Director: Beth Anne Moonstone, MA.ED, Teacher, Environmental Educator, NaturalistI am an avid gardener, artist, reader and lifelong learner, nature lover, hiker, board game enthusiast, geek, published author, builder of yurts, cheese and soap maker and spent 20 years as a homebirth midwife.
I have taught college level classes for adults in science, ecology and midwifery for the past 20 years, taught elementary grades through high school students math, science, gardening, permaculture and ecology. I am currently the director of Summer programs at The Common School in Amherst, MA and an adjunct teacher at Greenfield Comunity College.
In 2001, I was a founding member of the Community Home School program. The program offered weekly classes for homeschoolers ages 4 through 18. I have taught children from Kindergarten through high school as a main lesson teacher, a subject teacher and as a private tutor. My favorite subjects to teach are science, math, art and language arts. I am the mother of three amazing children that are now 17, 20 and 23.
I love to learn new things, play board games, laugh at cheesy jokes, grow food, garden, hike up mountains, spending time with friends, journey through dungeons, watching cartoons and see super heros save the world while smashing/blowing up things. I also run obstacle mud races and lift heavy weights .
Hamline University, MA.ED in Nature Science and Environmental Education
Oregon State University and Cascadia Permaculture Institute, Permaculture Design Certificate
Cornell University, Master Naturalist Training
Union University and Institute, BA concentration in Midwifery Science
Antioch New England, Waldorf Foundation Studies and 1 semester teacher training
Certified Profession Midwife (CPM) North American Registry of Midwives
Southwest Technical College, AAS, Midwifery
USA Archery Coach - Level 1
Radiant Child Yoga Instructor
CPR/First Aid Certified
We drawn inspiration from many places. Here are a few of them.
education (EE) teaches children and adults
how to learn
investigate their environment, and to make intelligent, informed
decisions about how they can take care of it. Learning about the
involves many subjects - earth science, biology, chemistry, social
studies, even math and language arts - because understanding how the
environment works, and keeping it healthy, involves knowledge and
skills from many disciplines. EE not only leads to
environmentally literate people, but also helps increase student
Environmentally literacy help students know:
- That their daily choices affect the environment
- How those choices can help or harm the environment
- What they need to do -individually or as part of a community -to keep the environment healthy and sustain its resources, so that people enjoy a good quality of life for themselves and their children.
education is a philosophy that in which educators
engage with learners in direct experience and focused reflection in
order to increase knowledge, develop skills, clarify values, and
develop people's capacity to contribute to their communities. We learn
by doing, seeing and experiencing.
Learning through experience focuses on intellectual development, civic and social responsibility, ethical development, cross cultural and global awareness, and personal growth.
education focuses learning
within the local
community of a
student. It provides learners with a path for becoming active citizens
of the environment and place where they live. The resources of the
community are brought into the learning process in a way that makes
education exciting. The approach emphasizes hands-on, real world
learning experiences that challenge students to learn and solve
Promise of Place
The Center for Place Based Education
Systems thinking is the process of understanding how things, regarded as systems, influence one another within a whole. In nature, systems thinking examples include ecosystems in which various elements such as air, water, movement, plants, and animals work together to survive or perish. In organizations, systems consist of people, structures, and processes that work together to make an organization "healthy" or "unhealthy". Systems thinking is about learning to think! Rather than memorizing facts and information as separate static items, students explore the relationships between things and dig deeper in their understanding of the world around them.
Waldorf education is a humanistic approach to teaching based on the educational philosophy of the Austrian Rudolph Steiner. Waldorf education uses a foundation of a child (human) development that seeks addresses the needs of the growing child: the heart, the hands, as as the head. Waldorf pedagological methods include the use of art, movement, speech work, practical work, handwork, music, wonder and observation. Many Waldorf methods blend with and strengthen our curriculum."Waldorf education places the development of the individual child in the focal point, convinced that the healthy individual is a pre-requisite ofr a healthy society" (International Conference on Education of UNESCO)
Waldorf Education and Experiential Education