A natural extention to the Moon Child program, the Sandy Pond School Co-operative is for children ages eight to twelve, with a focus on the learning opportunities easily available here upon the pond. It is a year round program, and like all educational programs I provide, it adheres to Common Core Standards for English Language Arts and Mathmatics as set forth in the "Common Core State Standards Initiative ©2010", and Maine’s Learning Standards' Guiding Principles as they further apply to Social Studies, Visual and Performing Arts, World Languages, and Education Development. It is also by definition and pratice, a project based learning program. Scheduling available to home school and after school/enrichment groups, as a co-operative option. (The Sandy Pond School surroundings are also the gathering grounds for many of the workshops and programs offered to older students and adults as well)
***For the past two years I have been very proud to be involved in the Maine Phenology Project Signs of the Seasons. Members of the Sandy Pond School Co-operative have also enjoyed being a part of it, along with the other sites where I have offered the program. Participants in the Signs of the Seasons program help scientists document the local effects of global climate change by observing and recording the phenology (seasonal changes) of common plants and animals living in their own backyards and communities. The University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Sea Grant coordinate the program in partnership with the USA National Phenology Network (USA-NPN), Acadia National Park, Schoodic Education and Research Center, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Maine Maritime Academy, Maine Audubon, and climate scientists and educators at the University of Maine. I'd be happy to help your school, library, recreation, or other group get their own Signs of the Season program up and running! I have resources and experience to add to what is available through the University of Maine. I can meet with facilitators and share ideas, offer a classrom visit to entice the kids with some of what has been learned in my own programs, or even be part of the introductory walk through of your site with the students!