Welcome To Adventure Hollow
Adventure Hollow is Charlotte Mason inspired and rooted in nature for nurturing young minds kindergarten through eleventh grade. Our hope is to cultivate an organic love for learning through hands-on experiences in nature science, literature, history and cultural arts.
This year in language arts we will spend the year exploring seven classic children’s literature books. As we read through them together, we will discuss time periods, cultures, and customs from the stories and then compare them to our own. At the end of each book, we will celebrate with a themed book party.
World History and Fine Art
This class will make connections to the world around us by exploring traditional folk art techniques, sounds, and tastes. We will review the cultural and physical geography of countries representing each continent. The students will also be exposed to significant artists and styles. Collectively we will learn how to work with different mediums to create our own art to represent our cultural findings. Through this study, we will learn about and appreciate the similarities and differences in people, traditions, and regions around the globe through exposure and hands-on art crafts, and activities. At the end of the school year, our magic school bus will have traveled to Thailand, Costa Rica, Portugal, Dominican Republic, Tanzania, Argentina, and Oman.
Nature Science Through the Seasons
Each week we have a theme of what we’ll be learning about. For example, in September we will be studying seeds, minibeasts (insects), doing an autumn pond study, and learning about the autumnal equinox. Along with each lesson, we will be reading corresponding books, reading poems, and going on nature walks to observe and document in our notebook journals all of our discoveries.
Secondary School (7th-12th)
Early mornings and late afternoons will be a time for students to gather together for a dive into the treasures of civilization, as we take a look at ideas of philosophy, concepts from logic, classical composers, poetry, and fine arts appreciation.
~Literature & Writing~
This course introduces students to literary analysis and critical thinking while also teaching them how to write either literary analysis or critical essays. This is a literature-based course, and students will be required to read literary works such as The Call of the Wild, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Idylls of the King, Treasure Island, How Green Was My Valley, The Screwtape Letters, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which are used along with the lessons.
~American Government and Economics~
American Government and Economics is a one-year course that will integrate both subjects together making learning the material much more interesting. The course design challenges students to form and defend their opinions. Each week, students will participate in Socratic discussions and sometimes write essays on topics such as: Is the United States of America in a political crisis or is it not?; Based on your research of the U.S. Constitution and other evidence, which branch of the American government is the strongest?; What are the two most important rights in the Declaration of Independence?; and Based on your historical analysis of history, was the U.S. Constitution founded on a premise or premises that you consider false or true? Similarly phrased questions are posed about the electoral college, western political thought, the role of the Supreme Court, the powers and size of the federal government, the gold standard, the federal corporate income tax rate, the value of a college education (in relation to its cost), government prohibition of drugs, government-run health care, and a few other topics. (Economics topics are not separated from government topics, since they are often tightly related.)
~Marine Biology and Botany with a Lab~
During our first semester in science, the topics covered in this class include everything from microscopic organisms that make life in the ocean possible to macroscopic marine creatures such as clams, starfish, and sharks. Students will discover how these creatures and their physical surroundings form marine ecosystems such as intertidal zones, estuaries, coral reefs, continental shelf communities, epipelagic communities, and deep-ocean communities. We will be making observations, crafting and testing hypotheses, collecting and graphing data, drawing meaningful conclusions, and sharing our work.
During the spring semester, we will be studying botany which will be divided into five units: The Root and Stem, Leaves, Photosynthesis and Respiration, Flowers and Fruits, and Observing Trees. It will include a number of discussions that bring in chemistry: leaf transpiration, photosynthesis, the chemical makeup of simple sugars and starches, and fermentation. We will be doing many hands-on activities, making field observations, and incorporating many experiments including balancing a chemical equation.