that live here and helping the garden to grow. No matter the weather, we tramp out each morning to explore. Storytime captivates our imagination and in circle, we stretch, bend, jump, sing and engage our whole body as we rustle up our appetite!

Little Larks Daily Rhythm
9:00 - Outdoor play and Meadowlark Farm “field trip”
10:00 - Wash up, Potty & Snack
10:15 - Story, songs, & circle
10:30 - Free play
11:30 - Hike to the “Big Woods”
12:30 - Picnic lunch (weather permitting)
1:00 - Head back to the farmhouse
1:30 - Rest
2:00 - Time to say goodbye

We believe every day should be rhythmical; predictable enough that the children rest in the knowledge of what’s coming, yet spaciousness enough that there is room for exploration where imagination can take wing. Our indoor classroom and outdoor spaces are filled with open-ended materials, rather than single-purpose toys that often limit a child’s play. We strive to offer a warm home-like environment, with materials found in nature (wood, cloth, wool, silk, shells, rocks, etc.) that engage, not overwhelm the senses. Each day will feature a snack and activity that anchor the child’s experience of their week.

Wholesome Snack of the Day
Tuesday - Stone Soup with barley or rice
Wednesay - Millet Pizza
Thursday - Homemade wheat bread & veggie
Friday - Oatmeal with cinnamon & dried fruit

Activities we will pursue:
Beeswax modeling
Wet on wet watercolor painting
Coloring with beeswax crayons
Nature table object hunting
Mud painting
Leaf rubbing
Flower and herb gathering
Feeding farm animals
Wetfelting with wool
Follow the leader
Sandcastle Building & Smashing
Making leaf and grass stew

Naomi Ganyo Whiteley

Meadowlark Farm School, 848 Shiloh Church Road, Palmyra, VA, United States
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