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Terra Nova Nature School Home Learners


Hello Home Learner Families,


We hope this message finds you all well and finding beauty in these large and abundant raindrops! As an outdoor educator, we learn to cherish all weather fronts and know that we grow from the challenges they incite!

 For those of you that did not join us for our last session,  we hope that you might consider registering for our upcoming winter and spring Home Learners programs. Last session was very successful and each session was filled with learning in so many areas of development. Each week, our educators sent out a reflection as a way to share the learning journey with our families. Now that we completed one full session, we are excited to expand and grow the curriculum even further.

 For next session we will continue to explore topics such as gardening & cooking, edible wilds, navigational skills, wood working & whittling, nature based art projects, group games that build nature awareness, and other broad based experiential learning.

 The winter session runs from January 25-March 15 and the spring session runs from April 12-May 31. The cost for an 8 week session is $210.00, plus a $15.00 supply fee ( art and cooking). Class time is from 11:30am-2:00pm on Thursdays.

 You may register online at next Tuesday, November 28 at 10:00pm. The program registration number for winter is #2248542 and spring is #2248642.

 We hope to see you at the farm!

 Warm regards,

Emily & Kate


Meeting May 17th, 6 week Program in Sept 2017

Beyond 4 Walls- a Program Proposal for Home Education Learners. Information and Planning Meeting Wed May 17th 1-2pm Contact Nature School

Terra Nova Rural Park is a 63 acre parkland, within which there is much to explore: wildlife, forested areas, water, expansive grass fields and vegetable gardens. There is also an interesting and diverse social history of peoples on the land, and remnants of their communities.

The principles of Terra Nova Nature School can be found in detail on our website, Since its inception three years ago, we have been eager to
connect with families of home learners, as we believe we can offer outdoor experiences that compliment a home learning program. Employing emergent and place-based philosophies, our educators support a curriculum that is experiential, incorporates First Nations Ways of Knowing,and allows for adventurous, sensory learning.

The curriculum may include:

Gardening, seed saving, food security
Study of Plants and animals of the land
Survival skills- whittling, shelter building, fire building skills
Homesteading skills- food preservation techniques
Cooking- farm to table

As a beginning, we would like to propose a pilot program. We envision creating a curriculum that meets the needs of our students and families. The following is a draft of the home learners program to be discussed and altered as appropriate.

Program Timing
Begin the program in mid-September for 6 consecutive weeks.

Program Length
2.5 hours weekly, outside environment

Program Date
We’d like to know more about homelearners schedules; are there days or time frames that are generally preferred?

Learners Ages
4-12years; children 4 years of age must be in attendance with an older elementary school aged sibling.

Program Staffing
2 Educators, with a maximum group size 12 students

Program Cost
$150.00 per student, which includes program development, and teaching time. Additional curriculum and reporting responsibilities outside of the program time will affect the
program pricing.

Questions and Topics for Discussion:

In terms of the curriculum, are there certain mandated areas that must be addressed? If so, does this come from our program or the home learner’s team?

Is there a reporting process that must take place at the end of the program? If so, what does it entail?

Parental responsibilities, involvement, and home/school communication

Risk, parental consent

Kate Dawson & Emily Vera
Coordinators, Terra Nova Nature School
Tel: 604-238-8437

Posted May 2017