Cursive and Form Drawing Class ages 7-10

begins Sept 14, 2017. Thursdays 10am-11:10am
Will be a one hour per week class. Cost is $100. for the 5 week session
*Pre-requisite: students should be able to print write all their letters, form words and simple sentences.This class will be held at my home in Amherst, MA.To register or with questions contact beth@peacefrog.org (as always there is some flexibility in the age range)

Learning cursive is about much more than penmanship. Cursive handwriting expands cognitive capacities of the brain, develops hand eye coordination, spatial skills, and engages both hemispheres of the brain. (It can also be fun!)

Form drawing is the freehand drawing of non-representational forms. Often the forms have a story or verse that describes them. The forms are drawn in the air with our fingers, then again with just our fingers on the paper, then with large crayons or colored pencils. We trace the forms over several times, often with multiple colors, as we recite the verse. Often this exercise becomes rhythmic, meditative and expressive for the students. Form drawing explores shape, size, flow and movement. It can help develop hand eye coordination, spatial skills, and concentration.

Natural History Nature Walk Series

Begins late Sept 2017. Details TBA
Come join us for a stroll down one of our beautiful local trails while you learn about the natural history and ecology of the site and our local area.FREE.

Cheese Making Workshop

October 1, 2017. 10:30am-3pm Cost is $45. Space is limited. To register contcat beth@peacefrog.org
Come learn to make soft cottage chese and a jalepeno farmers cheese. We will discuss the process of cheese making for both soft ane hard cheeses, equipment, sanitation, and get to taste some yummy home made and local cheeses. October 1, 2017. Cost is $50.

Waterbath Canning 101 & Pressure Canning 101  

Will be offer again early October 2017. Inquire for details.

Using permaculture to plan your home garden

Will be offered again February 2018. Inquire for details.


Natural History Science Class  Ages 10+
A Wednesday morning program that will take place at various field sites in the Amherst, Hadley and Sunderland area. 
Fall semester starts Sept 2017
Workshops and Individual Classes
  • Cursive and Form Drawing Class ages 7-10
  • Waterbath Canning 101
  • Pressure Canning 101
  • Cold Process Soap Making
  • Using permaculture to plan your home garden
  • Natural History Nature Walk Series


Tutoring and Small Class instruction
  • Math Grades K-8
  • Language Arts, Spelling, Print and Cursive Handwriting, Grammar, Creative and Technical Writing grades K-8
  • Science Mentoring grades K-8:  Biology, Botany, Zooology, Natural History, Environmental Science