Yes. Especially now, many schools have been even more flexible with in person and remote schooling options.
The compulsory age of attendance for Maine children is 6 years old. If your child turns 6 between September 1st and July 31st of the following year, you are required to file a Notice of Intent (NOI) to homeschool. The statute states that the NOI should be filed within 10 days of the child turning 6. We do not suggest filing before they turn 6. Filing early can result in the state expecting an early compulsory age and eventually requiring it. The compulsory age in 2018-2019 was 7. It was just lowered to 6 with the 2019-2020 school year.
All homeschooling families are required to submit an annual assessment, which includes a portfolio. Since the state of Maine does not have a specific requirement for the content of the student portfolio, it is up to you what to include in your portfolio. White Ash Learning can provide documentation of your child’s attendance in programs and a summary of the curriculum for this purpose. Learn more about the process of registering as a homeschooling family here.
No, but we recommend Dawn M. Nguyen, Maine certified teacher, who will review the academic progress in state mandated subject areas through a written portfolio review and/or oral narrative of the academic school year via Zoom for $25.
Since the state of Maine does not have a specific requirement for the content of the student portfolio, it is up to you what to include in your portfolio. White Ash Learning can provide documentation of your child’s attendance in programs and a summary of the curriculum for this purpose. Learn more about the process of registering as a homeschooling family here.
The picture of a group of children all nearly the same age playing in a school yard may seem familiar to modern eyes, but it is an odd image from the long perspective of human cultural and evolutionary history. As anthropologist Melvin Konner pointed out more than thirty-five years ago, play among children close in age (same-age play) is largely an artifact of modern times. Same-age play became common only with the rise of age-graded schooling and, still more recently, with the proliferation of age-graded, adult-organized activities for children outside schools. Over the history of our species, as natural selection shaped the brain mechanisms of play, children’s social play usually occurred among individuals of different ages, often widely different ages. To learn more read The Special Value of Children’s Age-Mixed Play in the American Journal of Play or find a summary of the article here.
If your child has an IEP, or undergoes educational testing while enrolled in the program we would love to receive a copy of the report so we can best support their learning journey. We would be happy to evaluate on a case by case basis and discuss how much individualized support we can offer in advance of enrollment.
There will be a minimum of one staff for every five participants. Often our staff to student ratio is lower, and we regularly have guest mentors attending who share specific skills. A low staff to participant ratio allows us to offer one on one and small group instruction and have a higher amount of supervision in the field.
Lead mentors are active Wilderness First Responders, meaning they complete up to 10 days of intensive training in backcountry emergency medicine at least once every three years. Assistant mentors have a minimum of basic first aid and CPR training, and most have also completed Wilderness First Aid a shorter, 3 day training in emergency wilderness medicine.
Our Monroe site has multiple outhouses and we use a composting bucket system at all other program sites. Mentors support children in building confidence going to the bathroom in a wilderness setting.
The application is at the bottom of the About page.
In general, our focus is serving young people under 25. We occasionally host all ages events, especially when the focus is relevant to youth. Forest Therapy is offered for all ages, for more information about hosting a walk click here. We are also in relationship with and encourage you to explore the following organizations offering programming related to nature connection for adults:
- Wildwood Path based in Unity, ME
- Way of the Earth based in Blue Hill, ME
- North Star Adventures based in Unity, ME
- Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition based in Belfast, ME
- Maine Primitive Skills School based in Augusta, ME
- A Tracker’s Trail based in Brattleboro, VT
- Vermont Wilderness School based in Brattleboro, VT
- Bolad’s Kitchen based in Ojo Caliente, NM
- Animas Valley Institute offering programs worldwide