Our Buds & Blossoms program offers your young child exciting and wholesome opportunities to learn about themselves and the world around them through hands-on learning, discovery, and exploration.
The children will learn as they play with lots of natural, raw materials for art and science projects, and play as they learn about caring for plants and animals and each other.
We are committed to creating a family-like atmosphere, in which adult and child alike honor and respect each other.
While the activities vary from one week to the next,
this is a sketch of a typical day.
We meet once a week on Wednesdays from 8:30AM to 12PM. We can consider early drop offs and late pick ups...ask about it! The whole time is very engaging; and though relaxed, there are no 'fillers' to pass the time away. Expect that your child will need lunch and a nap when they get home!
8:30 – 8:50 Free Choice PlayChildren choose from a variety of classroom materials, including: • Blocks and other building materials • Picture Books • Puzzles • Learning games (ball maze, marble maze, magnets, etc) • Assorted language arts and math games 8:50 – 9:00 Cooperative Clean-upWe develop personal care and responsibility at every opportunity 9:00 – 9:40 Sharing TimeCircle time marks the start of our day together, including: • Opportunities for the children to share about their own family events and celebrations • Explanations by staff as they share about the day's activities and assign “jobs” • Special read alouds, songs, and reviewing past material • Introduction of new memory work for future recitation• (When child is ready)—stage presentations outside in our living Tree Trunk Amphitheater 9:40 – 10:30 Creative Art and Imaginative PlayChildren engage in projects that encourage individual creativity, including: • 3-D, mixed-media projects and sculptures using various natural raw materials • Special holiday, seasonal, and celebratory hands-on activities 10:30 – 10:45 Snack TimeSnacks—which the children help to prepare and serve—are the best in natural, organic foodsThe snack menu typically consists of: fresh juices and/or purified water an organic fresh vegetable (carrots/cucumbers/baby tomatoes) with dip such a hummus, cashews, our trademark all fruit Popsicles, organic berries and whatever is yummy in season 10:45 – 11:50 Outside Farm Time Play, Learn, and DiscoverSensory investigations of the natural elements and animals in nature, including: • Nature walks (we collect 'art' supplies and learn plant identification) • Planting and harvesting fruit, vegetable, and herb gardens • Observing insect behaviors • Animal care (we just completed kidding season with our goats!) • Building forts • Large motor games and activities (like obstacle courses and water fun when weather permits) 11:50 – 12:00 Wrap up, clean up, and say goodbye to friends
Play. Create. Explore.
Conveniently located off of Twin Oaks Valley Road in San Marcos California
A unique aspect of our program involves our outdoor Tree Trunk Amphitheater, a special and safe place where your children will take their first steps toward deliberate self-expression and public speaking. These activities will boost their self-confidence and teach them important social skills as they encourage one another.
As your child discovers who they are and who they are becoming, they will flourish within our unhurried atmosphere in a peaceful, outdoor setting complete with egg-laying hens and milk-producing goats. We will cultivate their innate curiosity about the natural world through numerous activities that stimulate their senses, actively engage their minds, keep their bodies busy, and encourage a fascination and appreciation for God's creation.
Buds & Blossoms meets on Wednesday mornings only!
Before your child can be assured a spot, you must have come to enough Mommy & Me events and had a personal interview/tour.
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• The adventure is $195 per FOUR weeks, all inclusive (supplies, snack, paid staff, etc)
• Enrollment and Registration fees waived at this time.
• PayPal is preferable (email@example.com), but checks and cash are also accepted prior to the meeting time.
• We break down the year into 'sessions' based on seasons. The sessions are generally eight weeks long.
• We ask parents to make a minimum eight-week commitment that is HALF payable at the beginning of each session. At the halfway mark, you pay for the rest of the session. This allows us to have continuity as group, and plan activities and staffing.
• Returning students get priority re-enrollment.
• There are no make-up days planned at this time.
• If you know ahead of time that your child has a prior commitment, please let us know at the beginning of enrollment.
• If you are new and your child doesn't want to return after the first time, you will be fully refunded for the remainder of your payment!
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We offer a wholesome, seasonal, farm life experience for your young child that allows them to experience and interact with the natural world in a tangible way. Such sensory discoveries help them to understand their place and purpose in the world which increases their self-confidence, enhances their curiosity, and reinforces a love for nature and the outdoors.
Buds & Blossoms is born out of my own and my husband’s journey with our four grown children, and our exposure and experience with several early childhood education philosophies, such as those of: Rudolf Steiner (Waldorf Education), which focuses on an early years education that provides practical, hands-on activities and environments that encourage creative play; Louis Malaguzzi (Reggio Emilia Approach), which contends that children learn the principles of respect, responsibility, and community through exploration and discovery in a supportive and enriching environment; Charlotte Mason, which emphasizes the value of living books, i.e., those written by one person with a passion for the topic and a broad command of the language; the Classical Christian Model, which outlines the three phases of learning in the Trivium, each with a different purpose and each roughly coordinated with human development; and Maria Montessori (Montessori Education), which respects and appreciates a child’s natural psychological, physical, and social development.
Our earliest years of home educating were the most delightful because our home was rich with language, books, music, games, farm life, hospitality, and travel. I always felt that one way I could enrich the lives of our children was to allow them to create, explore, and learn by putting raw, natural materials in their hands. So, for example, I opted for carefully supervised baking and cooking experiences in our kitchen using raw, whole foods and all our kitchen tools, rather than packaged, processed cake mixes and an Easy Bake oven. Our children learned about the cycles of life naturally by being hands-on with plants and animals. We listened to great quality music. Their physical abilities were enhanced by the organic climbing, jumping, and navigating that occur on uneven country terrain. We were constantly investigating life together!
We have now created our own hybrid model of what worked in our own home with our children (all now in college or grad school)—and what we dreamt about doing but somehow never quite found the margin for. We are today, making that time for your precious children. Our Buds & Blossoms program continually seeks to delight and capture your child’s attention.
Working again with young children (and our two and a half year old grandson), we remind ourselves to create freedom and choice within safe boundaries and the seasonal rhythms that naturally help to create structure. Children thrive with consistency and dependability, and this context breeds the freedom for creative expression and even academic learning later on. The expression of who they are and who they are becoming flourishes within an unhurried atmosphere and within a spirit of mutual respect, cooperation, patience, and trust. We get this.
The heart of our Buds & Blossoms program is to serve the parent(s) by creating a safe and truly exciting outdoor playscape for children. We desire that our program be in addition to what your family has created at home and, perhaps, with respect to our farm life and their time on their own here, what you’d like your child to experience outside of your home.
We commit to giving your child personalized attention, healthful snacks, farm life experiences, and stimulating activities. We will become a student of your child, in partnership with you.
Katrina graduated from Cal State Channel Islands with a degree in Early Childhood Development. She based her senior thesis on the concept of an outdoor preschool experience. Her organizational abilities and family background continue to serve a crucial role in our day to day operations. With her gentle touch, and strong belief in a child's capabilities, she is able bring out the best in each student... She will be getting married in October 2015 and will be moving to Washington. (CPR/First-Aid Certified)
Giovanna is a multi-talented, tremendously gifted young woman who now resides in New York City to attend film and television school. She played an integral role in our opening season in the way she both delighted and engaged the children. She truly is a blessing and we hope to have her back in due season...
Miss Kathi consistently exudes a contagious joy in the company of children and adults alike. She has an engaging and winsome way with children of all temperaments and personalities; her servant's heart seems inexhaustible. Naturally, she has had lots of practice with her own three, now adult children who are as diverse as they come. Her daughters, one of whom is now married, are both college graduates and one continued onﾠto get her teaching credential at Cal-Poly, San Luis Obispo. As her children grew more involved with acting, Kathi acted as a 'Mom-ager' for her son's career in LA from the time he was fifteen. This involved dealing with agents, managers, casting directors, and scheduling while he worked on TV and commercial sets.ﾠAs a parent, she knows the value of having and enforcing boundaries, yet empowering the child to participate and make wise choices without provoking a tug-o-war.
Her infectious laugh and willingness to engage at their level, make her a favorite at farm school. She's kind and tenderhearted with exceptional E.I. (emotional intelligence). She attends North Coast Church with her husband Mike who is a well-known landscape architect in Solana Beach. Kathi's teaching experience includes organizing classroom groups where she taught Science, English or various subjects. She also volunteered to organize large Christmas Programs and served in various capacities at Christian Youth Theater, along with teaching Sunday School for many years.
We are grateful to have Kathi join our team!
W La Cienega Rd San Marcos CA 92069 United States
Conveniently located across from Twin Oaks Valley Golf Course, near Palomar Junior College
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