About BeeLoved Farm Waldorf

 

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Our Story

About BeeLoved Farm

BeeLoved Farm began as a real working micro-farm. Originally, my husband, Bill and I want to name of farm Beloved Farm. But our oldest daughter, Shayne, inspired the name "Agapetos Farm" the Greek word Ἀγαπητός, meaning beloved.

As the farm grew, our weekends began to consist of nothing more than giving tours to families with young children. It wasn't until our youngest daughter, Taylor, who had begun taking Early Childhood classes at Folsom Lake College, that the vision for an Early Childhood Center was born.

Since my husband had made many observatory bee hives for the farm, the decision was made to return to the original English version of Beloved and added an extra "e" making it "BeeLoved Farm"

BeeLoved Farm was already equipped with a 2-room school building, as I was the founding board president of Cedar Springs Waldorf School and the building here was the original Kingergarten and 1st grade when the school opened on Michaelmas, 1990.

Taylor and I went to Austin for our LifeWays and came home after the first summer and opened BeeLoved Farm in July, 2010. We both completed our LifeWays training and graduated from Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks, in August 2011. Shayne was the first to complete her Waldorf Teacher Training, also graduating from Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks. Next, I completed my Waldorf Teacher Training in the Bay Area at the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training. Finally, Taylor followed her older sister and mama and decided to attend the West Coast Institute for Waldorf Teacher Trainning to become a Waldorf Early Childhood teacher too. Just before Shayne took a lead positon in Vermont, we both completed our training in Research for Infant Educarers (R.I.E.).

So to recap, both Taylor and I completed our LifeWays Training. Both Shayne and I completed our R.I.E. (Pickler) training. All three of us have completed our Early Childhood Waldorf Teacher Training (Taylor was to have graduted but COVID-19 has pushed her graduation date out). I have also done the H.A.N.D.L.E. (Holistic Approach to Neuro-Development Learning Efficencies) and the foundational courses for Dr. Steiner's "Currative Education" courses.

I doubt highly that the men in the family, my son Colt or husband Bill, will obtain their Waldorf Teacher Training Certificates but we ladies in the Hodgkin family have certainly followed our heart's desire to work with young children and the farm is the perfect canvas upon which to create an artful living.

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Parallel Public School Calendar - 9 Months

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Plans For Closures Due to PG&E Outages

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Plans For Closure Due to COVID-19

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Highlights to Ponder

The Healing Place ~ BeeLoved Farm

Experience it for yourself; BeeLoved Farm has captured the hearts of families for years because they can "feel" the healing qualities of the land, animals, gardening/farming activity, and all the hard work that has gone into making this land an idealic setting for a Children's Center.

There's no other place like it...anywhere.

Follow your heart, your gut, your own sensibilities and come take a tour.

Self-Directed Play

As part of the "SLOW" movement, self-directed play lends itself to a slower pace and a "SLOW" childhood that's steeped in rich experiences.

Using One's Own Hands

So much can be said about learning to use ones own two hands to create, work, play, serve, take-action, hug, heal, express, manifest, sign, and make the symbol for a small heart.

Our Community's Hidden Gift

It's not often that the stars align and our County grants permission to have a Center on a rural farm. Well the stars DID align and we DO have a Center on a sweet little farm on a rural lane down Ponderosa Road. We are so blessed and grateful to serve families of our community.

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State Licensing: Department of Social Services-Community Care ~ Children's Center License Number: 093617568