Category Archives: Outdoor Education

Extending the Lesson: WLR Classes

Most of WLR classes are hands-on. When students are immersed in engaging activities, learning is fun! By focusing on the experiential aspects of learning, WLR instructors maximize class time by leaving most skilled-based activities to the home educating parent or caregiver who knows the child’s strengths and areas that need extra support. So for instance, if a student is challenged with fine motor skills, writing a single word or sentence may take 10-20 minutes. Rather than use class time, this is an activity better suited to the one-on-one attention he/she is receiving at home.

However, there are several ways that parents can extend WLR lessons into their home learning environment, using the WLR lesson as inspiration for continued learning at home. Below are a few suggestions.

  1.  Telling back/oral narration. This is a common practice in Waldorf schools as well as those who use Charlotte Mason methods. It is simple and lays a strong foundation for composition as the child grows. How? Simply ask your child to tell you what he did in class. Avoid the temptation to interrupt with questions, but rather let the child “narrate” as if telling you a story about his/her day. In Waldorf schools, the telling back usually occurs the day after the lesson, allowing the images from the story or lesson to enter the subconscious during sleep; with Charlotte Mason methods, this is done shortly after the lesson. Telling back/narration is an excellent practice while the student is still developing the fine motor skills required for writing – especially when the hand cannot keep up with the mind! Narrating what he/she did in class or learned reinforces that learning and helps it to sink in. In addition, your child is naturally practicing the skills required for basic writing: sequencing of ideas, sentence composition, using adjectives, etc. The process strengthens the memory and speaking skills as well.
  2. Written narration. This is similar to #1 above, but can be done on paper. You can actually have your child do the oral narration first and then at another time, they can do the written narration. Again, this will extend and reinforce what has been covered in class. Depending on the child’s age and development, they may write for 2 – 20 minutes about their learning experiences in class. Rather than marking or grade the composition, simply observe any misspelled words or other errors that you can focus on during a separate lesson.
  3. Drawing or other artistic activity – In a Waldorf school, the main lesson often includes a teacher-led drawing from the story or subject matter. At home, you can simply have your child draw a picture related to what was learned in class that day or the day before. Alternatively, your student can sculpt, paint or engage in another artistic activity to help extend and reinforce the lesson.
  4. Creating a lesson book. If desired, your child can compile his/her written compositions and/or drawings into a lesson book, with a card stock cover that can also include an illustration and a title.

During the Fall 2017 Session, we have a number of classes that will work well with any of the above ideas including:

  • Science – Meteorology
  • Science – Rockets!
  • Hands-on Geology
  • Math: History & Mysteries
  • Biographies
  • Nature Stories & Crafts
  • Singing
  • Storytelling & Drama
  • Handwork: Farm to Fiber
  • Hero Stories
  • Musical Theatre
  • Games
  • Woodworking
  • Clay & World Crafts
  • Ceramics
  • Learning is Fun K-1 program

For any of our art-based classes, you may prefer an oral or written narration since the artistic activity has already been done in class.

You know your child best, of course. Modify any of the above ideas to your child’s developmental age, skill level, interest and any other considerations. Ideally, any of these activities will be a joyful extension of your child’s experience at Wholistic Learning Resources.

Check the Class Schedule pages to see what is currently being offered at WLR. You may also wish to visit the Class Description pages for details.

 

 

 

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You can still register after today, but will miss out on the discount ~ so act now. It only takes a few minutes to register.

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Why Games Class?

At Wholistic Learning Resources, we honor the natural unfolding of the developing human being, offering supplemental classes to support all that you do at home with, and for, your children. Our Movement & Games classes are rooted in this same understanding. In modern culture, organized team sports are held in high status which can cause children to think of movement only in those terms.

Our Movement classes give students basic coordination and movement skills that will help them if and when they decide to play organized sports. Depending on the grade, children will play games, do relay races or learn dances that serve to develop skills that may also be beneficial for a conventional sport.

 

Not only do our movement classes provide the opportunity to play games and have fun, they also works with their social interaction: their activity teaches them to play with each other before they play against each other, to acknowledge each other, to play safely, and to gain an appreciation for all kinds of movement. Our Games classes enable students to move fully, know who they are, and enter into a more healthy relationship with the world. Various games help develop an enhanced awareness of personal space, with clearly defined boundaries. As the children develop, these skills lay the foundation for healthy participation in other activities and organized sports.

For the upcoming WLR Fall 2017 program, Games & Movement is offered on Tuesdays in Davis and on Thursdays in Sacramento. Click here to view the class schedule pages.

 

 

New class! Herbal Alchemy in Davis

WLR is pleased to announce this new class just added to the Davis Schedule: Herbal Alchemy.

Instructor Jennifer Tan will engage students in this hands-on class of discovery, learning all about the natural world of herbs. Students will gather herbal seeds, plant and harvest herbs, and blend herbs for teas and scent sachets, creating a variety projects that are sure to delight the senses. With soothing lavender, invigorating rosemary and others, students will have a scent-sational time, as they deepen their understanding and appreciation for nature’s gifts.

Herbal Alchemy is offered at our Davis location on Tuesdays, beginning September 12th. Click here to register and save your child’s place in class.

Registering for WLR classes

How to register for WLR classes:

  1. View the Class Schedules and Class Descriptions pages. Not all classes are offered every session. The schedule varies from semester to semester but we leave the class descriptions online so you can see the variety of classes we offer.
  2. After reviewing class descriptions, be sure to note any required supplies, prerequisite skills, class start & end dates and any designated holidays. If you have any concerns about your child’s ability to fully participate in class, be sure to review the Participation in WLR classes page.
  3. Go to the Registration page to register for the upcoming WLR session. Be sure to complete all forms and e-sign as indicated (cancellation policy, waiver/liability release, medical information, etc.)
  4. Self-paying families may make secure online payment or mail check or money order to the WLR, P.O. Box 19676, Sacramento 95819.
    Charter school families: forward the WLR e-mail confirmation to your teacher and request P.O./voucher/certificate for the chosen classes.

Thank you for your interest in our program. If you have any questions, call Sandi at 916-606-0799.

Go to WLR Registration Page.

Register Soon

Early Registration Discount ends tomorrow, January 9th at midnight. So register soon for the best rates.

We also offer:

  • Multiple class discounts when enrolling in 3+ classes
  • Self-paying discounts
  • Supervised lunch recess for students enrolled before and after the break

Why choose WLR?

  • Several convenient locations
  • Experienced, dedicated teachers
  • Small classes
  • All locations have plenty of space for outdoor play during breaks

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New Class! Nature Connections ~ Outdoor Education Program

WLR is excited to announce our newest class offering: Nature Connections.

This outdoor education program is designed to foster future stewards of our natural resources through hands-on experiences that awaken the senses and lead students to a deeper understanding of our local geography while gently awakening their intrinsic love of the land.

Instructor Guy Galg-galanteante is a Carmichael native who is passionate about the American River Parkway. Guy has led hundreds of walks and talks along the American River with youth and adults covering a wide variety of topics. Previously, he served as the Youth Education Director at Soil Born Farms where he delivered farm and nature-based curriculum. Click here to learn more about Guy.

As an inter-disciplinary program, Nature Connections students will engage not only in science but also art, public speaking, local history, some writing (nature journals) and technology (Google maps and iNaturalist). Learning will be facilitated through the use of “Core Routines” such as Sit Spot, Expanding Sensory Awareness, Questioning and Tracking, Animal Forms, Wandering, Mapping, Exploring Field Guides, Journaling, Minds-eye Imagining, Listening for Bird Language, Gratitude, and Story of the Day.

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Nature Connections is built on the foundation of Coyote Mentoring which facilitates conscious expansion of awareness through both the major and minor senses while deepening relationships with the environment including family, community and nature.

From Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature:

“The Core Routines of Nature Connection are things people do to learn nature’s ways. They aren’t lessons. They aren’t knowledge. They are learning habits. Luckily for us as nature guides, shifting our mental habits into these Core Routines of Nature Connection comes as second nature to all human beings. This way of knowing was not born a few hundred years ago, or even with the rise of civilization thousands of years ago. Rather than informing, our teaching job educates ourselves and those we mentor to discover what the Haudenosaunee people call our ‘original instructions.’ Humans evolved with original instructions designed for dynamic awareness of nature. If we can inspire practice of these Core Routines, remembering our original instructions will happen on its own.”

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Nature Connections will cover topics such as:

  • Hiking Basics: the 10 Essentials and Leave No Trace principles; appropriate clothing, footwear, and foot travel techniques.
  • Native Plants and Habitat Restoration: edible and medicinal plants, California Native Plant Society, Invasive plant removal, and native planting processes including seed collecting.
  • Watersheds and Water Conservation: macro invertebrates, water quality and water safety.
  • Stewardship: trash cleanup, parkway etiquette, plant restoration and maintenance.
  • Primitive skills: shelter building, introduction to friction fire, cordage and bush craft
  • Wildlife: tracking and identification, including bird language, field guides, and ecosystems
  • Parkway Stakeholders: meet and work with others who strive to protect the land and people (e.g. rangers, other naturalists, plant specialists, maintenance staff, farmers, water conservationist)

In addition, the mixed-age program for Grades 1-8 provides opportunities to cultivate leadership and mentoring skills as well as promoting community.

Nature Connections is offered as a 12-week session or, if preferred, choose one of our 6-week options. Classes will be held at Ancil Hoffman Park in Carmichael on Wednesday mornings.  Students will need to wear appropriate clothing (sturdy shoes or boots) and may need to bring minimal supplies such as water bottle, notepad, pencil and colored pencils.

For class meeting dates, fees and more information, go to the 2017 Winter-Spring Wednesdays at Ancil Hoffman Park Schedule page.

Please note: Ancil Hoffman is a County Park requiring a $5.00 parking fee. Alternatively, an annual County Parking pass, good for other County parks as well, may be purchased here.  

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