This pint-sized Kindergarten-5th grade private learning farm is situated on a beautiful 3-acre site in the Lorane Valley, on the edge of Eugene, Oregon. The programs integrate farming practices, animal care, responsible choices, and making things (FARM) with science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM), and CCSS-aligned academics to create naturally engaging learning opportunities.
With small groups of 5-7 students and two full-time teachers, instruction is delivered in kindergarten through 2nd grade and 3rd through 5th grade groupings to best address student learning needs. Classes range from gardening lessons science and social studies to music, Spanish and art lessons. Individualized academic instruction is delivered at a student's present level or above.
Those students enrolled in monitored academic courses follow a process to ensure instruction meets the child's needs. This results in an instructional level based on grade-level knowledge rather than age.
After initial academic placement, students are supported as they move forward with self-paced units combining STEAM-infused CCSS-aligned academic content presented in a project-based manner.
Monitored Academic Offerings
Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Social Studies Spanish
Thoughtful questions from parents and adventurous interactions with children at the first round of Mind-Full Meadows summer camps shifted Tiffany's plans from simply leading camps to altering her career and developing a learning space like no other. By taking a leap and collaborating with students and and parents alike, Mind-Full Meadows became the home to a developing STEAM-Powered Learning Farm!
Circumstances in our world and our state are such that all of us have taken the time to think very creatively about how we can best meet the educational and social-emotional needs of the children in our lives. The benefits of of an education founded in a robust relationship with the natural environment are many, and the integration of FARM concepts with a rigorous STEAM framework results in highly engaged learning.
Read a 5th grader's description of their Mind-Full Meadows experience:
Mind-Full Meadows STEAM-Powered Learning Farm enrolls children from the beginning of kindergarten up to 5th grade.
Class Fees and Details for A Mind-Full of Ideas:
All program offerings are aligned with Permaculture principles, and the academic content supports students as they move toward mastery of Oregon’s Common Core State Standards. Through the judicious use of well-researched educational technology allowing children to monitor progress toward their goals, develop skills through collaboration and a variety of multi-sensory learning modalities. The integration of nature and technology supports learning in so many ways.
You Provide: Registration Requirements and a 3-Ring Notebook
Science - Farming Practices, Animal Care, Native Plants and Animals, Watershed Exploration, Electric Fruits and Veggies, AR Slingshot, Kitchen Chemistry, Playground Physics, Food Medicine
Technology - Augmented Reality, 3D Design, Video and Music Production, Self-Paced Learning, Photography, 3D Printing Pens, Modular Robotics, Interactive Globe, Slideshows
Engineering - Design Challenges, Magnetix, Lego, K’nex, Magnatiles, Fairy Houses, Water, Marble and Domino Courses, Wood Construction, 3D Design and Construction, Nature Shelters
Arts - Prodigies Music, Watercolor, Weaving, Nature Mandalas, Clay Hand-Building, Tie-Dying, Poetry, Acrylic Painting, Circus Arts, Digital Art, Musical Theater, Graphic Design, Costume Design
Math - Wild Math, Plugo System, IXL Self-Paced Mastery Program, Chicken Math, Hands-On Construction Math, Math in the Kitchen