Welcome to Harvest!
This year we’re launching The Foyer—our way to share with you a bit about our school. Students at Harvest thrive when their minds awaken to fresh ideas. Some are more talkative and observant. Others start to enjoy reading, drawing and writing, and making things with their hands. They are more open to going outside, spending time with their grandparents, and doing chores.
During the year, we will share our insight so your family can reap the rich fruit of Harvest. This post starts you on that journey of discovering delight in learning. We hope that weekly snippets will whet your appetite to know more. The first step is to understand our mission. We hope that every child at Harvest eagerly seeks to learn about God, themselves, and their world.
Our desire is to glorify God by training up children to delight in the Lord Jesus Christ,
Our approach is described here in less than a hundred words.
A Charlotte Mason education respects the child's dignity as an individual made in God's image.
Harvest offers a wonder-filled experience for the whole family. Hours spent driving children to do homework can be devoted to doing what you value. Parents wonder why they see so much growth when we require so little homework. You can experience first hand by coming to The Tuesday and Thursday Feast for the riches. Classes combine to study art, music, and hand work. You may enjoy driving students on our weekly trip to the nursing home and see the love of God shared with people who don’t get many visitors. You might get to watch a lizard molting, sample sweet honeysuckle, or hear two chickadees calling to each other on our weekly nature walk. If you want to know more, come to the monthly large room meeting to be immersed in an element of your child’s day.
If you are eager to dig more deeply now, you may want to read For the Children’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay. This book inspired teachers to launch Charlotte Mason schools in the Southeast thirty years ago. Know and Tell: The Art of Narration by Karen Glass addresses narration which taps into our natural desire to tell each other what is on our mind. The author interviewed our staff for her material on how narration looks in a classroom.
If you have questions, feel free to contact the founders, Angie Bruner (our headmaster) or Tammy Glaser (our curriculum coordinator).
The Feast is on a roll and we are in our second week. We are so thankful for all the volunteers who came on Tuesday and Thursday so that we could do all we had hoped. Our most critical need right now is drivers for the nature walk and the nursing home on Thursdays.
Everything you need to know for being a volunteer will be stored here and updated throughout the year. The first couple of times you come, all you need to do is observe how we do lessons and help the teacher as needed (for example, pass out cups of water for students who are painting). This term's artist is Norman Rockwell and the composer is Henry Purcell. Our handwork is to continue our drawing lessons and clay sculptures. Click the following buttons for information about different elements of The Feast.
Click the "Guide for Volunteers" button to learn more about The Feast.
To learn about Tuesdays, click the "Guide for Next Tuesday" to learn more about The Tuesday Feast. To learn more about our artist, click the "Pictures to Study" and the "Information about Pictures" buttons.
To learn about Thursdays, click the "Guide for Next Thursday" to learn more about The Thursday Feast. To learn more about our composer, click the "Composer Study Playlist" and the "Information about Music" buttons. Click the buttons for Primary and Elementary to see what those classes are reading for citizenship. The buttons after that are phone and tablet apps you may find helpful on nature walks.
We are so thankful that so many families came to the open house tonight! This blogpost has the information shared about clubs and morning and after care.
Please make sure to send an extra snack with your child on days in which the school day is extended. More details about each opportunity is below the schedule.
4-H Friendship Club - Students aged 7 to 18 can become members of 4-H for a $10 sign-up fee. There may be additional costs depending upon the project selected. Each member will receive a T-shirt and a membership card that permits free entry into the Eastern Carolina Agricultural Fair and the SC State Fair on designated 4-H days. Please contact Tina Proffit, Jenn Connors, or Mary Margaret McCaskill at the Clarendon County Clemson Extension Office at (843) 430-1222.
Archery Club - Students in fourth grade and above may participate in archery. The club lead coach, Kristie Anderson, and assistant coach Jenn Connors instruct the archers every week. Casey Connors assists in tournament when he can. Coach Anderson and both Coach Jenn Connors are certified by SC NASP as instructors. Students are not required to buy bows but, if they want to, please contact Kristie at (803) 387-9459 concerning what bow can be used on the range. Required supplies are closed-toe shoes, a lined hardcover or leather journal, water bottle, and snack.
Chorus Club - Students in fourth grade and above may participate in chorus club. Tammy Glaser guides the singers in the group singing, Solfa, reading music, and music theory. We plan to sing a wide variety of music. Please include a snack in your child's lunch.
Chess Club - Students who are not taking violin lessons during chess club may participate. Kathy Springs teaches the rules and strategies of chess. Please include a snack in your child's lunch.
Violin Lessons - Harvest students and children, teens, and one adult are taking classes from concert violinist Johanna Pressley every Thursday. Lessons are $10 per week and are payable to Johanna (not the school). Lessons will resume after a six-week break.
Before School Care - Extended morning care costs $40 per month. Contracts are available from the office. Please contact our headmaster Angie Bruner at (803) 574-1004 for more information.
After School Care - Extended afternoon care costs $100 per month. Contracts are available from the office. Please contact our headmaster Angie Bruner at (803) 574-1004 for more information.
A community called to offer another way to learn for students in Clarendon County