​Circle Of Seasons 

Welcome . . .

​Our Vision
To create a sacred space in which we support learners of all ages and abilities to:
 ~cultivate a love for learning~
 ~collaborate with others~
~connect with one’s own inner guidance~
~commune with the natural world~

Our Mission
The illumination and refinement of each individual's unique purpose through ensouled learning with head, heart, and hands.
Our Circle of Seasons  grades program combines a Steiner-inspired academic curriculum with nature immersion in a pristine environment of fields, farm and forest.  COS offers a seasonally thematic learning for grades 1-8, and currently hosts 3 mixed-age learning circles, 7-9, 10-12, and 12-14 years.

When entering our campus or classrooms, visitors might notice the care given to create sacred spaces for learning. Our indoor learning environments are attuned, beautiful and harmonious, adorned with student artwork, and meaningful artifacts of learning~ from uniquely created main lesson books, to handicrafts or beautiful treasures gathered from the natural world.    This is Sacred Education~ a context in which learning is participation in the living community of Earth.​

Developed by Rudolf Steiner in 1919, Waldorf Education is defined by a reverence for the intellectual, emotional, spiritual and physiological needs of the growing child. Waldorf-trained teachers view a child’s learning as a sacred process, and strive to educate the whole child~head, heart, and hands~ with reverence and respect.  Our teachers hold an enduring commitment to the sacred work of education, and continually contemplate these questions:

~How do we call forth enthusiasm for learning and work,  healthy self-awareness, a respect for fellow human beings and all life, and an abiding reverence for the natural world?  
~How do we establish within each child his or her own level of excellence in the social, intellectual, kinesthetic and spiritual realms?
~How can we help each learner discover, develop and sustain meaning in their lives?

Within our learning community,  education is participation in the living community of Earth, and the learning journey is about relationships~ with one’s self, others and the natural world.  Our learning environment invites every individual to experience an abiding sense of wonder that they may take with them as they live, learn and illuminate the lives of others.​

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 Guild Program

Our Friday Guild program, led by Lena Eastes of Earthpath Education, offers seasonally thematic, immersive learning experiences within the intimate community, or of a small learning circle, or 'guild'. This program is available to our COS students, 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.

Autumn Series ​
September 11: 
Seed Saving: from the SMS gardens and we will gather the seeds and begin a practice of forest gardening, we will also make some nutritious wild seed solar dried crackers to be fired in our solar hydrator and enjoyed at the next guild. We will create a seed mandala as a thank you, as an art offering for mother earth.
October 9: 
Plant and Mushroom Dyes: Making the Appalachian rainbow, on your clothes!
November 13: 
Felted Hats: we will also be visiting some sheep and making an offering to the sheep who give us wool.
December 11: 
Art of Storytelling: There is something so natural about sharing and listening to stories, what is it that makes kids so excited to hear a story? We have been learning through stories for as long as we have been humans. I teach through story, we integrate through story, we pull out stories from the epic and the mundane. We invite the storyteller forth in each of the children, and we hydrate some of the bigger stories, the myth, like that of the hero and heroine journey, the big stories, that act as baskets, holding our strands of stories, that weave together to create a beautiful blanket of living stories, that wraps us up~

Spring Series
March 11: 
Making Medicinal Salve for Healing Wounds: Using dried herbs that we have harvested from the wilds and gardens, like calendula, comfrey, plantain and St. John's Wort, and beeswax and oil we will learn the ancient craft of salve making to heal and support our bodies largest organ- the skin!
April 8:
 Wild Foods Day, Foraging for Food and Medicine, If we are lucky we may find morels...
May 20:  
Fire from the Earth, we will learn the plants to harvest for fire, and then practice preparing these materials for successful primitive fire making.  
June 10: 
Cob Native Pollinator Wall: and Pollination Celebration from 3-6, all parents and community are welcome to celebrate summer, the bees, and all the abundance of our Guild Year. 

Membership and Enrollment

Circle of Seasons offers several options for enrollment, with sliding scale membership fees.

Four day enrollment - Monday - Thursday - 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
monthly $444-$688 sliding scale, plus $150 annual materials/enrollment fee

Home-school supplementary classes for middle school/ages 12-15- 1 or 2 days per week, offered as a 6-8 week thematic block.  Days and times vary.  Contact us for more details and fee schedule.

Friday Guild Program- Offered seasonally, 1 Friday per month, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
$40-$60 per Friday, siding scale, or all 8 Friday Guilds from Fall 2015-Summer 2016  $390

For more information, email us at thelearningvillage.sms@gmail.com, or contact our program coordinator, Septimbor Lim at 828.665.6966

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Our Curriculum at a Glance

Primary Grades 1-3
Pictorial introduction to the alphabet, writing, reading, spelling, poetry, and drama, presented through folk and fairy tales, animal stories, fables.  Numbers, basic mathematical processes of addition, subtraction, multiplication, division.  Nature stories, house building music, handwork, nature skills and gardening.

Middle Grades 4-6
Writing, reading, spelling, grammar, poetry and drama, presented through Norse myths, history and stories of ancient civilizations.  Review of the four mathematical processes, fractions, percentage,  and geometry.  Local and world geography, comparative zoology, botany and elementary physics. Music, handwork, biodynamic gardening and nature skills

Upper Grades 7-8
Creative writing, reading, spelling, grammar, poetry and drama, presented through Medieval history, Renaissance, world exploration, American history and biography.  Mathematics, geology, physics, basic chemistry, astronomy and physiology. Music, handwork, biodynamic gardening and nature skills