Nature Connections – Session 2 coming soon!

Good news! Openings are available for our upcoming Session 2 of Nature Connections:

Session 2: 3/29 – 5/17 (Rain make-up if needed: 5/24/17)
Fee: $220 Early Bird Registration by 3/10/17; $235 after 3/10/17.

Go to WLR Registration Page.

 

 


 Nature Connections
9:30 a.m. – 12 noon
Ancil Hoffman Park, Carmichael

12 Weeks • Wednesdays, beginning February 1, 2017
Fee: $375 Early Bird Registration by 1/18/17 1/27/17; $400 after 1/18/17 1/27/17.

or choose a 6-week option*:

Session 1: 2/1 – 3/8 (Rain make-up if needed: 3/15/17)
Fee: $220 Early Bird Registration by 1/18/17 1/27/17; $400 after 1/18/17 1/27/17.

Session 2: 3/29 – 5/17 (Rain make-up if needed: 5/24/17)
Fee: $220 Early Bird Registration by 3/10/17; $235 after 3/10/17.

*Class space limited. Those enrolling in the 12-week option will have priority.

Self-payment discount: $10 off for 12-week session; $5 off per 6-week session.

No classes on:  3/22, 4/12 & 4/19

 Go to WLR Registration Page.

 

 

Location & Time:
9:30 a.m. – 12 noon
Ancil Hoffman Park

6700 Tarshes Dr, Carmichael, CA 95608
Specific meeting place to be e-mailed prior to class start date.
Please note: Ancil Hoffman is a County Park charging a $5.00 parking fee. Alternatively, an annual County Parking pass, good for other County parks as well, may be purchased here. 

Self-Paying Discount: $10 off per class for those who are paying the entire balance via online payment or by check. Self-payment discount not applicable to those who are doing split payments with charter school. Multiple class discounts are not applicable to the Nature Connections program.

Split Payments: If you need to split your payments between charter school and self-payment, contact WLR.

Nature Connections Class Description

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

As an inter-disciplinary program, 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.

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.

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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.”

WLR’s Nature Connections class 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.Go to WLR Registration Page.

Instructor: Guy Galante

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.

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

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

Go to WLR Registration Page.

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.  

Go to WLR Registration Page.

 

Nature Connections Class – coming soon!

Stay posted for information coming soon on WLR’s latest class offering: Nature Connections.

Days & Times: Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. – 12 noon

Location: Ancil Hoffman Park, Carmichael

Instructor: Guy Galante

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WLR’s Nature Connections class 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)

More information coming soon!

Class Spotlight: Math Games & Puzzles and Math Games & Logic

Solving problems logically is an important skill that goes far beyond math and other academics. It is a life skill that children will need as they grow toward and into adulthood when managing numerous challenges such as resolving conflicts with roommates; navigating the myriad of university major, general education, and graduation requirements; and other tasks like learning to change a tire, balance a checkbook or compare credit card offers.

Organizing information, guessing, estimating and predicting are all aspects of learning to think logically. One of the best ways for students to acquire problem-solving skills is through active involvement in a variety of problem-solving situations. Since children develop these skills through experience, it is helpful to expose them to a variety of problem-solving opportunities.

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In WLR’s Math Games & Puzzles and Math Games & Logic classes, students practice finding solutions through pictorial representations or by constructing three-dimensional models. They may examine visual representations of the problems or use manipulatives such as wooden or cardboard tangrams, colored circles, dice, game pieces or game boards. They deepen and expand their understanding through opportunities to explain their problem-solving strategies  to the teacher and their classmates.

The goal of these classes is twofold:

  1. To ensure that students increase positive feelings and decrease fearful attitudes about mathematics.
  2. To increase problem solving skills.

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Math Games & Puzzles is for students Grades 2-4 and emphasizes the joy and wonder of math, helping to lay the foundation for a lasting interest in mathematics. For grades 4-8 in Math Games & Logic, students will learn to approach problems systematically, sharpening their powers of logical deduction. They will learn to recognize patterns to solve problems and learn to try new ideas or generate new methods of tackling a problem. Both classes emphasize a cooperative learning environment and a non-threatening, supportive approach to encourage intellectual exploration and risk-taking.

Both classes begin January 23, 2017,   American River Grange in Rancho Cordova. Our teacher, Ms. Audra Sterrett, is warm, caring, cheerful and enthusiastic. As both an experienced public classroom teacher as well as a home educator of her own three children, she is sensitive to the needs and experiences of homeschooled students.

Click here to register.

Schedule Update – Mondays at the Grange

We’ve made two small changes to the Monday schedule at the Grange.

Singing Grades 4-8 will now be offered at 10:00 a.m., followed by My First Instrument Grades 4-8 at 11:00 a.m. Both classes are led by Ms. Christiana.

Clay & Ceramics has been added to the Monday schedule. This class is available for Grades 1-8 from 2:10 – 3:00 p.m. Ms. Ault is the teacher. See below for the full Monday schedule at the Grange.

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2017 Winter-Spring Monday Schedule at American River Grange, Rancho Cordova

All class periods are 50 minutes. 2017 Winter-Spring Monday Classes run for 10 weeks.

*For classes marked with an asterisk, see the Class Descriptions page for prerequisite skills and/or supplies that students need to bring to class.
TIMECLASSROOM A
(DOWNSTAIRS)
CLASSROOM B
(UPSTAIRS)
KITCHENOUTSIDE
9:00 - 9:50 am
10:00 - 10:50 amMovement & Form Drawing
Mr. Huff
Grades 1-3
$185
Singing
Grades 4-8
Ms. Christiana
$180
11:00 - 11:50 amArt - Watercolor Painting & Drawing
Grades 1-4
Mr. Huff
$190
My First Instrument
Grades 4-8
Ms. Christiana
$180
($10 book -payable to teacher 1st day)
11:50 - 12:20 pmSupervised lunch break for students enrolled in class before & after break.
12:20 - 1:10 pmArt & Science - Patterns in Nature
Grades 4-8
Mr. Huff
$190
Singing
Grades 1- 3
Ms. Christiana
$180
1:15 - 2:05 pmCANCELLED
Math Games & Puzzles
Grades 2-5
Ms. Audra
$180
Storytelling & Drama
Grades 1-3
Ms. Christiana
$180
Woodworking
Grades 5-8
Ms. Belson
$190
2:10 - 3:00Ceramics
Grades 1-8
Ms. Ault
$215
Math & Logic
Grades 5-8
Ms. Audra
$180
Woodworking
Grades 2-4
Ms. Belson
$190

Click here to register.

Registration is open!

Registration for the 2017 Winter-Spring Session is now open!

WLR offers over 30 classes at 3 locations, serving grades K-8. Our teachers are experienced, warm and caring. We provide classes in a nurturing environment with ample outdoor space for lunch and supervised recess.Click here to register for our 2016 Fall Session

We offer several discounts, including:

  • Early Registration Discount – $10 off per class through Jan. 9th.
  • Multiple Class Discounts
  • Self-Paying Discounts

New this session:

Movement & Form Drawing with Mr. Huff – Mondays in Rancho Cordova
Patterns in Nature with Mr. Huff – Mondays in Rancho Cordova
Math / Games / Logic with Ms. Audra -now on Mondays, Rancho Cordova

Math is Fun! with Mr. Huff, now in Sacramento on Thursdays
Physics with Mr. Huff, in Sacramento on Thursdays

Native American Stories & Crafts with Ms. Katrina in Sacramento on Thursdays

Learning is Fun! K-1 program with Ms. Ciana in Sacramento on Thursdays

Check the Class Schedule pages for more information. Go to the Class Descriptions pages to learn more about specific classes including any materials needed or prerequisites.

Click here to register for our 2016 Fall Session

WLR favorites that are returning:

  • Woodworking in Rancho Cordova and Davis
  • Singing / Music / Drama in Rancho Cordova and Davis
  • Nature Notebooks in Sacramento

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    Games class for social connections, physical challenge and fun!

  • Games & Movement (fun P.E.) in Sacramento and Davis
  • Ceramics & Clay in Sacramento
  • And more! Go to the Class Schedule pages and/or the Class Descriptions pages for more information.

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    Clay & Ceramics offers creative artistic expression.

New to WLR or have questions?

Check out our new FAQ page. Don’t see what you are looking for? Suggest a new FAQ or contact Sandi by e-mail or phone at 916-606-0799.

If you have any concerns about your child’s readiness for our classes, be sure to review our Participation in WLR Classes page.

 

Sitting quiet in a room alone

Today, I read this quotation from Blaise Pascal: “All men’s miseries derive from not being able to sit quiet in a room alone.”

I was instantly reminded of the time I entered my son’s room when he was about 8- or 9-years-old to find him seemingly doing nothing, sitting on his bed. I asked him what he was up to. The reply: “Nothing. Just sitting here thinking.” As I left the room, it hit me: he is learning to be with himself. He is learning to be ok with that. He is laying the foundation of learning to be ok with while alone. He is learning who he is from the inside out.

Contrast this to what most children go through: day in and day out, surrounded by their peers in classroom, on the playground, and in many after school activities. They rarely get a moment alone and yes, many of these children really need some alone time just to decompress from their day. They have so little time to learn who they are from the inside out; instead, most children learn who they are as a reflection of their peers’ perspectives, thoughts and opinions.

Homeschooled students learn “to sit quiet in a room alone” perhaps because they simply have more opportunities to do so, even in large families where the children may share their room with a sibling. Many families carve out a specific time of day, as we did, each afternoon for “quiet time.” This does not need to be “nap” time, but just quiet time. Everyone, including the parents, can take a short refuge for quiet play, reading or meditation. Even the youngest children can learn to do this when implemented into the daily rhythm. What a gift! For each human being to learn to be ok with him- or herself in solitude.

A designated quiet time may be well received if it includes a favorite quiet activity.

A designated quiet time may be well received if it includes a favorite quiet activity.

Given the opportunity, this simple practice can lay the foundation for healthy human development, lasting long into adult life. As our children develop, quiet play or reading time can naturally lead to self-reflection, introspection, and even meditation practice. Going into the silence and stillness of alone time helps one to find inner resources of strength and resilience.

In the beginning, if your children are not used to a daily quiet time, they may resist or complain. I encourage you to stay strong – perhaps bringing it back to yourself – indicating that you need a quiet time. Maybe start with just 10 minutes, adding on 5 minutes or so every few days, eventually working up to 45 minutes to an hour.

The seeds you sow now, no matter how challenging in the beginning, will have deep, lasting effects for you and your children.

Visiting WLR / Planning for 2017

Halloween is almost upon us! And it is already time to start planning and thinking about the 2017 Winter-Spring session.

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The WLR Davis schedule is posted for the coming semester and our other site schedules will be available soon.

In the meantime, if you are new to WLR, we understand that you may like to get to know us, our programs, our sites and our teachers before registering for the upcoming session. So why not schedule a visit with WLR this fall to help you make a decision about the coming semester?

Simply go to our Class Schedules page and choose the desired day/site. Then contact us to schedule a visit/observation of our programs, currently available in Davis, Sacramento and Rancho Cordova.

If you have any questions, call Sandi at 916-606-0799.