Luna Hill Wild School

Nurturing Wonder, with Nature.

Drop off at 10:30 am
Pick-up at 3:00 pm

Age Range: Independent bathroom-users & up
Dates for 2019 listed below

Register for a complete month= $20/date
Or Choose your own dates= $30/date

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Our Educational Philosophy:

We have come to remember that children can’t help but learn. They are experts at play, professionals at turning ‘nothing’ into something, each so creative in their own way, clever, and inquisitive- if only we can lean in, get down, and truly listen. If we slow our busy agendas and hurried inner voices and strive for presence, over praise with them. If we leave behind our egos and reach for compassion over competition as an example for them. We understand that beautiful sense of wonder in children should be encouraged and embraced. We strive to create an environment that gives our children the space and confidence to explore what mother nature has to teach them, to test their arising theories, celebrate in their failures and accomplishments, and come to find their own sense of value in community, through playing with others. We feel so moved by our passion for guiding children in this way, that we wish to share what we have to offer with others.
We see ourselves as guides in this journey and feel nature to be our partner in this endeavor. Helping find answers to the questions, passing down what knowledge we have, and bringing forth connections with others who can share their wisdom. There is so much power in learning from others and we both place great value and appreciation to the mentors in our childrens’ lives. The process of learning from each other has an endless list of useful life skills; patience, communication, social understandings, sense of worth and gratitude, just to name a few.

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What does our program look like?

This is a drop-off program for kids on Wednesdays from 10:30am to 3pm, all year around. Because of our appreciation and joy in finding mentors from our community to teach the children, we are committed to bringing in at least two mentors each season to teach. We value diversity in all its forms and we see that children working and playing together with others from diverse ages, cognitive skills, social skills, backgrounds, and otherwise helps create a well-rounded, more compassionate and independent person. When aided with caregivers who are great listeners, who can hear the needs of all involved and are able to guide them through communicating with one another when needed, beautiful progress and fun can be had! So, we ask that the children are independent bathroom (or outhouse!) users, but we do not have a maximum age limit. Upon pickup, caregivers are encouraged to hangout and chat with us all for a bit about the days activities. We believe that this will give us all another chance to feel community and also give the caregivers an opportunity to hear what we’ve been up to and ask questions about the day. Plus, there may be little brothers or sisters who want a chance to feel included, too!

Marshall County’s only year-round nature & farm based school for children. Dedicated to getting kids outside-nurturing their wonders, with nature.

Here on the farm, you do not have to work to find opportunities to learn. With the animals, there are always tasks to be tended to and love to give them. With the ever-expanding gardens, there are always ideas to cultivate, seeds to sow, vines to tend, and fruit to be enjoyed. In our West Woods, we keep winding trails with healthy, diverse land let-wild, with creatures, edibles, and growth to explore. Oh, the list goes on, but please check out our About page to see greater detail on what we have here at Luna Hill. We are always dreaming and creating here. If we need a basket, we figure out how to make one. If we have an inconvenience, we problem solve ways to fix it, together. There are so many projects we have enjoyed sharing with kids in the past and so many in the line-up that we look forward to in the future! Building a treehouse, building beehives and bringing in the colonies, creating a living willow structure, building more fencing- traditional and more wattle fencing, creating a pollinator garden around the bee area, adding another garden in front, eventually (down the road) digging a natural swimming pool. Really, the list is never-ending and we wouldn’t have it any other way! And there are so many simple projects we see teaching the kids. Building birdhouses for them to take home is one, along with many other take-home projects to enjoy. We also plan on teaching survival skills; ways to start a fire, how to make tools, building shelters-even food preservation and seed saving.

Each child will receive a sketch book of their own to keep. We will use these Nature Journals as a way to process, document, & wonder about some of the creatures & plant life we find out here, using the John Muir Laws method. Our activities will vary with the seasons and will be structured based on what is happening here on the farm and what we want to learn together, but there will also be a chance for child-led play as well. We plan to include singing, storytelling, music, dance, and everything in between that moves us! It’s also worth pointing out our passion for collecting and sharing books that spark the imagination and help kids process. We have quite a collection building, we intend to continue investing in our program(and our lives!) this way and will always read at least one story with the kids.
We also want to be clear that we are committed to offering a secular experience. We are not affiliated with any church or faith and wholeheartedly welcome all walks of life, with open arms!
john muir laws methodEach child will receive a sketch book of their own to keep. We will use these Nature Journals as a way to process, document, & wonder about some of the creatures & plant life we find out here, using the Our activities will vary with the seasons and will be structured based on what is happening here on the farm and what we want to learn together, but there will also be a chance for child-led play as well. We plan to include singing, storytelling, music, dance, and everything in between that moves us! It’s also worth pointing out our passion for collecting and sharing books that spark the imagination and help kids process. We have quite a collection building, we intend to continue investing in our program(and our lives!) this way and will always read at least one story with the kids.
We also want to be clear that we are committed to offering a secular experience. We are not affiliated with any church or faith and wholeheartedly welcome all walks of life, with open arms!

Be sure to check out & follow #lunahillwildschool on Instagram & Facebook for a peek into what we’re up to out here!

What should my child bring?

-A packed lunch
-Water Bottle
-Proper Weather-Appropriate Clothing We will provide a more specific list for the colder months
-An extra change of clothes and/or a bathing suit is sometimes helpful
-An Adventure Pack A backpack that your child can easily wear will do
-Tools Optional: magnifying glass, colored pencils, Binoculars, Compass, and such….

***Although we encourage teaching and allowing children to safely use knives, we will not be allowing any kids to bring a knife to Wild School. We will be teaching whittling skills, but parents will be notified ahead of the date we plan to do so, and then they may bring their own.

2019 Dates:

April 3rd-Playdate with Caregivers
April 10th, 17th, 24th
May 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
June 5th, 12th, 19th
July 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st
August 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
September 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
October 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
November 6th, 13th, 21st (Off Nov. 27th)
December 4th, 11th, 18th
January 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
February 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
March 4th, 11th, 18th

Registration & Payment

Please checkout our Eventbrite website to purchase ‘tickets’ for the desired dates:
https://www.eventbrite.com/o/john-amp-amanda-jo-boener-of-luna-hill-farm-23770595506
To reserve your spot, we must receive payment. If you would prefer to not use Eventbrite, we can accept cash, debit card, or check in person.
Aside from payment we also must receive both pages of the registration form. These forms can either be emailed or mailed to us ahead of time, or you may simply bring the forms with you or fill out extra copies we have available here at the farm.
In the future, we will be able to accept payment through our website, but as of now, we can accept payment through Square, cash, or check in person.

AJBoener@gmail.com
John & Amanda Jo Boener
18889 9th Road
Plymouth, IN 46563

We also have a growing collection of winter-weather gear & rain boots that have been donated from several kind folks in the community. We plan to offer anyone who is in the Luna Hill Wild School the opportunity to borrow the article for the season and return it when they are done to be shared with others.

Discounts

We do offer a 20% discount to those registering siblings.

We also think it’s important for you to know that we take your child/children’s safety important-
John is CPR Certified by the American Red Cross.

Questions?

Please contact
Amanda Jo at (574)341-0229
John at (574)339-3912
Or email us both at AJBoener@gmail.com

And we would be happy to give anyone interested, who has not been out, a chance to meet our family and a tour of the farm! Be sure to check out our Events tab to see when the next Open Farm day is & see our About page to learn more about our family.

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  1. The website looks great! Cannot wait!

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