Farm school details

The curriculum at Little Farmer’s Preschool is unique offering both core kindergarten-readiness and reading-readiness curriculum and farm-based activities and learning.  The core curriculum is designed to prepare your child for learning success in their continued schooling.  We have a unique reading readiness program that provides a solid foundation in reading. The program is designed to fit the unique needs of each child and meet them at their level. We don't push beyond what the child is ready for, we encourage and guide the child to success as they are ready.

The farm-based learning will help your children better understand the natural cycles of life in a safe, fun, and hands-on learning environment. Your children will have the unique opportunity to interact with the farm animals, plant seeds, and see (and enjoy) the equipment and products of farm-life.  All children are thrilled by and thrive in an interactive learning atmosphere and we are excited to offer just that.

2-day preschool offers an academic portion of learning that will help your child learn their letters, numbers, shapes, colors, and more. Through songs and hands-on learning, children are guided to discover the world around them and provide a foundation for future learning. Ages 3 to 5.

Farm Camp Friday is a non-academic class based around farm themes with hands-on learning. This once-a-week class offers a variety of themes around the farm. It's a great addition to our 2-day class. Ages 3 to 5.

Outdoor Discovery classes are nature and farm-themed and offer a learning opportunity, unlike any other classes. The classes are held outside all year (weather permitting) and provide children the chance to naturally explore the world outdoors. Children learn at a higher level when in mixed-age groups.  Ages 3 to 8.

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FAQs

What age groups do you accept?

2-day preschool classes are for children ages 3 to 5. We have a kindergarten-readiness class for children 4, turning 5 and a separate 3-year-old class. Children must be of age by September 1st.  If you have a question about the age of your child and the class that fits them best, please contact Amy at 801-871-5962 or amyharris@petersenfarm.com.

Farm Camp Friday classes are for children 3 and up who are potty trained and ready to learn and grow on the farm.

Tuition 

Monthly tuition rates are calculated on the entire school year, then divided equally among the 9 months of class. This keeps monthly tuition at a consistent monthly price for you while still allowing us to keep all classes at the same number of sessions.  Each month will have varied vacation days. We ensure that all are classes have the same number of sessions within the school year by adjusting school vacation days and closures appropriately.Tuition is due on the 1st of each month. There is a $15 late fee for tuition paid after the 5th.

What is the curriculum?

Our focus at Little Farmers Preschool is finding ways to help children learn and grow on the farm. Children attending Little Farmers Preschool attend to early literacy skills as well as build a foundational understanding in math and scientific processes. Little Farmers Preschool also fosters discovery and real world connections through interactions on a working farm. Children experience first hand the important role of farms in their community. Little Farmers Preschool fosters a connectedness between farms and surrounding communities.

What is Farm Camp Friday?

Farm Camp Friday is our way of providing farm camp learning experiences throughout the year. Teaching and learning are centered around hands-on activities on the farm. We provide in-depth experiences centered on farm life and connect communities and farms together in a real world way.

What are the class sizes?

Class sizes are limited to 12 kids per class.  There is one teacher each class, often with volunteers. Farm Camp Friday 3YO class is limited to 8 kids per class. Preschool 3YO class is limited to 10. 

How many adults are on the farm with the kids when they go out?

Teachers always accompany their students on the farm. Any adult visitors also accompany the students outside. We have a youth helper for our farm camp classes and a teacher assistant in our 3YO class.

Do the kids get free play outside?

Children complete daily farm chores as part of their outside time. Free play is done as time permits and is supervised by the teacher. Children also spend time in our classroom garden area and greenhouse caring for plants and exploring. Our classroom garden area includes an outdoor story circle.

What are the kids expected to do on the farm?

Daily Farm Routines may include: feeding goats and chickens; collecting eggs; observing farm animals and other area animals; observing planting and harvesting of crops; talking with Farmer Luke or others in the market about their responsibilities on the farm; observing farm tools and machines; small group interactions with farm animals.

What if my child is afraid of the animals?

Children are encouraged to interact with animals as they feel comfortable and are never forced into a situation where they feel threatened.

How do you address safety issues?

Please see our Safety Policy below.

What holidays or special events are there?

Holidays and celebrations are a very important part of child development. Children learn about how they relate to the world by understanding what is most important to them in a variety of contexts. For these reasons, we incorporate discussions of major holidays into our curriculum. We want children to feel that the major holidays and traditions they are celebrating at home are important to us too. Our teachers discuss and teach using a farm focus on the following holidays and events: Fall Harvest; Halloween; Thanksgiving; Christmas; Valentine's Day; St. Patrick's Day; Easter.

Birthdays: Each student at Little Farmers Preschool will have the opportunity to be a Star Student. Each student is given a special day, as close to their birthday as possible, to be honored by their teacher and class members. We love hearing about other family holidays and traditions and enjoy sharing them with our students. If you celebrate a holiday that is significant to your family and child, please let your teacher know and they will happily accommodate your family in the way you would like (i.e., allowing you to come share something about the holiday, providing a story to be read to the class, etc.).

Do you go on field trips?

Little Farmers arranges as many field trips as possible during the school year.  Possible field trips include: fire station; farm market; police visit to the farm; beekeeper visit to the farm; Farmer Luke's pumpkin patch and harvest wagon ride; Petersen Farm School does not have transportation available for field trips. As we go on trips, we ask that you transport your students to and from each site and that you or another adult family member accompanies your child while on the trip. Siblings are welcome to join us.


Policies and safety information

Schedule & Calendar

Students can arrive 5 minutes before school begins.  Please do not drop your child off before then.  When class ends you can come and quietly wait in the hall.  As your child’s teacher sees you they will call your child to get their stuff to go.  This ensures their safety and allows for teacher/parent communication.  If you need to pick up your child early, please send a note and the teacher will have them ready when it is time.

We will send home a calendar each month with information you will need.  Please check your child’s book bag each day so that you do not miss any important information.

Safety

The safety of each and every student is of upmost importance to us at Petersen Farm School.  Since they will be going onto our working farm each class period we have several safety procedures in place.  Before each class the areas the children will be entering is examined to ensure there are no safety risks for the children.  We also ask the children to always hold onto the handles of the safety rope as we are walking around the farm, unless the teacher tells them otherwise (when we are planting, harvesting or other similar activities that wouldn’t be possible while holding a rope).  Please remind your child not to climb on any of the farm’s equipment or hay stacks.

Tuition

2020-2021 Tuition:

Two-day tuition:

4YO -$130/month

3YO - $140/month

Three-day tuition:

4YO - $185/month

3YO - $195/month

Farm Camp Friday:

4YO - $70/month

3YO- $75/month

Outdoor Discovery:

$65/month

Tuition is due the 1st of the month.  A $15 late fee is charged for all late payments.  Make checks payable to Petersen Farm Preschool.  There is a $25 returned check fee.

Food and Allergies

We do not have snacks regularly for 2-day classes or Outdoor Discovery, so please send your child to school well fed.  We strive to have as allergen-free of an environment as possible.  We purchase gluten-free paints and art supplies, and will give an occasional snack that is theme-based.  We will notify you before so if there is any allergy concerns you can let us know.  Also if you would like, you may send 12 store-bought treats for your child’s birthday. If your child has a summer birthday the teacher will let you know when we will be celebrating it.

Show and Share

Show and Share will take place the last week of the month.  The theme will be listed on the monthly calendar.  Please only send one Show and Share item in your child’s backpack.  Do not let your child bring toys to preschool, unless it relates to the theme. Show and Share relates each month to the letter and sound that we are focusing on in class.

Star Student

Each student will have an opportunity to be the star student for the class.   This is a chance for your child to be spotlighted and teach the class about themselves.  When it is your child’s turn we will send home a basket for you to fill with three items that help to describe your child.  You can also bring a poster of pictures that will be displayed at school.

Field Trips

These are optional.  We are also inviting a couple of visitors to come talk to us (police officer, bee keeper, dairyman- all possibilities).  We will meet at the location of the field trip. A parent or adult must accompany each child on our field trips and siblings are welcome to attend.  We will notify you ahead of time as to when these will take place.

Potty Policy

For safety and privacy reasons we cannot assist children in going to the bathroom.  Please try to send your child in clothing that is simple enough to button/zip without help.  If your child has a wet accident while at school, we will have them dress in a pair of emergency pull-ups and sweat pants and depending on the situation you may be contacted to take them home. For messy accidents, a parent will be called immediately.

Clothing

We will be going outside and around the farm regularly so please dress your child appropriately for the weather.  Make sure that your child wears socks and closed-toe shoes (they will need to have socks on if they change into their farm boots). We recommend rain boots or other sturdy boots to be worn throughout the year on the farm. We do have a set of farm boots that children can change into if needed. 

Drop off/Pick Up Procedures

We ask that you walk your child to the door when you drop them off, and then come into the hallway at the end of class to pick up your child.  If someone else will be picking up your child please let the teacher know, either via a note with your signature or by telling her in person.  If the person that is picking up your child is not authorized your child will not be released until we verify with you.  Again, your child’s safety is our number one concern.

Late Pick Up Policy

We understand that scheduling is tricky! However, when your child is left waiting for you this causes anxiety for him or her. Lateness also is hard on our wonderful teachers who have other commitments after classes end. We will give everyone a 10 minute window following the end of class to pick up children. This window, we hope, will allow for any time constraints you may encounter when coming to pick up. Following this pick-up window, we charge a late fee. We will charge $1 for every minute you are late after the first 10 minutes. To verify the time you pick up, we will photograph your child with the digital clock in the preschool. This photograph will be sent to the directors and you will be expected to pay your late fee with your next tuition payment.

 Medical and Health Policy

Thank you for keeping sick children at home.

When your child is sick, please keep him/her at home until all symptoms are gone or until your physician says it is all right to return to school- both to protect your child and the others in the class.  If your child shows any of the symptoms listed below while at school, you will be called and asked to come immediately to get him/her.  Please help us protect the other children (and your own) by responding promptly.

Please keep at home a child who has:

*Current fever or an elevated temperature within the last 24 hours

*Diarrhea within the last 24 hours

*Vomiting — 2 or more episodes within the last 24 hours

*Matted eyes/pink eye/conjunctivitis until after medically treated and symptoms disappear

*Chicken Pox- please keep the child at home until crusts have formed on all the blisters.

*Hand Foot and Mouth Disease- Please keep child home if a rash is present.

*Severe coughing, which sounds croupy or whooping and causes the child to be unable to lie comfortably.

*Sore throat, especially when there is fever or swelling

*Persistent non-clear nasal drainage, please inform us if your child is suffering from allergies and that would be an exception.

*Lice.  If your child contracts lice please let us know so that we can inform other parents and check children.  Keep the child home until nit free.

*Any other contagious disease

Food & Allergies 

Due to the risk of food allergies, we limit the food we hand out in class. If a child brings a special treat, we will pass out the treat at the end of class, so that each parent can monitor their child’s consumption.  When we do have snacks (occasional) in class, we will notify the parents of the children with the food allergy and make a plan. If this information for your child changes throughout the course of the year, please notify us immediately so that we can plan accordingly.

Medications

We do not dispense medications at Petersen Farm School. With our limited hours we know that you can work out a medication schedule for before and after school hours. Should your child need medication during school hours, you are welcome to come to the school and administer the medication as needed.

Health and Safety Procedures

We continuously stress health and safety in the classroom. Hand washing is our most important line of defense against spreading disease, so we wash our hands OFTEN!

Tables are cleaned with disinfectant regularly.  Disposable tissues are available for the children.

Doctors tell us that the best line of defense against contagion is hand washing! We do lots here. Teach your children to do the same at home to help prevent the spread of infection. Also, teach them to cover their mouths when sneezing or coughing. (The crook of the arm works best.) Thanks for your help.

Emergency Policy

Should a child become injured while at Petersen Farm School:

*Inform parents when they pick up the child if the accident is minor via our accident report form, as in a small cut or minor bumped head. First aid will be utilized and the child made comfortable. When appropriate, a child will be returned to the classroom.  Otherwise parents will be notified to come get their child.

*Call Poison Control if a child ingests something foreign, follow recommendations, call 911 if applicable, then alert parents.

*Call 911 if a child is severely hurt, or even if a suspicion exists that professional medical help is required. Examples are a seizure, broken bone, or deep wound. The second step is to follow their medical advice and third to alert parents. Children not injured will be moved away from the hurt child.

 

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