Every day's a field trip!
Operates Mon.-Fri. 3:45-6PM throughout school yr. (Aug. 16-May 24). If your child attends Shelby Traditional Academy, a Meriwether Homestead Nature School staff member will meet your child at Shelby Traditional Academy & walk w/ them to Meriwether Homestead Nature School on Rawlings St.
4:1 student:teacher ratio. Organic snacks are served, supplemented w/ seasonal foraged foods. Families have the option of choosing whichever week(s)/day(s) they want to enroll.
Meriwether Homestead's starting Louisville, KY's 1st Nature School based on the German model of Waldkindergartens, distinguished by its commitment to total nature immersion, interest-led flow learning, emergent curriculum, place-based focus, inquiry-based teaching style, & authentic play. Nature Immersion's defined as “unstructured free time in nature resulting in an intimate, deep, & personal connection to the natural world.”
One of the cornerstones of this unique method's that there's no pre-determined curriculum. Rather, lesson plans flow organically each day from what nature presents & from children’s interests. The goal's to tap into the children’s sense of wonder about nature while teaching basic environmental & natural science principles in the field. Teachers’ roles are as mentors & guides, actively modeling curiosity & engagement in nature while allowing children’s interests to lead the day.
The camp atmosphere's non-competitive, allowing group bonding & encouraging individual empowerment.
ACTIVITIES MAY INCLUDE:
Making herbal medicine & magic potions
Learning about native plants & animals
Storytelling around the campfire
Constructing secret hideouts
Creating nature decorations
Nature games & crafts
Making mud pies
RULES OF KINDNESS: We're committed to inspiring & teaching respect for the earth & all its creatures & this includes modeling & fostering respect for self & for others at all times. We shun competitiveness in favor of cooperative activities, guiding children into co-creative adventures. We have a zero tolerance policy for hitting, grabbing, pushing, name-calling, aggressiveness, or any other demeaning behavior.
DRESSING APPROPRIATELY: Making sure your child's dressed appropriately for all outdoor play's CRITICAL to the success of our program. We adhere to the motto: There's no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing choices. Please bring a full set of extra clothes. You'll need to make sure you dress your children in clothes they can get messy in.
Remember that this is an entirely-outdoor camp. Make sure that you & your child are both okay w/ that. Remember too that your child may not experience cold in the same way that you do & to resist overdressing them. Send extra clothes & know that we'll be very diligent about when to insist they put on more outer wear. Most important, keep YOUR attitude positive about blustery, cold rainy days as some of our most fun days are in this type of weather!
Registration for the after-school camp continues throughout the school yr. based on space availability. Registrations are processed on a 1st-come, 1st-served basis. Registration must be received at least 2 business days before the child's start date. All parents must pay registration fees. Registration fees are charged per child, & they're based on the date when you register.
REGISTRATION FEES: $15 through June 4, $30 June 5-July 31, & $45 starting Aug. 1
RATES: $117/Wk. or $24/Day. 10% off per additional child from same home.
E-mail [email protected]
to register soon — enrollment's limited!