"When a schoolboy has diligently used his faculties and energy for eight or ten months of the year in learning those good things assigned to him, then he usually has a vacation that means a rest from school.
It has been learned that a man's faculties need such a rest of change of surroundings and activities with which the body and mind have been busied.
Many believe that a school vacation should not be used in laziness, idleness or freedom from hard work. The body must and will breathe as long as it lives. Likewise the mind must be active every day in one way or another.
If the body does not really exert itself in exercise that also occupies the mind and leads it in a different direction than before, thereby giving rest on the one hand and on the other sound development during vacation, then the body becomes indolent or only eats, drinks and sleeps while mental activity continues in the same direction as in school with the only difference that it believes it should have light and very often harmful reading material. When that boy or girl begins school after a vacation, it is found that neither body nor mind has received any notable rest or growth during vacation. There is no noticeable change other than that they associate with parents, brothers, sisters, friends and relatives instead of with teachers and companions in school. The activity of both mind and body is essentially the same at all times, both in school and during vacation.
Such school attendance and vacations may well explain the fact that after some years even stout farm boys appear to be nervous, absent-minded, helpless louts who among farmers hardly know "beans from buckshot," or can harness a horse. When such parlor philosophers go out into the work as pastors or teachers they are in many ways an amusing spectacle or comedy in which many might see themselves. In our opinion parents and teachers do not serve students well when they make them believe that hard work during vacation is not good for them. This harmful belief has crept into our society more and more. Good, hard, busy reasonable and useful physical work is the best vacation, ordained by God, for students. We believe the work should rather be in the free air and so hard that the mind loses almost all desire for other mental activity except for what family devotions and church services supply together with the most necessary newspaper reading. Not only my experience as a youth, but also the hard work during the last year and a half while on a difficult journey into the goldfields of the Yukon have strengthened me in this belief."
Rev. Bjug Harstad (my great-great-grandfather), Founding President of PLU
Aug. 18, 1899 (Dr. Montessori would have been 29 years old at the time)
Tercera (3a) semana de diciembre:
Hello Farm School Friends,
(Hola compañeros de la Finca Educativa,)
Here's the farm report:
(Aquí está el reportaje de la finca:)
LIFE RECIPES for each farm task
- 3x5" life recipes may be deposited to the Flower Box that is to stay on Irene's desk.
- On one side: the task depicted (labeled in English/Spanish/both).
- Other side: date/season, your name, sequenced description, any pertinent information
- See contents for examples. Would we prefer them to be listed by category, season, or alphabetically?
- We installed a new wood stove! This one heats up the house. (And the old one may still be in a truck in the carport.)
(Review Sam's intro Dec 3)
HOPS + BEANS
- We may take down hops (carport) and beans (in current pig pen) to be repurposed as we see fit (compost, burn, distribute supplies.)
- I cleared the utility room so it is ready for installation of coat racks and benches. We may mount coat racks on the north end and hang chalkboards over the table. There are towels to fold.
- I began setting up a sewing/textile room in the first north bedroom (between the utility room & bathroom). Clear containers can be used to reasonably sort textile/sewing tools (as modeled). Drawers may be set up to organize supplies for sewing, knitting, weaving, and the like. (Shall I donate my yarn stash and rocking chair?)
- We are re-evaluating storage containers - many of the clear jars (Grateful to Lora) are being used for sorting supplies and making them more accessible on the desk and in the hall.
- The roof was cleaned off. The mossy bits may be swept up and composted as desired (perhaps in the pile in the back yard out by the pond). Or they make for an interesting sensory experience to be walked upon, especially in the rain.
- We may rake up walnut leaves if still accessible in Irene's garden. They inhibit growth of other plants.
- Talk to Elise if you would like to purchase a pig (or go in on it with somebody) in January.
December 17 is the last Farm Day before we resume in 2019.
Looking ahead -
Wrapping up Cycle 2:
January 7 (last session of Cycle 2 with whole group.)
January 14 (HMS is not present during Immersion Week.)
January 21 (Observation of Dr. King as desired, I will likely be present.)
Cycle 3: January 22 - March 29
February 4, 11, 18, 25
March 4, 11, 18, 25
Cycle 4: April 1 - June 7
April 1, 11, 22, 29
May 6, 13, 20
Peace, ♡ Elise
segunda semana de diciembre:
Sunny and fresh
Hace sol y fresco.
Walk to river: salmon life cycles + physics.
Camino al rio: ciclo de vida de salmon + físicas.
Feed chickens and pigs.
Alimentar a los pollos y cerdos.
visit by Katelyn Anderson of Umber Heart Photography.
Visita de Katelyn Anderson de Umber Heart Photography.
Grateful for: teamwork. ◡̈
Agradecidos por: trabajo en equipo. ◡̈
We had a great day on the farm. It's been beautiful weather. Many of the leaves have dropped. Pigs are making progress around the pond.
At farm school today, we:
Next Monday, Nov. 12 is Veteran's Day, so middle schoolers will not be present. Please let me know if you plan to attend. ◡̈
Next Wednesday, Nov. 14 is a Farm Dinner Potluck at 6 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 19 we will have my Herbalist friend join us for a plant walk! We also plan to complete Phase II of the Mudroom Project.
P.S. Congratulations to the middle school class for their first (and successful) artisan market in their classroom on Friday! I ended up with one of everything because they were all so great.
P.P.S. I want to share the quote on brick by Jacquelyn's/Henry's/Eliza's family at the new Manette play ground they helped to build (did you see Henry and his father on the cover of the pink edition of The Kitsap Sun recently)?
Happy Farm School Monday tomorrow! ◡̈
A few considerations -
"Before elaborating any system of education, we must therefore create a favorable environment that will encourage the flowering of a child’s natural gifts. All that is needed is to remove the obstacles. And this should be the basis of, and point of departure for, all future education." - Dr. Maria Montessori
Dr. Montessori left detailed instructions in creating a prepared environment for holistic education for small children. Her philosophy for the education of Erdkinder (children of the land) is in all but 3 appendices of From Childhood to Adolescence.
This means there is a lot of interpretation for setting up a prepared environment for work and study on the land. She taught that we shall be good stewards and respect the habitat of each living thing. She offered frameworks for organizing tasks and tools logically similar to a chef's mise en place for effectively focused work.
One result of our modern-material era is overwhelm. This is the time to re-evaluate our values and re-structure our approaches.
As we approach the farm with stewardship and preparation of the environment, we are creating lists and images of our goals for our projects on the farm this school year. Here is a guide I offer to consider acknowledging & clearing obstacles to our own lifelong education development.
I will be sending forth drawings of our lifelong-learning discoveries, and hopefully you will, too. You are invited to tag @joyful.plant and #lifeschool #erdkinder #stewardship, etc. (We could create a list of key terms that guide our learning., keeping in mind your central question to your education mission.)