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 6 classic children’s literature books. As we read through them together, we will discuss time periods, cultures, and customs from the stories 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 from countries representing each continent. The students will also be exposed to significant artists and styles. Collectively we will learn how to work 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. By the end of the school year our magic school bus will have traveled to Ireland, Venezuela, India, Guatemala, Egypt, Italy, and Australia.
During our first semester in science, we will explore the wonderful world of mammals as we look closely at the anatomy, characteristics, and habitats of these unique animals. We will use engaging activities that will plunge us into learning about fascinating felines, the mysterious world of bats, and much more. Using our field guides and notebook journals, we will keep a record of our intriguing findings.
Second semester, during winter and spring, we will be studying herbs. All those days spent carefree playing outside are made better by the knowledge that we are surrounded by food and potential medicine. Learning about healing herbs is an amazing doorway to the natural world around us. Herbs are tangible and easy to understand, even for the smallest of children. Their young brains are wired for learning and pattern recognition, and the same openness that allows a toddler to learn language also allows them to recognize patterns in the natural landscape. We will use field guides and our notebook journals to identify and document our findings.
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, and fine arts appreciation.
This class will teach students to analyze major works of American literature. The course is presented in five units: The Colonial Age, The Age of Reason and Revolution, The Romantic Age, the Age of Realism, and The Modern Age. Each unit will provide literary, historical, philosophical, and religious background. The novels we will be reading that correspond with the curriculum are The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Great Gatsby, The Old Man and the Sea, To Kill a Mockingbird, and A Raisin in the Sun.
We will work through stimulating exercises that build grammar skills and help writers make dynamic word choices. We will help students develop literary appreciation and analysis skills such as being able to make inferences and identifying key themes. Along the way, they will also learn about authors and their craftsmanship of writing.
In US History, we will be using Focus on US History. It is full of a wide array of creative activities and collaborative projects. It uses primary source materials, compelling reading selections, abundant illustrations, and stimulating activities that help your learners develop critical-thinking skills. We will work the 8 books that will take us through Exploration and Discovery, Colonization and Settlement, Revolution and Nation-forming, The Civil War and Reconstruction, Industrial Growth, Modernization Through 1930, and World War II Through Contemporary Times.
~Mammals and Horticulture with Lab~
First semester: We will explore the wonderful world of mammals as we look closely at the anatomy, characteristics, and habitats of these unique animals. We will use engaging activities that will plunge us into learning about the anatomy and physiology of fascinating felines, the mysterious world of bats, and much more. Students will be making observations, crafting and testing hypotheses, collecting and graphing data, drawing meaningful conclusions, and sharing their work. We will use field guides and our notebook journals to identify and document our findings.
Spring Semester: We will be studying horticulture through hands-on experiences in the plant sciences, and in the related field of ecology, botany, plant pathology, and entomology. We will also discover many elements of chemistry through the process of composting. At the end of the school year, each student will complete and present a science project in a chosen area of horticulture.
In art this year students will get an overview of many of the major art movements from Romanticism of the 1830s to Psychedelic art of the 1960s and complete hands-on art lessons for each time period. While creating art in the style of the masters, students will gain a better understanding of world history and art history as they unfold together.
Secondary School Classes Covered
Humanities (Philosophy, Art, and Music appreciation)
Language Arts (Literature and Writing/Composition)
Social Studies (US History)
Science (Mammals w/lab 1st Semester/Horticulture w/lab 2nd Semester)
High School Credit
Humanities- 1 credit
Philosophy/Logic- 1 credit
Art or Art History- 1 credit
English 9/10/11/12- 1 credit
US History- 1 credit
High School Science w/Lab (Biology- 1 credit, Chemistry- 1 credit, or Mammals- .5 credits/Horticulture .5 credits)