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Early Childhood Enrichment

Through songs, stories, art, cooking, science, and exploration, your child will be immersed in the life of the amazing animals, plants, and habitats of Double J Farm!

Double J offers a variety of Early Childhood Enrichment Classes for children ages 1-6 years old. Our Early Childhood Enrichment classes focus on teaching children skills that nurture a reverence for life, care-taking of both animals and the environment, sensory learning, and so much more! Our classes take place both indoors and outdoors and provide a unique environment to learn about animals, plants and ecology through interacting with them rather than just reading about them. We emphasize fostering a child’s intellectual, social, physical and emotional growth using our farm and small animals, gardens and nature.

Programs run Year Round and are open to children from 12 months through Kindergarten.

 

Class options:

  • Messy Farm Fridays- Ages 12 months-4 yrs
  • Little Art Explorers- Ages 12 months- 3 yrs
  • Tiny Animal Adventures- Ages 18 months-4 yrs
  • Messy Farm Fridays- Ages 12 months-4 yrs
  • Outdoor Farm Adventures- Ages 12 months- 6 yrs *Must be potty trained to be dropped off
  • Junior Farmers- Ages 4-7 * Must be potty trained
  • Farm Art-Ages 4-7 * Must be potty trained
  • Junior Scientist-Ages 4-7 * Must be potty trained
  • Wonderful World Of Bugs- Ages 4-7 * Must be potty trained
  • Little Green Thumbs- Ages 4-7 * Must be potty trained
  • Way Finding- Ages 4-7 * Must be potty trained
  • Summer Tiny Animal Adventures- Ages 12 months- 6 yrs *Must be potty trained to be dropped off

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Goats

Children in these programs will learn how to:

  • Properly interact with different animals

  • Provide nutrition for each animal

  • Hold and groom each animal

  • Keep different habitats clean

  • Use recyclable materials

  • Understand the life cycle of the animals

And Much More!

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Summer Tiny Animal Adventures
Ideal for Ages 12 months- 6 yrs

Summer 2021, Tiny Animal Adventures

Ages 12 months -6 years old
*Children under 3 years or not potty trained must be accompanied by adult

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Join us at Double J Riding Club for an animal adventure as we jump with the frogs and hop with the bunnies!

Our Summer Tiny Animal Adventurer’s program incorporate some of your favorite parts of Tiny Animal Adventures and Junior Farmers with summer fun!

Are your kiddos too young for all day summer camps? This is the perfect way to involve your little ones in the fun at our farm!

Activities may include: story time, creating art masterpieces, planting in our garden, sensory activities, cooking in the kitchen, and of course meeting the animals!

Summer too busy?!  No worries we run this class with our fantastic Early Childhood instructor during the school year!

When?

Monday, Wednesday, Friday

10:45-11:45 AM

12:30-1:30 PM

How Much?

$21 per class

*Spots fill up quickly, must sign up online to reserve your spot

 

Messy Farm Fridays
Ideal for Ages 12 months- 4 yrs

What is Messy Farm Wednesdays and Fridays?!

Ages 12 months- 4 years old

This sensory oriented class is perfect for grandparents and other caretakers. Bring your little one to play in our new mud kitchens with a weekly themed sensory bin, smash some homemade play-doughs and get super messy making some awesome farm art. Farm tour is included in every class. Apron will be available but play clothes are highly recommended.

 

Messy Farm Fridays Schedule:

NOT OFFERED FALL 2021

 

 

 

Farm Art
Ideal for Ages 4-7

Instructed by Jennifer Michalski

This course will allow students to experiment with paint, watercolors, outdoor materials, collaging materials and so much more! Let your child’s inner artist out using Double J’s farm as inspiration! Each week students will create a beautiful work of art you would be proud to showcase in your home.

Class time: Cost: $21 per class

Session Dates: Thursdays from 1:45-2:45 PM

Full Semester runs for 10 weeks starting the week of September 5th.

Please Note: We will not have any classes September 6th due to Labor Day.

Trail Blazers
Ideal for Ages 4-7

What is Trail Blazers?!

Instructed by Grace Seter

Outside of the garden and animal pastures, a wild world exists on the farm! Come explore and adventure with us as your child learns the basics of outdoor survival and trail hiking. This 10 week class is filled with outdoor skills, fort building, hiking, foraging, scavenger hunts, basics of compasses and GPS location, plant identification and more! Each class your child will explore the wonders of the natural world to learn a new skill!

Class time: Cost: $21 per class

Session Dates: Tuesdays from 12:30-1:30 PM

Full Semester runs for 10 weeks starting the week of September 5th.

Please Note: We will not have any classes September 6th due to Labor Day.

 

Little Art Explorers
Ideal for Ages 12 months- 3 yrs

What is Little Art Explorers?!

Ages 12 months- 3 years old

Little Art Explorers has so many benefits from squishing in paint, exploring colors and textures, learning about nature around us, developing fine and gross motor skills, making friends and building confidence at an early age! This extremely messy art class will teach babies and toddlers the basics of art mediums, colors, and shapes as they use fun art tools to create little masterpieces. A farm tour is included at the end of each class. All students must attend with an actively participating adult and wear clothes that they are ready to get messy in! (PAINT WILL BE USED!)

 

2021 Schedule:

Class time: Cost: $21 per class

Session Dates: Mondays from 10:45-11:45 AM

Full Semester runs for 10 weeks starting the week of September 5th.

Please Note: We will not have any classes September 6th due to Labor Day.

 

 

Tiny Animal Adventures
Ideal for Ages 18 months- 4 yrs old

What is Tiny Animal Adventurers?!

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Ages 18 months- 4 years old

A uniquely structured program that offers a place for caregivers and toddlers to play, learn and develop while meeting the animals at Double J!

What's more tot-thrilling than farm animals? Little ones can learn about and experience real live farm animals in the Tiny Animal Adventure classes at the Double J's Farm! (Formerly known as Parents & Tots)

In each 60 minute class, a parent/toddler duo might explore the farm grounds, listen to an animal-centric story, create a craft, feed animals, participate in Farm Yoga or play various games!

Each class is themed (e.g. Lucky Lizards, Animals of the Night, etc.) and will guide our activities for the week.
This is the perfect way to get your little one ready for Junior Farmers and a great activity for parents and siblings ranging in age!

 

Tiny Animal Adventurers 2021 Schedule:

Class runs on:

Mondays from 9:30-10:30 or Wednesday 9:30-10:30 AM or Fridays 9:30-10:30 AM

 

Cost:
$21 per child

*Sorry no drop-ins, must sign up online*

 

 

Junior Farmers
Ideal for Ages 4-7
Feeding chickens.

What is Junior Farmers?!

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Ages 4-7 years old

A pre-school age enrichment program for kids who love animals and nature that will foster their independence and curiosity as they get down and dirty on the farm!

At Double J Farm, our Junior Farmers learn through hands-on, nature-based experiences that address the developmental needs of children ages 3 to 6 as they explore the plant life and animals at our farm.

These 60 minute classes take learning to a higher level than the Tiny Animal Adventure class and are primarily drop off. After one class, your animal lover or critter extraordinaire will want to join us all season long for this unique, down in the dirt learning experience that will last a lifetime!

Every week has its own theme, so your child will learn new concepts all year long! These themes guide our educational activities and include a variety of: animal, agricultural, science, and nature topics.

Jr. Farmers

2021 Schedule:

Class runs on:

Tuesdays at 10:45-11:45 AM as well as Thursdays from 9:30-10:30 AM

 

Cost:
$21 per class

 

*Sorry, no drop-ins, must sign up online.*

Little Green Thumbs
Ideal for Ages 4-7

What is Little Green Thumbs?!

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Ages 4-7 years old

This class is for preschool aged kids (ages 4-7) that want to come out and dig in the dirt! We will be reading garden-related stories, plant seeds and vegetables, learn to compost and harvest food to give to the animals to eat. Play clothes are suggested, rain boots and sunhat strongly suggested. Farmer Amanda, a career horticulturist, is the leader for this class.

2021 Schedule:

Class runs on:

Tuesdays at 9:30-10:30 AM

 

Cost:
$21 per class

 

*Sorry, no drop-ins, must sign up online.*

Outdoor Farm Adventures
Ideal for Ages 2- 6 yrs

What is Outdoor Farm Adventures?!

Sign up for Outdoor farm adventures here!

Ages 2- 4 years old

A pre-school age enrichment program for kids who love animals and nature that will foster their independence and curiosity as they get down and dirty on the farm!

This all outdoors class is the perfect class for children who love the outdoors or whose parents are not comfortable with being in an indoor class at this time. Each week students will get down and dirty on the farm with sensory bins, animal meet and greets, games, story time around the fire, and so much more! Please dress appropriately for the weather.

 

Outdoor Farm Adventures

2021 Schedule:

Class runs on:

CLASS NOT OFFERED IN FALL 2021

 

 

Wonderful World of Bugs
Ideal for Ages 4-7

Instructed by Ryan Cunningham

A pre-school age enrichment program for kids who love bugs and nature that will foster their independence and curiosity.

At Double J Farm, our Wonderful World of Bugs class will teach children all about different insects in our world. Students will learn through hands-on, nature-based experiences that address the developmental needs of children ages 4 to 7 as they explore the under human care and wild insects on the farm. Over this 8 week program, children will learn about insects, the most diverse group of animal life on earth! They will learn all aspects of how insects live and interact with each other. From what makes an insect an insect. To the different ways that insects get around. As well as learning about how and what these amazing animals eat. By the end of the semester they will have enough knowledge to come with and create a brand new insect from their imagination.

These 60 minute classes take learning to a higher level than the Tiny Animal Adventure class and are primarily drop off. After one class, your critter extraordinaire will want to join us all season long for this unique, down in the dirt learning experience that will last a lifetime!

Class time: Cost: $21 per class

Session Dates: Thursdays from 10:45-11:45 AM

Full Semester runs for 10 weeks starting the week of September 5th.

Please Note: We will not have any classes September 6th due to Labor Day.

Junior Scientists
Ideal for Ages 4-7

What is Junior Scientists?!

Get energized this semester as we learn all about fun experiments with an animal theme. Each week students will learn about an amazing animal adaptation, complete a science experiment to learn more about that adaptation and then meet and greet with the animal of the week. Students will work out loud through the scientific method as they predict and discuss their observations.

Class time: Cost: $21 per class

Session Dates: Tuesday from 1:45-2:45 PM

Full Semester runs for 10 weeks starting the week of September 5th.

Please Note: We will not have any classes September 6th due to Labor Day.

Sunrise Story Hour
Ideal for Ages 4-7

What is Sunrise Story Hour?!

Join us on an early morning farm safari as we enjoy a good book. This course is perfect for parents with young children and provides a great educational and sensory experience for the little ones. We read a new story every week, introducing children to both books and the real-life versions of the animals on the pages!

Class time: Cost: $15 per class

Session Dates: Tuesday and Thursdays from 8:15-9:00 AM

Full Semester runs for 10 weeks starting the week of September 5th.

Please Note: We will not have any classes September 6th due to Labor Day.

Frequently Asked Questions:

 

Q- What protocols are we taking with COVID?
A- GROUP SIZE- We are limiting the size of each class to 5 children and are asking that only 1 parent attends per child. HANDWASHING – We have set up hand washing stations all around the farm.  Children will be required to wash their hands when they arrive and during the day, at the end of each activity. If you have your own hand sanitizer, you are welcome and encouraged to use it throughout class. ONE TOUCH SUPPLIES- We have purchased additional supplies to insure that each child gets their own implements limiting multiple people touching the same supplies. Each child will receive their own supplies at the start of class and supplies will be heavily sanitized before next use. EMPLOYEE WELLNESS CHECKS – All employees will have their temperatures taken daily and will have to sign in certifying that they/as well as any other family member have not been sick in the last 14 days. SOCIAL DISTANCING – We have rewritten all of our activities to provide as much social distancing as possible.  SUNSCREEN, BUG SPRAY ETC – Please make sure that you apply all sunscreen and/or bug spray on your child before sending them to class. SIBLINGS/FRIENDS/FAMILY MEMBERS – We are requesting that siblings, friends and family members do not linger on property before or after class as we are limiting the number of people on property and trying hard to control social distancing when possible.

Q- What happens if my child can't make one of the classes?
A- We have a 72-hour cancellation policy. If you contact us by phone and/or email 72 hours prior to the class start, we can re-schedule your child's class. Refunds can be given 14 days prior to the class session. Payment and rescheduling cannot be credited towards other camps, classes, or lessons.

Q.- Can I register for multiple classes and will the activities always be the same?
A- You can register for as many classes as your schedule allows! Each week has it's own theme, so activities will be different week to week. The Junior Farmers also has a Tuesday and Thursday lesson plan, so children could come twice a week for that class and complete different activities!

Q.- Do you take drop-ins?
A- We do not take drop-ins, you must pre-register online.

Q- What can I do if a class session is booked at capacity?
A- You can sign up for the wait list, and if there are any cancellations, we will contact you to add your child to the roster.

Q- Does my child need to be potty trained?
A- For Junior Farmer's admittance, yes all children must be potty trained.

Q- What should my child wear?
A- Your child should wear comfortable clothes that you wouldn't mind getting a little dirty. They will be walking around a farm and around large animals, so protective boots are strongly encouraged even if they are not riding.

**Winter- Especially for their riding lesson make sure your child is sent with: warm gloves and socks, boots, and an extra layer of pants they can put on before riding.

Questions?
Call or email us to discuss the Farm Programs!
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708-528-4674

doublejridingclub@gmail.com