Day Program

4 to 10 Year Olds

For participants ages 4 to 10, we offer our original, self-directed, and inter-disciplinary Day Program. The Day Program is an independent, open program focusing on collaboration, creativity, cooperation and social growth for homeschoolers. It meets separately on Tuesdays and Thursdays in our Garden Classroom. Participants, ages 8 and up, can also choose to attended morning Maker Workshop.

The day begins with multiple engagement activity areas already prepared by our facilitators; participants immediately take the lead, enjoy a supervised break for lunch, and continue their adventures in learning through the afternoon.

Within the Day Program, children lead activities including science experiments, art projects, cooperative games, and imaginative interactions. Participants choose what to do when, with whom, and how. Instead of only studying ideas in theory, we practice them in reality. Physical activity is encouraged inside as well as outside across the extensive 55 acres of the Awbury Arboretum. Adult facilitators provide resources, guidance, and ensure the physical and emotional well-being of participants.

Children lead all programs, so each day can vary greatly and may include collaborative group projects like creating obstacle courses, holding mayoral elections, putting on plays, or exploring math manipulates. Individual creative activities are encouraged as well, including sewing, reading, and art. Events unfold organically and opportunities to develop communication skills abound.

Maker Workshop (Optional)

Annual enrollment in the Day Program gives 8 to 10 year old participants access to the whole year of Maker Workshop. Participants are not obligated to join this group, but if they do, they are expected to participate for the year.

Participants learn through inquiry, design, problem-solving, and building. Hands on, team building, group and independent work using real-world tools and supplies, inspires participants to think, design, experiment and create. A wide range of themes will be covered, such as cartography, chemistry, fort building, instrument making, first aid, salvaging, and toy making.

Students will begin each session with a facilitator-initiated activity based on a specific theme. After working with the facilitator they will begin work on a version of their own. During the second half of the class participants will have self-directed time to work with the materials on hand. Participants are encouraged to journal their process through writing, photography, video and blogging, and to share their experiences with each other.

Content for this course is inspired by DIY and the MIT Media Lab

*$50 one time materials fee