We offer one Homeschool Program each month on the first Friday of every month from 1:00-3:00pm starting September 6, 2013 and continuing until May 3, 2014. Each monthly lesson includes classroom instruction, outdoor activities, scientific experiments and exploration, and even homework. We use hands-on methods to reinforce students’ abilities in not only science, but also math, language arts, and social studies.
During the monthly lesson and/or longer specialized field trips or student workshops, children of all ages are taught together, and we emphasize multi-age learning and peer assistantship. The ages of our students range from 5 to 13. Younger students experiencing a lesson for the first time learn the basics of the topic, and students with some previous experience build upon their knowledge and solidify their understanding through more in-depth exposure to the topic.
All of our homeschool lessons will occur rain or shine, hot or cold! Please have children dress for the weather, be prepared to go outside rain, snow or shine and wear clothes that can get wet and/or muddy!
2013-2014 Monthly Curriculum
September 6 - Ocean and Bay
October 4 - Dune and Beach
Hills of sand within a special coastal forest provide protection for wildlife… and us! And that sand!! A closer look will tell a story of what happened not long ago. “You never step (onto) the same (beach) twice!” Meet at the dunes on 48th Street in Avalon.
November 1 - Salt Marsh in Winter
Wildlife in the salt marsh doesn’t disappear for the winter; there is still a lot going on. This field study will focus on the changes of the season and how wildlife gets ready for the on-coming chill.
December 6 - Backyard Birds
This is the time of year to feed the birds. Setting up a feeding station keeps them close for observation and gives us an on-going project of science, language arts, math, and geography activities, dovetailing with Cornell University’s Project FeederWatch’s winter- long bird survey.
January 3 - Natural Arts and Sciences: Nature Journaling
Keeping track of nature’s comings and goings, ups and downs, ins and outs is not only an interesting and fun thing to do, but overtime noticing the patterns that emerge (like when the goldfinches get their color, or when the red maples bloom, or when your shadow is the shortest or longest)…. this is where real science begins.
February 7 - Hunters in the Sky: Raptors and other Birds of Prey
Whooo can see a mouse from a mile away? Whooo can fly silently through the forest at night? Whooo loves to eat….skunks?? Skilled predators on the wing need specific body parts that will help them do what they do, specific habitats which provide what they need, and specific food for energy to fly, hunt, and raise their young.
March 7 – Water Cycles and Watersheds
Water is all around us, all the time, and always moving. The concepts related to water-cycling in the watersheds give a whole new meaning to “Go with the Flow”.
April 4 – Wandering Watersheds Part 1: Forest Wetlands and Ponds
Exploring water in the forest making discoveries about where it wells up from under the ground and what that means for wildlife as the water makes its way to the sea. Meet at Tuckahoe Wildlife Management Area.
May 2 – Wandering Watersheds Part 2: Rivers to Estuary
As water flows to the sea it changes the land, the wildlife and …itself! Compare rivers as they flow into an estuary – fresh, brackish, to salty sea. Meet at Tuckahoe Wildlife Management Area.
2013-2014 Specialty Family Field Trips and Student Workshops
February 1 – Student Workshop: Natural Arts & Sciences (Details and Pricing TBA)
February 8 - Family Field Trip: Natural Lands Trust Glades Preserve (Details and Pricing TBA)
May 3- Family Field Trip: Bike Across the Bay (Details and Pricing TBA)
Price: Each lesson costs $8.50 per student.
Group Size: We can accommodate groups of 8 to 20 students per class. There is no charge for parents or siblings who do not participate in the lesson.
Please Note: To make the most out of the experience and to minimize distractions for registered children, we ask that siblings under 5 be cared for separately from the rest of the class. As appropriate, we will provide games, activities, separate space, toys, etc for smaller children. However, it is the accompanying adult’s responsibility to monitor their behavior during the program.
Registration Procedure: Please call (609) 368-1211 to schedule at least one week in advance. Your child is not committed to attend every month’s lesson. Although each lesson tends to build on its predecessors, you can pick and choose the lessons best suited to your child.
Please email Sue Slotterback, Environmental Educator at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.