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Farm School

Come join us on our Farm where we believe that opportunities to learn are all around us, and not just in a classroom setting.

Double J Riding Club’s Farm School is a learning pod rooted in the belief that children learn best when able to use their hands, imagination and critical thinking to solve day to day problems.  Situated on an educational farm, children will spend the majority of their time outdoors immersed in hands-on learning inspired by the natural world and guided by teachers with both the professional experience and educational degrees to allow them to achieve learning targets based on elementary educational standards.   

Our family-owned urban farm provides a wonderful teaching site where children will learn how to grow produce and interact with botany, learn about animals and their habitats, raise livestock and form an understanding and appreciation that they are part of the natural world, not separate from it. 

2023-24 ENROLLMENT IS OPEN!

Double J Riding Club classes and programs are designed to support early childhood, homeschool and students away from school with hands on learning in a variety of academic, physical, and social areas. If you are looking for a one-off class for ages one and up. Click below for our large array of upcoming courses. Double J's programs run year round.

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AGE RANGES

LITTLE SEEDS

Whether your child is a full time homeschooler, in preschool or looking for a pre-preschool program, Our Little Seed Pod is designed for ages 3-4 years old. This program embraces children's sense of wonder as they explore, observe and learn through nature on our farm. Tot classes focus on sensory learning, music, games, art, imaginative play and stories as children learn to build independence and confidence through unique experiences and fun activities. Children must be fully potty trained.

Offered Monday, Tuesdays & Thursdays

LITTLE SPROUTS

Whether your child is a full time homeschooler or in part-time kindergarten, our Little Sprout Pod at Double J Riding Club is created for children ages 5-7. This hands-on program allows children to learn through purposeful play and discovery. Children will build confidence around animals in a safe environment and explore nature in every class.

Offered Monday, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays

ADVENTURERS

Our Adventurer Pod at Double J Riding Club is designed for children ages 7 and up. These classes not only incorporate a hands-on learning philosophy, but will dive deeper into animal care, conservation, science, agriculture, math, and art techniques. Children must know how to read, write, and basic math knowledge (addition and subtraction).

Offered Monday, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays

EXPLORERS

Double J Riding Club's Explorer Pod is created for our oldest farm schoolers ages 10 and up. These classes not only incorporate a hands-on learning philosophy, but will dive deeper into conservation studies, dissections, garden planning, raising livestock, art techniques, animal care, engineering and independent projects.

Offered Mondays & Wednesdays

What is Farm School?

Double J’s Farm School is offered as a once or twice a week drop off program from 9 am to 11:45 am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Students who want sign up for multi-days must know that Mondays and Thursdays are the same and Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the same.  Enrollment in Double J’s Farm School is a yearlong commitment and students will be enrolled in a Fall, Winter and Spring Semester with breaks over holiday weeks.

2023/24 classes will begin the week of September 11th, 2023 and end the week of May 13th, 2024. Select holiday weeks when classes will not be observed are listed below. Fall, Winter and Spring semesters will each consist of 10 classes.

Price:

At Double J Riding Club, we are convinced that a year-long commitment will give our students the benefit of a curriculum that compliments and builds on prior lessons learned, build friendships with classmates, and learn in a consistent and safe environment.

The price for Farm School is broken down into 9 payments spanning from September to May. Payment of $175 will be taken out automatically on the first of every month. If you choose to un-enroll in the upcoming semester a 30 day notice will need to be given through e-mail. If the semester has already begun and you choose to enroll in Farm School the monthly price will automatically be prorated for you.

Materials Fee: 

We strive to make the life of busy parents as simple as possible. At Double J Riding Club's Farm School all materials will be provided by us. A non-refundable $175 materials fee will be collected when you sign up. This materials fee will cover all items used throughout the year. All students will need to bring each day is weather appropriate clothing, closed toe shoes, a water bottle and snack.

Lunch: 

Every day from 11:45-12:30 a lunch period will be offered at Double J Riding Club. If you choose to sign up for lunch please sign up ahead of time on our Sawyer Link. Lunch period is priced at $4 per child to cover staffing. Children will be able to eat together and play at our park. This is a great way for students to socialize with one another. Following lunch, Double J Riding Club offers one-off classes if students choose to add-on to their Farm School program.

 

2023-24 SEMESTERS

SPRING

Start of Semester: Week of February 25th

Spring Break: Week of March 24th

Easter Break: Week of April 7th

End of Semester: Week of May 12th

FALL 2023

Start of Semester: Week of September 11th

End of Semester: Week of November 12th

Thanksgiving Break: Week of November 19th

 

WINTER

Start of Semester: Week of November 26th

Winter Break: Week of December 17th, 24th, 31st

End of Semester: Week of February 18th

 

What curriculum will be covered?

This learning pod is designed for homeschooling children or children away from school ranging from ages 3 through 15. At Double J Riding Club Farm School, students will interact with a variety of subjects in a child-led, nature focused manner with outdoor, hands-on learning championing the process.

These explorers will be immersed in the following areas of study —

  • Science
  • Art
  • Math

  • Literacy

  • History
  • Social Studies

  • Physical Education
  • And More

The inspiration for the SPRING 2024 semester will be through topics such as—

  • Cooking for Animals
  • Collaging
  • Native Ecology
  • Fish Biology
  • Raising Tadpoles
  • Freshwater Ecology
  • Sheep Genetics
  • Animal Tracks
  • Migration
  • United States Geography
  • American Explorers
  • Career Exploration
  • Magnetism
  • Layers of the Earth
  • Local Geology
  • Spring Plantings

**These topics are subject to change and additional subjects may be introduced.

Why Double J Riding Club?

Helping children learn and grow in a safe and stimulating environment since 1999, Double J Riding Club has made it our mission to foster an environment in which children gain love and respect for both animals and nature.  Our 6 acre farm with over 25 species and 200 plus animals, gardens, barnyards, nature areas and farmhouse provides opportunities for a vast amount of meaningful first hand learning experiences.  Whether you are here for one of our 3 hour learning pods or an individual class, hands on learning is a mainstay of every program. These may include activities such as planting vegetables, learning about and caring for our farm animals, observing insects, finding art in nature, and making nutritious treats for our animals.  The student’s individual growth is stimulated through varied activities such as sensory play, art, music, creative movement, science experiments, practical math and more.  We strongly believe that in the outdoors children develop a broader awareness, greater curiosity and a growing sense of wonder regarding their world, their own selves and those around them.  Even with a variety of unique learning programs, our philosophy remains consistent – to help children love and respect our world.