With our nurturing home environment, Farm School is your partner in your child's growth. From 6 weeks to 6 years old, we provide children with care and interactive outdoor education. The philosophy of Farm School is to use the outdoors to stimulate a child's interest in learning, helping them develop into a responsible and independent thinker with a lifelong love of learning.
At Farm School, the classroom is the great outdoors. The benefits of outdoor education have been studied extensively and are especially influential in early childhood because they can help children form habits that will stay with them for life. Outdoor learning has been associated with increased motivation, attention and academic achievement. It also promotes fitness, creativity and lower stress levels.
For more information about the benefits of outdoor learning, see:
"Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder," a 2008 national bestseller by Richard Louv about the importance of nature on children's physical and emotional development
“Outdoor Learning: The Secret to Improving Behaviour in Schools,” a 2016 Guardian article about how learning outdoors helps students socially and academically
“Quality Outdoor Play Spaces for Young Children,” a 2014 report by the National Association for the Education of Young Children on the benefits of outdoor play for children’s wellness
“Outdoor Learning: Education’s Next Revolution?” a 2014 Salon article about the benefits of outdoor learning for students of all ages
FOCUS ON SCIENCE
Curiosity is a natural trait of all young children. They want to ask, guess, explore, search and discover naturally. Here at Farm School, we designed and implemented outdoor classrooms. Farm School is at the forefront of the outdoor classroom trend that has erupted in recent years . We transformed outdoor spaces into learning environments where children can enjoy a full range of activities as they spend quality time in nature. We build on your child's eagerness to learn and discover and provide an environment of discovery. Children learn best through exploration and discovery. Farm School provides a variety of natural outdoor textures and opportunities to use the five senses, promoting deeper investigation.
We plant vegetables, flower gardens and fruit trees to watch the long- and short-term processes of growing. Gardens are where children's imaginations engage with nature and the result is joyful learning. We encourage wonder and information gathering. We ask questions that begin with "I wonder...," "what if...," or "how can we find out...?" to encourage deeper investigation. We encourage your child to write about or draw the objects he or she choses to explore. In our curriculum, each month has a different theme. For example, during a bird-and-egg themed month, children will observe natural bird nests up in the trees, a mother hen laying eggs and possibly the hatching of baby chicks. We don't need to go anywhere for field trips - they all happen here!
A person's capacity to learn language is at its peak in early childhood. At Farm School, the language of instruction is English, but Spanish is taught daily, helping children develop the skills they need to succeed in any language.