The One-Day Program is called The Fairfield Program and it fits with any basic curriculum you might choose for the other school days at home.
The Fairfield Program meets Friday mornings from 9:30 to 2:15, 24 weeks, from August to May.
The Topics for The Fairfield Program include those things it is often difficult to schedule in to a typical home program, but are nonetheless extremely valuable, often more so in a group setting: Composer, Spanish, Bible, Natural History, English History, Bible, and Shakespeare. Our Form IA class will also have a segment for Printing and Brush Draw with Nature Study as well as French. Our new Form III class will have a Lab Science Presentation and a Geography segment. All Forms will have an Arithmetic (or Number) segment and a Reading segment to make Fairfield a complete academic day.
Some of our Fairfield Topics are described below:
- Natural History provides an opportunity to hear about a creature’s common behaviors and habitat. Narration skills will be developed during this time, as well.
- Shakespeare is a chance to provide an accessible way for young students to experience this literature by way of Charles and Mary Lamb’s beautifully-worded (and child-friendly) narratives. These narratives give wonderful introduction to a timeless treasure.
- Nature Study allows students to spend six weeks to three months focusing on just one of the wonders of God’s creation. He sits quietly and observes. If he is too anxious, the subject will disappear! He needs every ounce of his developing Attention Skills and Self-Control Skills to be still and just watch. The caterpillar moves. He eats a leaf. It takes time. Sketching the caterpillar requires looking at every detail of his movement and every shade of color he displays. If you go to the Zoo and sit for three hours watching only monkeys, you will KNOW monkeys! How sad to flit from exhibit to exhibit and amuse the interest, but never really KNOW anything. Charlotte Mason students are taught to “be still and see.” Stillness. What a modern phenomenon!
- Composer is an opportunity for students to hear the music and absorb the piece directly from the composer. He speaks to the students directly. The Presenter gets out of the way.
- Lab Science is a modern addition in the style of the Charlotte Mason method. Seaside Cottage School uses Apologia science curricula to expose the children to a natural way to learn of God’s creation from a Biblical point-of-view. The chapters are easy-to-read in a story-type narrative. The lab experiments are interesting and relevant. Seaside provides the Journal which accompanies the Text so the family can expand each lesson, if they are so inclined.
- Tea Time is a unique feature of Seaside Cottage School. This mid-morning snack is composed of rice crackers, cheddar cheese, tea, and fruit. The students sit in the historic Fellowship Hall and use real plates, tea cups, saucers, linen, and silverware. Students learn table manners and how to behave like gentlemen and young ladies while eating. This is one of the students’ favorite times of the day. They take turns serving and they take turns bussing the tables.
“We should not plan his life for him, so that he is being prepared for some great purpose — even if the purpose we intend is a worthy one in our eyes….” — Charlotte Mason