BARNYARD                          ADVENTURES

Every Barnyard Adventure program is developed to meet each learner at their level. We provide opportunities for your child to


-reach academic milestones,

-build positive connections, and

-be part of a community that fosters curiosity. 


Our dedicated teachers provide individualized academic and social emotional support, promoting self-paced growth for every learner. 

Programs are offered for farm friends of all ages with flexible scheduling available to meet your family’s needs.

-Tiny Farmers Playgroup – Infant to 4 Years Old

-Little Farmers School – 3-6 Years Old

-After School on the Farm – School-Age Children

Check out our FAQs below or individual program pages to learn more.

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VISIT THE FARM

As with all learning, the best way to learn more is to experience Barnyard Adventures for yourself! We offer tours for families, as well as visit days for new farm friends. 

During a visit day, your child will participate in a regularly scheduled program for an introduction to our daily rhythms. Visit days provide an opportunity for you to ensure our Barnyard Adventures meet the needs of your family and child before making a long-term commitment.

Please contact us to schedule a tour or visit day.

 
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FAQ

Helpful Information

 

IS ADVENTURES IN LEARNING A SCHOOL?

Adventures in Learning is licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. Our programs are geared to foster a love of learning for friends of all ages. 


Tiny Farmers Play Group is designed to nurture connections between caregiver(s) and children under the age of five, alongside older siblings and other members of the Adventures in Learning community.


Little Farmers School is a preschool program for children three to six years of age, geared to prepare farm friends for future educational pursuits. 


After School on the Farm complements various educational paths for school-age learners. Farm friends who will be at least 6 years of age, before December 31st of the current school year, who are not enrolled in a private, public, or charter school, should be registered in their home district as a homeschooler.

ARE YOUR PROGRAMS 100% OUTSIDE?

Yes! All Adventures in Learning programming is delivered on our nearly one-and-a-half-acre mini-farm. Tucked away on a quiet residential street in Ashland, the farm provides ample room for supervised discovery, on a wooded lot, amongst our farm friends. 


The adventure space includes rabbit hutches, goat and chicken pens, a small pond, garden area, compost and digging space, mud kitchen, and forest paths. We also utilize a stone patio for additional science, technology, reading, engineering, arts, and math (STREAM) activities, as well as for family-provided snacking. Farm goers are welcome to take breaks as needed. Cozy hammocks and swings are available for play or rest. 


When breaks from the elements are needed, temporary and permanent outdoor structures are used for learning activities.

WHAT DO YOU DO IN COLDER MONTHS AND EXTREME WEATHER?

Farm friends dress for the weather, including rain and snow gear, boots, hats, gloves, and warm layers, as necessitated by New England weather. 


Temporary structures are available when children need space to warm up or take a break from the elements. Learners and educators will wait out a passing storm, as needed, in permanent structures that also shelter goats or rabbits.


In cases of severe weather, families are contacted for pick up, and the opportunity to make up missed time is provided. Similarly, in the event of a local weather advisory, programs are canceled, and a make-up day is offered for missed, pre-paid days.

ARE MASKS REQUIRED?

Masks are optional. According to the current guidelines from the State, Centers for Disease Control, and the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, children and adults do not need to be masked outdoors. Educators will have masks and face coverings handy when needed. On hot days, children who do wear masks will be encouraged to take mask breaks at a social distance from peers and educators.

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“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.”
-Mark Van Doren
Pulitzer Prize Winner and Author of A Liberal Education