Our middle school unit studies offer deeper academic content while still providing hands-on activities and encouraging children to connect with nature. In the Fall semester, students will explore Middle School Math, Science, and Literature/Composition. In the Spring Semester, they will explore Middle School Math, Social Studies/History, and Literature/Composition. Units covered in full-day programs drive a full academic curriculum for the year. Students who participate in our Capstone Extension for the Middle School Enrichment Program can also receive credit towards high school for Science, English, and/or Social Studies. 

What is a Capstone Extension?

Also called, culminating project, the capstone project is a multi-dimensional process that serves as a culminating academic demonstration of subject matter mastery. In addition to classroom work, Capstone Extension students will work on assignments in Google Classroom at home to develop portfolio examples for credit. This work will be assessed by the instructors and will be a collaboration with students and their families.

We use Unit Studies to guide lesson work and to interconnect curricula for a deeper understanding of the topics. There are 16 unit weeks and one week before and after each unit week for a total of 18 classes. Children will keep a master record of all their work that they get to take home at the end of the year. Instructors will email weekly class summaries that explain what your child learned — these summaries are great resources to document your homeschooling progress.

See the plans for this year’s full schedule:

Each morning enrichment class will end with a Read Aloud time where the instructor reads to the class. While the book is read, the class will be encouraged to draw scenes from the book, add words to their personal dictionaries, and identify themes to deepen reading comprehension.

There are optional afternoon classes for Middle School Math and Skillful Play which feature Mindful Nature Art, Mind-Body Awareness/Training, Performance Arts, and/or Public Speaking. 

Students will be provided a Chrome Book for use in class.  We will teach students basic software skills leveraging the G Suite software and apps such as Google Docs and Sheets to avoid any need for PC or Mac software.  Enhancement and practice will be offered through Google Classrooms as take-home extension activities but no homework is required.