Mountain Sage is thrilled to offer three sections of Homeschool Enrichment in the 2020-2021 school year:
• Monday Enrichment class meets from 8:30am - 3:30pm and is designed for children ages 10-12.*
• Thursday Enrichment class meets from 8:30am - 1:50pm and is designed for children ages 7-9.*
• NEW! Forest Kindergarten Homeschool Enrichment class is an outdoor based program that meets on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 8:30am - 11:30pm and is designed for children ages 5-6.*
A year long commitment is required for students to enroll in the Mountain Sage homeschool enrichment program. A student may attend only one publicly funded homeschool enrichment program. *Students must meet the age criteria by August 1st in the year they hope to attend.
Learn more about : Monday & Thursday Homeschool Enrichment Classes for Ages 7-12
Mountain Sage Community School offers a rich and engaging homeschool enrichment program to homeschool students. This program is perfect for families wanting to enrich their homeschool life with a rhythmic touchstone based in the arts, nature, and community. Through frequent time in nature and our Waldorf-inspired, arts-integrated curriculum, our program emphasizes connection, creativity, self-awareness, and many kinds of movement and skill building. While the younger students learn primarily through imitation, imagination, and play, the older students are working more deeply with content and games that require a greater level of maturity, coordination, and thinking.
In the 2020-2021 school year, our Homeschool Enrichment days will begin with main lesson, led by teacher Sara K. Woll. Main Lesson includes singing, recitation, yoga, team building games, an artistic activity, and a story. Artistic activities include watercolor painting, writing, drawing and crafts. Our stories are inspired by the changing seasons, and are connected to the rich festival life at Mountain Sage. The main lesson blocks, in which one theme is carried through a four week period, are rooted in the developmentally appropriate Waldorf curriculum.
Main lesson will also include frequent nature walks together to the beautiful natural areas along the Spring Creek and the Cache la Poudre River, both of which flow right by our school campus. There is so much learning to be done while spending time in nature. We might see the handiwork of beavers, find an owl pellet, or spy a Great Blue Heron. All parts of the children are enlivened and engaged as they relate to each other and the environment together.
The experiences they share while outside in nature lay the groundwork for the multi-faceted learning that occurs during the rest of our day at Mountain Sage.
Following main lesson and a recess and snack, homeschool students receive the best of our arts-integrated specials program, with our expert staff leading children through a wide variety of experiences. They attend classes in Performing Arts, Music, Handwork, and Games/Movement.
In Handwork class, led by Ms. Barbara Albert and Ms. Laura Anderson, each project is selected to teach specific skills, develop dexterity, and build a strong work ethic. Providing a bridge from play to work, Handwork classes strive to be relaxing and fun, while at the same time allowing for purposeful activity, beauty, color and form to help shape human beings who are ready to go into the world with new and creative ideas. By the end of the year, it is the goal that students will have enjoyed creating with a wide range of tools and materials and that they have made something beautiful.
In Games/Movement class, led by Mr. Michael Ludolph, in this outdoor class students learn spatial awareness, directional paths, tag games, and cooperative games in a fun and creative way. Students experience a variety of games that encourage them to work and communicate as a unified group. They also work on basic fundamental skills and practice game play as it pertains to throwing, catching, and kicking, all integral to the Games/Movement learning environment.
In Performing Arts class, instructor M. Aleah Black brings dance, theater, and storytelling to deepen the Waldorf curriculum. Through improvisation and body awareness exercises, students develop performance skills. By embodying different archetypes and aspects of characters, they are able to try on different ways of being and out of those experiences grows compassion and emotional awareness. M. Black helps to create our magical all school festivals, and guides students in Performing Arts class to build their capacities to participate as part of the larger school community of the day of the festivals.
Music class with Ms. Docherty incorporates singing, recorder playing, movement, and experience with various instruments. Children learn beautiful, seasonally appropriate songs in music class at Mountain Sage. Creating music together is a powerfully unifying experience for our homeschool students.
A rich social life develops each day when the class meets. The experiences our homeschool students share spending time in nature, playing games, learning and collaborating, and building skills as makers, thinkers, performers, and musicians form the foundation for deep friendships. This cultivates a sense of belonging and connection for our homeschoolers.
We are proud to offer such an integrative and unique enrichment program to the homeschooling families in our community.
Learn More about : Forest Kindergarten Homeschool Enrichment
Our Forest Kindergarten Homeschool Enrichment class is an outdoor based program beginning in the 2020-2021 school year. The class will meet on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8:30am - 11:30pm and is designed for children ages 5 and 6.
In our Forest Kindergarten Homeschool Enrichment class, children are given the gift of free playtime in nature. This homeschool enrichment program for five and six year olds is perfect for those families wanting a school experience rooted in rhythm, nature, and community. With lead teacher Sara K. Woll and her assistant, the children walk together to a beautiful natural area we call "The Fairy Woods" to play in the trees and sometimes on the bank of the river for our primarily outdoor homeschool kindergarten enrichment experience.
Nature is a living teacher.
When children are given time in nature, they know just what to do and get busy right away. Climbing, listening, building, resting, lifting, singing, estimating, laughing, measuring, making friends, and negotiating roles and rules of their rich imaginative play are just a few of the ways that young children learn outdoors.
Our time in the woods begins and ends with opening and closing circles. Taking our themes from the seasons, we sing, speak verses, move and play games that bring us together as a class. Storytelling holds a place of importance in the Waldorf approach and has a magical way of reaching children. Each day will bring a story, crafted by Teacher K. Woll and spoken aloud to the children as they sit together in the woods. Often the stories are pedagogical, in which forest animals and mythical creatures have an adventure and wrestle with the same social lessons that the students are learning.
Each child carries their own small pack and learns to be responsible for their water bottles and gear that keeps them warm and dry. A warm and nutritious (gluten-free) snack is provided each day and children enjoy the opportunity to sit together, give thanks, and practice table manners.
On the colder days we will also pack thermoses of warm herbal tea. On the very coldest or wettest days we will shorten our time in the woods and utilize our indoor classroom at Mountain Sage. Taking advantage of the amenities of the classroom, the children paint with watercolors and participate in other artistic activities when inside. Spending time outdoors together fosters confidence, resilience, and self-awareness. The beauty of the changing seasons and the real physical forces of nature offer instant feedback and indelible experiences. We are proud to offer an outdoor homeschool kindergarten enrichment class to our homeschool community and welcome students to begin their school years in this magical program.