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Planting the Seeds of Knowledge

Planting the Seeds of Knowledge

Here is a sneak peak at a wonderful homespun addition to our Friday learning bank. I’m calling it a learning bank instead of a curriculum as it feels more abundant and ready than ‘curriculum’. I always have my eyes peeled as I go along my daily tasks, mining for gems to add to our bank, and this one was a strike of gold.

Written and hand-illustrated by fellow home-schooling, homesteading mother, Kristine Brown (aka Tansy) these monthly morsels are chock-full of fun and wisdom. Replete with facts, lore, projects, puzzles, recipes, and seasonal relevance, she has created the perfect activity booklet for kids (and grown ups!) who love plants and herbal healing. Our Jr. Naturalists will be using portions as a seamless supplement to botany/herb class.

Herbal roots is available (a new one each month) through Tansy’s etsy shop, LunaFarm Creations, and she updates us regularly through hr wonderful homestead blog, Dancing in a field of Tansy. Her formal website is Luna Herb Co. Feel free to order one for yourself or give as a gift to a friend!


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(Click “Registration” in above navigation links to access the registration files, which also list costs)

feather-and-lichenAfter so much snow this year I think we are more ready than ever for Spring! Of course, we could get a noreaster at any moment now. ūüôā But none-the-less we are indeed gearing up for our Spring Homeschool semester. Wohoo!¬†

I wanted to announce to everyone the additions of TWO NEW PROGRAMS …. in response to our growing family needs and feedback. On Tuesday, we will be offering the EXPLORERS …. for ages 7-11. Folks who’s older children take the wilderness skills, you now have a option for your younger children as well. ¬†Wednesday we will be offering PIONEERS 1 ….. for new or first year Pioneers. Many Pioneers have been here now for two or three years, and are ready to do new things and not repeat. It will give all of our Pioneers, both new and returning, a much richer curriculum.¬†

So…. our Spring will look like THIS:

(All days are from 9am – 3pm.)


Wilderness Skills ages 12-17. *FULL*

This spring will be concentrated on Bow and Arrow skills…. *please be sure your child has theirs in advance.* Plenty of camouflage attire is recommended!

Habitat Explorers ages 7-11. *In Need of MORE participants

Lots of exploring! Hiking, collecting, games, identification, tracking, animal stalking, and creative learning. A bit of everything. I’d like this group to evolve ¬†into a “green” group, taking on subjects and projects pertaining to conservation and sustainability.¬†


Pioneers 1: CANCELED



Wilderness Challenge  *FULL*

Ages: 11-17
Emphasis: Physical challenges, survival skills and first aid, teamwork initiatives, navigation, wild food and water, tracking, shelters. Our most physically demanding program.
Scouts  *Still room
Ages: 7-9
Emphasis: Foundational nature skills, habitats, weather, storytelling, history,  plant and animal studies, eco-games, nature projects, positive social skills, and more
Pioneers 2   *FULL
Ages 9-12
Emphasis: Intermediate Nature skills and discovery; building projects, eco-games, teamwork, camouflage, tracking, awareness skills, fire building, traditions.
Micro-Scouts    *Still room
Ages 4-6
Emphasis: Observations, eco-games, nature art, collecting and sorting, examining and inquiry, hiking, weather, story, animals and plants, respect.
Jr. Naturalist    *FULL
Ages 7-14
Emphasis: Observational skills, botany and herbal medicine making, animal/nature symbiosis, eco-games, nature journals, tracking, birdwatching, conservation, and some primitive skills.

OK that’s the nutshell! Don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions.

Click on the registration link up top for the documents.

Be well – Ananda

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