Join us in our 379-acre outdoor classroom as we explore and learn about the natural world, ask questions, and make connections.
What is Homeschool Ed-ventures?
Homeschool Ed-ventures is a science education program designed for 4K-12th grade homeschooled students who enjoy hands-on learning and outdoor adventure. Taught in the “Riveredge style,” each small class of students engages in cooperative, inquiry-based learning, guided by professionally trained educators.
Outdoor Exploration and Sense of Place
The core content of our program takes place outdoors; our students delight in exploring the many habitats at Riveredge throughout the seasons. The children also develop a strong sense of their place in the natural world and a sense of belonging at Riveredge.
Continued Learning and Relationship Building (Children)
As children grow up in our program, they progress through play-based nature explorations to scientific inquiry and in-depth field studies. We offer five mixed-age classes, each with unique curriculum designed for their developmental level: Dragonflies (grades 4K-5K, student must be able to use the bathroom independently), Monarchs (grades 1-2), Hawks (grades 3-4), Sturgeon (grades 5-7), and Coyotes (grades 8-12). The mixed-age classes offer opportunities for students to take leadership roles, receive mentoring and develop strong learning partnerships.
Continued Learning and Relationship Building (Families): Class Websites
Following registration confirmation and prior to the start of each session, our Educators send a welcome letter to each of their classes, including the link to each class’ website.
In order to enhance communication between our dedicated educators and homeschool families, we have developed secure class websites (using Google Sites) that feature general information about the program, including Parent Curriculum Guides. Following each class, Educators update the websites with new photographs, class highlights, and information for your child(ren) to assist in guiding their learning journey at home. We hope these interactive sites allow for a richer understanding of your child(ren)’s experiences at Riveredge, and provide greater independence for your child(ren).
Following Spring Session, Riveredge hosts an End of Year Celebration Picnic, including a slideshow of pictures and optional activities for families to experience together on site.
For a detailed look into the program, please view the following document:
2018-2019 Homeschool Ed-Ventures Descriptions for K4 – 7
Each session includes five classes, which are divided into two science units and a learning quest. Each science unit is covered over two consecutive classes to allow for in-depth study. The learning quest will take place during the last class of each session.
Unit 1: Prairie Pioneers
September 14th/17th and September 28th/October 1st
Explore the prairie from a First Nations and European Pioneer perspective. Uncover prairie plant legends and lore and experience how fire is used to manage grasslands.
Unit 2: The Enchanted Forest
October 12th/15th and 26th/29th
How does a forest change through seasons and over years? Investigate the secret lives of animals and plants to discover how they shape the forests around us.
Quest: Riveredge Ruins – Clues of the Past
It’s time for adventure! Piece together the history of the land called Riveredge as you uncover the story behind the mysterious riverside ruins.
2018-2019 Program Descriptions for Grades 8-12
Each session includes five classes that are focused on a science theme to allow for in-depth study. Students will read a book that correlates to each session’s topic and discuss questions about these books in class. Students will keep a journal from a nature spot near home, and discuss observed seasonal changes of this area in class.
Taxonomy of Insects
September 17th – November 12th
Collect, Identify, and Classify