Middle school education program

Middle School

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Our ‘unschooling’ course is an earth stewardship apprentice program where children 9-14 years old explore the tenets of regenerative agriculture and homesteading,  and are encouraged to explore their individual scientific interests. This may look like plant identification, eco-systems exploration, soil science, an insect census, and so much more!

Social permaculture is a foundational principle in all we do and social-emotional learning is represented in activities that foster empathy, self-awareness and interpersonal skills. All of this learning presences cultural context through the continued telling of the stories the land holds, highlighting and celebrating the cultural memberships each individual carries.

Our Middle School program is currently held on Fridays from 11:30am-2:30pm. We offer a Spring, Summer and Fall session.

The Middle School Program is primarily hosted at Elk Run Farm and includes field trips to the Yellow Barn Farm and other land partners.

The first step in our registration process is booking a call with Folk Farm School's Director, Jessica Walters.

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Each session is 9 classes

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What is your student to teacher ratio?

Our student to teacher ratio for the Middle School program is 1 to 8.

How do you ensure every students safety on the land?

Educators are expected to hold a sacred container of safety around the freedom we offer in a child-led nature based program. This means we trust the children to hold their respect for self, others and environment first, allowing their capabilities to shine and helping them develop self confidence and efficacy. This looks like always keeping children in line of site and paying close attention to each student to ensure safety boundaries are held. Every teacher has a first aid kit and student emergency information accessible at all times. All staff maintain CPR, Basic Life Support, and Preventing Child Sexual Assault certifications.

Who teaches this course and how to you make it engaging for 9-14 year olds?

Our Middle School program is lead and organized by Sara June Keilty, who has been with Folk Farm School for over a year. After 7 years of working with children in settings such as a kindergarten classroom, summer camp, and preschool, Sara June found her way to Elk Run with a sense of remembrance. She is certified as an Assistant Teacher through the Colorado Office of Early Childhood and studied Early Childhood Development and Psychology at Fairfield University. She is also a certified herbalist and hobby botanist. Her teaching style draws from Earth stewardship principles as well as a sense of wonder. She’s worked on organic gardens and permaculture demonstration sites and serves as a pillar in the homesteading community at Elk Run Farm.

Sara June coordinates with the amazing educators on the DAR staff and in our regenerative community to bring strong, exciting and engaged guest teachers in each week. Students are able to learn from a variety of expertise and specialties and engage in different activities.