WSB’s 3rd Grade Visits Roseda Farm

This morning Ms. Smith’s 3rd Grade class visited Roseda Farm in Monkton, MD. Roseda Farm proudly uses sustainable, traditional, small scale practices to raise cattle for meat. The students got to see inside the barn, pet a two-hour-old calf, play with the farm dog, and climb straw-bales (and frozen compost piles). You can purchase Roseda Beef at their farm store (15317 Carroll Road, Monkton, MD 21111). Farm store hours are Tuesday – Friday 10 am. to 6 pm. and Saturday 10 am to 4 pm. Roseda beef can also be purchased online at

Please enjoy these photos of our visit below:

Outward Bound Opportunity! Application Deadline: Feb 6

Below are the details for a great opportunity to have you WSB middle school student (or alumni) head out on a grand adventure! The application deadlines for the two programs are February 6th! If you are interested in having your student participate please contact Cate Mulvihill, WSB Director of Student Life, or Michel Anderson, WSB Ecoliteracy & Sustainability Coordinator. Either would be happy to help your student with the application. Additionally, Cate has participated in the Potomac River Educators’ Expedition this past August.
outwardEvery year, Baltimore Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School gives 20 Maryland students, and a dozen educators, a once in a lifetime opportunity to push themselves to become tomorrow’s leaders. This exclusive cohort is selected to participate in an exciting and uniquely challenging wilderness expedition. It is sure to be an epic adventure which will build character and skills that today’s world demands.

Get Out And Lead (GOAL)
10-day backpacking and rock climbing expedition on the Appalachian Trail
For 12 students entering grades 7-9 (~age 12-14)

Youth Leadership Corps (YLC)
14-day backpacking and canoeing expedition in West Virginia
For 8 students entering grades 10-12 (~age 15-17)

Spring 2014: 3rd Grade Farm Trip PART 1

Happy Earth Day!
For over 35 years, the Waldorf School of Baltimore has been sending their 3rd grade class to Hawthorne Valley Farm for a week-long trip that deepens their sense of independence and understanding of life and the food system. This week, Mrs. Jerram’s 3rd grade is in the midst of this life changing experience and is busy working and playing hard from dawn to dusk. Thus far, our students have been engaged in activities ranging from horseback riding to baking sourdough bread…and they still have 2 more full days to go!  Please enjoy the photographs below (and, parents, please know that even though the photos are full of wide eyes and bright smiles, your children miss you…really they do. 🙂 )

Shenandoah Camping Adventure

My work with the Waldorf School definitely has its perks. On October 17th, 18th, and 19th, I had the privileged of accompanying the 7th and 8th grade on their camping trip to the Shenandoah National Park. Aside from the many hikes we took, I initiated a nature observation exercise that we did on two occasions. First, we came together in a large circle, I then explained that we would all fan out and sit quietly alone for ten minutes and try to keep all human-made artifacts out of sight. During those ten minutes we would observe our surroundings and examine the quality of thought that emerged within us. Afterwards we would gather again in a circle and share our observations. We did this on two occasions, one in the evening and one in the morning, in our private locations. I was surprised and encouraged by the willingness and excitement the learners shared their thoughts. For many it was the first time they noticed some of the wildlife around us. My favorite comment came form one of the 7th grade girls — she took special notice of the lichens and moss growing all over the trees and realized that if she were to reach out and touch one of them she maybe the first and only human to do so. The observations generated some very interesting conversations about the nature of perception. Afterwards, Ms. Mulvihill, our outdoor specialist, shared an interesting perception game that tested the boundaries of sight — a learner stood alone, staring straight ahead about 25 feet away from everyone else, then one of us would slowing creep forward until recognized.
Below are some of the photos I took during our trip. Enjoy.

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