Our mixed-age home school program offers children the opportunity to use their all of their senses to  experience our gardens, friendly farm animals and the woodlands of West Rock Park.

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On the farm

We will learn about local produce, taste test vegetables and harvest this year’s crop. Children will meet the goats and sheep and spend time in the chicken yard. They will learn about the roles of the animals on the farm by collecting eggs, spinning wool, and helping with animal care. We will also explore soils, decomposers and compost with activities using our own red wiggler worms and compost system. Springtime will bring planting in the greenhouses and gardens and many baby animals to enrich our farm curriculum!

In the forest

We will explore the diverse wildlife and unique habitats surrounding our farm. In just a short hike, students can experience a variety of habitats while learning about native species and how their needs are met in an urban forest. We will play games, catch bugs and frogs and build woodland shelters. Learning about maple sugaring and watching and identifying birds at the feeders are favorite springtime activities.

This program builds community and challenges kids to use their senses and imaginations and to actively engage with the natural world.

Mixed-Age Program:

We welcome up to 32 children (with 4 teachers) in our fall and spring mixed-age class. Each week starts with a welcoming activity. This is play and social time for children and parents as everyone arrives. Each week, children may choose from 2 – 4 different activities (the number of choices depends on total enrollment), and our children ages 3 – 5 will have 1 or 2 activities designated especially for them. Our classes are entirely outdoors (unless we have a special cooking or art activity that needs an indoor space), and we are here rain or shine.

Parents are requested to stay and participate with children ages 3 – 5. Parents of children ages 6 – 12 are welcome to stay if you’d like to! Infant and toddler siblings (up to age 2) are welcome at no charge when under the supervision of a caregiver.

2016-2017 Mixed-Age Class Schedule:

  • Fall Session: Wednesdays: Sept 14 – Nov 16 (10 weeks). 1 – 3:30 PM. Ages 3 – 12. $195
  • Winter Session: One class per month (register for any or all – full winter series not required). $15 per child.
    • Weds, Dec 14, 9:30 – 12
    • Weds, Jan 11, 9:30 – 12
    • Weds, Feb 8, 9:30 – 12
    • Weds, March 22, 1 – 3:30
  • Spring Session: Wednesdays: April 5 – June 7 (10 weeks). 1 – 3:30 PM. Ages 3 – 12. $195.

Program fee: $195 per child.

Limited financial aid is available to qualified applicants from any town. Apply online HERE or – download an application HERE.

Questions? Call Rebecca Holcombe at 203-389-4333 x 1213 or email rholcombe@commongroundct.org.

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