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Flying Deer Richmond After-School Program
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Flying Deer Homeschool Program in New Lebanon for Ages 7 to 13

Registration for fall 2017 Forest Kindergarten and Homeschool Programs is now open!

Our weekly homeschool programs offer children ages 4 to 13 the opportunity to engage with their environment through exploration, teamwork, crafting, and play. Whether it's sunny, snowy, or rainy, each day will be filled with opportunities to learn and grow in the natural environment. Our programs are uniquely crafted by our mentors to meet the needs and interests of the group.

Two Locations: We offer Homeschool Programs for ages 4 to 13 in two locations: on Wednesdays at our home base in New Lebanon, New York, and on Fridays at Bartholomew's Cobble in Sheffield, Massachusetts. Most homeschoolers attend one of the two programs, depending on which day or location works best for them, and some attend both days. 

Forest Kindergarten: Children in Woolly Bears (Forest Kindergarten), for ages 4 to 6, experience the wonders of nature through direct interaction with the forest. Through storytelling, songs, games, and exciting adventures, children learn the valuable skills of paying attention to the environment, their friends, and their own needs. Perhaps most importantly, their sense of imagination and wonder is allowed to grow and flourish amidst the enchantment of the natural world.

Homeschool Curriculum for Ages 7 to 13: Through storytelling and immersive experiences, we explore curriculum areas such as Naturalist Identification, Survival and Primitive Craft Skills, Wildlife Tracking, Awareness Exercises, Community Building, and much more. In the process, the children come to understand and practice the natural rhythms of day-to-day life, teamwork, peacemaking, physical fitness, stories, accountability for actions, and advanced scientific inquiry. We create an environment of passion-based learning in which many things can be learned and applied simultaneously, creating individualized and holistic learning.

Half-time FOREST program for School Kids: For children enrolled in school, we offer a half-time option (typically six of the 10 sessions each semester) for our FOREST homeschool program, for ages 7 to 13 in New Lebanon. Many parents have had great success in fortifying their child's classroom education with half-time attendance, while giving them the opportunity to spend more time in nature. For more information, e-mail us and we'll send you details on our Homeschool curriculum, designed to help parents and school administrators make an informed decision. 

Woolly Bears Forest Kindergarten at Flying Deer Nature Center

This program is currently full; please e-mail us to be added to the waiting list.

10 Wednesdays from 9:00 am–1:00 pm

September 20 & 27
October 4, 11, 18 & 25 
November 1, 8, 15 & 29 (no class November 22)

Tuition: 
$350
Flying Deer Homeschool Program in New Lebanon, NY: Wooly Bears

For boys and girls ages 4 to 6. 

Fall 2017 semester runs weekly for 10 weeks, with a break the week of November 19–26.

The deadline to apply for financial assistance is September 1. Apply online or download an application.

Learn more about what our Woolly Bears days are like on our Forest Kindergarten blog!

Woolly Bears Forest Kindergarten at Bartholomew's Cobble, Sheffield, Mass.

This program is currently full; please e-mail us to be added to the waiting list.

10 Fridays from 9:00 am–1:00 pm

September 29
October 6, 13, 20 & 27
November 3, 10 & 17 (no class November 24)
December 1& 8

Tuition: 
$375
Flying Deer Homeschool Program in Sheffield, MA for Ages 4 to 6.

For boys and girls ages 4 to 6. 

Fall 2017 semester runs weekly for 10 weeks, with a break the week of November 19–26.

The deadline to apply for financial assistance is September 1. Apply online or download an application.

This program takes place at Bartholomew's Cobble, which takes its name from the twin rocky knolls created by geological upheavals when the Taconic and Berkshire ranges were formed. This National Historical Landmark supports 800 species of plants in forest, open fields, and freshwater marshes. 

Learn more about what our Woolly Bears days are like on our Forest Kindergarten blog!

FOREST Program at Flying Deer Nature Center

This program is currently full; please e-mail us to be added to the waiting list.

10 Wednesdays from 9:00 am–3:00 pm

September 20 & 27
October 4, 11, 18 & 25 
November 1, 8, 15 & 29 (no class November 22)

Half-time dates: 

September 20
October 4 & 18
November 1, 15 & 29

Tuition: 
$500; $300 for half-timers
Cottonwood Camp I for ages 6 to 12.

FOREST (Friends Outdoors Relishing Earth Skills Together): For boys and girls ages 7 to 13.

Fall 2017 semester runs weekly for 10 weeks, with a break the week of November 19–26.

Deadline to apply for financial assistance is September 1. Apply online or download an application.

Read about our daily Homeschool Program activities on our In the Woods blog!

Cobblers Program at Bartholomew's Cobble, Sheffield, Mass.

This program is currently full; please e-mail us to be added to the waiting list.

10 Fridays from 9:00 am–3:00 pm

September 29
October 6, 13, 20 & 27
November 3, 10 & 17 (no class November 24)
December 1 & 8

Half-time dates:

September 29
October 13 & 27
November 10
December 1 & 8

Tuition: 
$550; $325 for half-timers
Flying Deer Homeschool Program in Sheffield, MA for Ages 7 to 13

For boys and girls ages 7 to 13.

Fall 2017 semester runs weekly for 10 weeks, with a break the week of Novermber 19–26.

Deadline to apply for financial assistance is September 1. Apply online or download an application.

This program takes place at Bartholomew's Cobble, which takes its name from the twin rocky knolls created by geological upheavals when the Taconic and Berkshire ranges were formed. This National Historical Landmark supports 800 species of plants in forest, open fields, and freshwater marshes. 

Read about our daily Homeschool Program activities on our In the Woods blog!