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Archive for August 16th, 2010

Greetings Families!

September 14 will mark the first day of a new Fall season of Whole Earth Homeschool at Great Hollow! We are so excited.

Here are some important details and some additional information on our programs in general……

Our registration is still open, first come first serve. If you are a returning family and your forms are pending, please let us know right away so your spot doesn’t get away.

If you are a new family, don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any questions or if your registration is on the way. Some of these classes fill up very fast!

Registration forms are found on the registration page here on this blog (registration tab at the top of your page or the link provided). You need all three forms completed with a deposit before classes begin. We are strict about paperwork because we know your children are precious and your paperwork information gives us what we need to keep them as safe and happy as possible while romping through the backwoods!

Program overviews are located on the “about” page (see above navigation bar or use link provided).

Our programs are designed with a balance of freedoms, challenges, and purposeful structure. It is all based on nature and/or interdependence principles. Although our classes each have their own distinct emphasis, in all we do we weave together natural awareness, purposeful play, creative problem solving, team building, physical challenge, hiking, quiet times, journaling, water exploration, and the art of questioning. Survival skills are integrated to a greater or lesser degree, depending on the class.

All of our instructors are inspiring and well-trained. Each one is with us because they possess that special something; an exceptional skill set, bright and inspiring energy, wilderness awareness and animal knowledge, adventure training….. they each bring immense dynamic and individual gifts to the program.  Each class is assigned two instructors, who are paired with the best class for their skills and experience. Staff are trained in experiential education concepts and Whole Earth Homeschool curriculum, policy, protocol, first aid, and wilderness safety. Every course carries a fully stocked med-kit with them. Each group also creates and implements a group constitution which remains their personal compass of self-governing for the semester and sometimes beyond.

If we are blessed enough to share the magic of the Hollow and the joy of learning in nature with your family this year – we say thank you!

Earth teach me stillness

Earth teach me stillness

as the grasses are stilled with light.

Earth teach me suffering

as old stones suffer with memory.

Earth teach me humility

as blossoms are humble with beginning.

Earth teach me caring

as the mother who secures her young.

Earth teach me courage

as the tree which stands alone.

Earth teach me limitation

as the ant which crawls on the ground.

Earth teach me freedom

as the eagle which soars in the sky.

Earth teach me resignation

as the leaves which die in the fall.

Earth teach me regeneration

as the seed which rises in the spring.

Earth teach me to forget myself

as melted snow forgets it’s life.

Earth teach me to remember kindness

as dry fields weep in the rain.

~Ute, North American prayer

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