Homeschool Nature Study Program
Our homeschool program for children in grades K-8, is offered seven months during the school year. There are classes for three age groups: K-2, Gr 3-5 and Gr 6-8.
Monthly classes are held Monday afternoons from 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. and Tuesday mornings from 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Choose the day that best suits your schedule and register for the full year by August 30th. Registration begins August 1st, 2020.
Theme for the 2020-2021 school year:
Grades K-5 will be "Habitats - The Diverse Needs of Animals"
6th - 8th Graders the theme is "Basic Outdoor Skills"
The program's curriculum offers fun, hands-on, inquiry-based learning in an outdoor setting. The three-year cycle of our curriculum focuses on "Habitats", "Water" and "Soil" for students in the K-5 classes and on "Survival Skills" for the Gr. 6-8 class. For more details about the curriculum click on the titles in the side bar.
It was really exciting to see how the students embraced the new components that we added to our programming this past year. We believe that the "sit spot" / observation time provided a space for all age groups to really tune in to the details of nature around them. The unstructured play time for students in Grades K-5 was also formative, empowering and nurtured problem-solving and cooperative play.
Fees for 2020-2021:
K - 5th graders $47. (total cost for the seven sessions)
6th - 8th graders $57.50. (total cost for the seven sessions)
6th - 8th grade overnighter $40. (includes supper & breakfast) - due in March
"Picnic at Amigo" - this event in October provides an opportunity to get to know other families in the program. Bring a sack lunch and join in the fun on the first day of classes.
"Grad Ceremony & Burger Bash" - this event in April for the whole family is a time of celebrating and bringing closure to the program each spring.
Our Teaching Staff:
Emily Hunsberger - K-2nd Gr on Monday's and Tuesday's
Rachel Ropp - Gr 3-5 on Monday's
Steph Kauffman - Gr 3-5 on Tuesday's
Cheryl Mast - Gr 6-8 on Monday's and Tuesday's
Additional Details About the Program:
*Class Size: we require a minimum of 8 students per age group, and also have a limit of 16 students per age group.
*Insurance: Amigo Centre will provide secondary insurance coverage for students while on site.
*Parent Options: a lounge for parents is provided in the Dining Hall where you can interact with other parents and enjoy hot beverages while children are in class.
Parents are not required to be present during course instruction time.
Amigo staff will need 1-2 parents for the K-2 and Gr. 3-5 group to assist the teacher.
*Sign in & Sign Out: we have a sign in and sign out process to assist us in having emergency contact information for children and to ensure the safety of your children.
*Fees: there is a $225. maximum cost per family. (Note: the fees for the 6th-8th grade overnighter are excluded from this price cap.)