Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Are you a charter school vendor? A: Yes! We are currently a vendor of Summit Academy and Valiant Charter Prep, Visions and Valley View.

Q: Is the meat harvest share from animals at your ranch? A: Yes! We graze our animals mostly on grass. However, we do also give them feed containing vitamins, organic corn, soybeans, dehydrated alfalfa, canola meal, and flaxseed. See Harvest section to learn more.

Q: Who teaches the Homeschool and Summer sessions? A: Misty Muhlestein, and Katie Vegvary are instructors, along with other parent Helpers. To learn more about Misty or Katie please visit about us. If you’re interested in being a Ranch Helper, please click on Ranch Helper to learn more.

Q: Can you tell me about your curriculum? A: We use a variety of curriculum from the 4H recommended and national curriculum. What subjects do you cover? We cover games, arts and crafts, music, dramatic play, Math, agriculture, animal and plant science, literature, building, transportation, discovery, food, and gross motor play.

Q: What is 4H? A: Hand, Heart, Head, Health are the 4 H’s. 4-H is a community of young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills.

Q: Are you a 4H club? A: No we are not a 4H club, however we are current members of the Claycord 4H. If your interested in joining 4H, or participating in showing an animal, please go to https://4-h.org/find/.

Q: Why do you use the 4H curriculum? A: My children are members of 4H, and we love everything that 4H has to offer. The curriculum is fun, and engaging, and easy to learn. Also, we like that 4H is a learning by doing program.

Q: Why are all the children in class together, and not split by age groups? A: Through research and personal experience we have decided that mixed age learning works best for our children in this environment. We have found that young children learn from older ones, and older children learn through teaching the younger ones. Even when the younger ones are not interacting with the older ones, they just learn from watching and listening.

Q: My child has food allergies will you be able to accommodate us? A: Please let us know if you child has a life threatening food allergy. We are a peanut free ranch. If there is a specific food you would like your child to avoid, we will donthe best we can, although please bring an alternative food.

Q: Can I stay with my child during class? A: If you are not signed up to be a Ranch Helper, there is no need to stay with your child during ranch sessions. However, you are welcome to stay the first 30 minutes of class to help your child adjust, if necessary.

Q: Is religion, politics or origin of plants and animals taught? A: No. We do however discuss the importance of having good character, and discuss good character traits.

Q: What does service mean? What kinds of service project will you be doing? A:Service is an activity that allow the children to help out the community or the ranch. Service projects can be simple, for example making a meal to feed a family, harvesting food for donations given to people in need, making or packing something for an organization in need. We also host a Ranch service day once a month. Please click service to learn more.

Q: What is a cooperative? A: homeschool co-op is a group of families who meet together and work cooperatively to achieve common goals.  Classes that are part of a co-op may be led by parents, or teachers.

Q: Will I be required to help at the Ranch?  A: We ask you to serve as a Ranch helper at least  two to three hours a month during the session your child is enrolled. Three hours for Homeschool families and two hours for 3 &4 year old’s. Although the sessions are led by a head teacher, we will be asking for your support in helping the teacher in any way she needs.

Q: What will this look like? A: This will look like you helping in any capacity you are able to during ranch hours, this could be harvesting, weeding, cleaning, painting, feeding animals, talking photographs, the possibilities are endless =-).

Q: What do I get in return? A: A unique experience for your child to grow and to be a part of a farming community with parents and children who are willing to help and serve each other.

Q: What if I cannot make it? A: Not to worry, any family member over the age of 12 in your household, will qualify as a ranch helper (spouse, sibling, or relative.) Please feel free to contact us if you have concerns, or hardships.

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