Program Content and Level
2023-2024 School Year
Programs and lessons will follow a unit structure. Each unit will last three months, or three programs. Units are structured to have lessons that are related. For example, the first lesson of a unit will be an introduction to the topic, and the second two lessons will explore an aspect of the topic in depth. Due to the connected nature of the units, it is recommended, though not required, for your student to attend each lesson in the unit.
All activities will be new for the 2023-2024 school year. Even if you’ve joined us for a homeschool program in a previous year, you can expect new lesson content and activities!
We offer two program levels: Young Learners and Elementary. All programs are 60-75 minutes and are designed for children who have reached specific milestones. Age/grade restrictions are due to the physical and mental demands of the program. Up Yonda Farm staff uses the guidelines below in creating educational programs, please review them to choose the best program for your child.
Young Learners are:
- Ages 5-7 and/or in kindergarten or first grade
- Learning to read and write
- Able to count
- Learning how to work in groups with others
- Engaged in a program with a lesson that is NGSS aligned and may include an activity, game, craft, or story
Elementary Students are:
- Ages 8-11 and/or in second through fifth grade
- Mostly able to read and write without assistance (within reason)
- Mostly able to work collaboratively in groups with others
- Engaged in a program with a lesson that is NGSS aligned and may include reading, writing, and math in the form of an activity, worksheet, game, or craft
Most programs are $5 per student in addition to the per vehicle Day Use Fee, unless otherwise noted. Adult chaperones are free. The Day Use Fee and most homeschool programs are included free with a paid Up Yonda Farm Family Membership!
March Homeschool: Water Lesson 1
Thursday, March 21, 10:00am-11:15am
- Young Learners: Young learners will explore water’s states of matter through demonstrations, activities, and modeling.
- Elementary: In an incredible journey, students will transform into droplets of water as they experience moving between sources of water in the water cycle. Where does water come from? Are we really drinking dinosaur pee? All these questions will be explored, and more!
April Homeschool: Water Lesson 2
Thursday, April 18, 10:00am-11:15am
- Young Learners: Students will learn about the water cycle and the path water takes through the environment by participating in activities and building a model.
- Elementary: Students will travel back in time to experience life in the 1890s through reading from primary sources and calculating water use for a family in the 1890s. Then, they will feel the weight of the amount of water used in a day in a relay race. After the lesson, students will have the opportunity to reflect on their own water use in an at-home water audit.
Homeschool Programs are underwritten by the Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation, “Dedicated to improving the quality of life for year-round residents of the Adirondack Park”