Circle of Seasons

Circle of Seasons is a cooperative learning environment for grades 1-8 hosted on 90 pristine acres of fields, farm and forest at The Learning Village. COS offers a seasonally thematic, Steiner-inspired, full academic program, as well as nature-centered enrichment and specialty classes. COS currently hosts 3 mixed-age learning circles, 7-9, 9-11, and 12-14 years.

Our cooperative is stewarded by families and teachers with a commitment to bring sacredness, functionality, and integrity to our organization. We hold a shared vision to create and maintain a sacred space for learning in which each child is supported to cultivate a love for learning, collaborate with others, connect with his/her own inner guidance, and commune with the natural world.

Some ideas that inspire us:
-Developing a sense of one's intrinsic place in Nature will guide the body, mind, heart and soul to a wisdom that supports benefit for oneself, one's community and our Earth.
-Each individual is born with an inner guidance and many gifts that support the soul's purpose. The sacred role of the educator is to be truly present with each learner as they begin to responsibly follow this inner guidance and develop and offer their gifts to the world
-Cultivating an ensouled love of learning can facilitate a life-long, integrated and joyful educational journey
-We learn best through communion, sensing, feeling, and relating- by engaging all the bodily senses, mind, heart and soul when learning
-Integrated learning emerges naturally as we soulfully support each learner to recognize the intrinsic value of any learning experience.

Integrated, Ensouled Learning with Head, Heart, & Hands

The COS curricullum and approach are guided by the indications of Rudolph Steiner, and an abiding reverence for the unique learning style and gifts of each learner. Each learner's unique skills, wisdom and interests are drawn forth as they learn, play and grow within a supportive community. The guidance of wise and experienced teachers and ample time in nature support each learner to live into their soul's purpose. During each year, or 'learning cycle',  thematic blocks and topics of study are offered through an integrated presentation of language arts, math, science, history, cultural studies, geography, art, handicrafts, and independent projects.  Through stories, mythologies, movement, art, music, poetry, drama, handicrafts, free play, outdoor exploration and quiet self reflection, the learner is holistically engaged in the joyful journey of learning.  Learn more about our approach and curricullum by clicking here, or visiting our resources page. 
Our Daily Rhythm

9:30- morning block begins-opening circle/listening, songs, sharing, movement, eurhythmy, tai chi/qi gong exploration or meditation walk
10:15- snack and recess
10:30- academic foundations: thematic main lesson blocks that include language, math, art,history, cultural studies, science, and learner-chosen study and research
12:30- lunch and recess
1:30- outdoor and specialty classes, fiber arts/handwork, woodcarving, building/carpentry, farming and gardening, primitive skills, music, drama, foreign language, free play, team building activities, games, hiking, learner chosen activities
3:00- Closing circle/cleanup
3:30- Pick up/departure

Friday Guilds

Our Friday Guilds Program, led by Lena Eastes of Earthpath Education, offers seasonally thematic, immersive learning experiences within the intimate community of a 'guild' or learning circle. This program is available to our COS members, as well as the greater homeschooling community. Topics of study and exploration will include:
Sacred Economies - wildcrafting, handicrafts, and processing of farm products to be sold at tailgate markets, our holiday craft fair, festivals and events, and other local venues.
Sacred Arts: traditional arts and handicrafts, folk skills, self care and self reliance skills, ceremony and festival planning and preparation, storytelling
Sacred Earth: nature studies, navigation and exploration, forest and farm work and study, animal care and studies, botany and plant medicines, eco-contemplative practices, bird studies, hiking, camping
 

Membership and Enrollment

Circle of Seasons offers full-time and part time options for enrollment, with sliding scale membership fees.

Four day enrollment - Monday - Thursday - 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
monthly $333-$555 sliding scale

Friday Guilds Program- One Friday per month, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
$40-$60/month siding scale

$150 annual enrollment/materials fee per child, due with your application.

For more information, email us at thelearningvillage.sms@gmail.com, or contact our program coordinator, Septimbor Lim at 828.242.3937

Important Dates


October 2nd, 3:30-6pm Michaelmas Festival

All are invited to join us for crafts, cider pressing, a brief Michaelmas play, and a harvest pot-luck. The children will also sing songs and verses that reflect the spirit of this special time of year.   

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