Category: The Farm

Make a Nature Journal!

When physical distancing is keeping you at home and away from other humans, consider making a nature journal. Since we were planning on making nature journals with some groups at the farm in the future, we wanted to get some practice in…and now is a perfect time! After all, being outside in nature is one Read More »

Our Farm Truck

We have new signs for ThorpeWood’s farm truck! As we spend the winter months driving around Frederick County visiting all of our Head Start friends, we wanted to make our work a little more visible. So, to do this, we ordered new signs for our farm truck which read “Stoney Lick Farm at ThorpeWood” around Read More »

Head Start Visits – Round Two!

Our February has been filled with our second round of visits to all thirteen of our Head Start classrooms. We began each day with our story, Fandi Needs a Doctor (read here), before jumping into our three farm centers set up around the classroom. First up, we had our obstacle course. Made up of tunnels Read More »

Farm Story: Fandi Needs a Doctor

At our farm, we hope to teach our preschool ‘friends’ empathy for our animals. A great part of that is showing how very similar we are to animals, and vice versa. We do this in our everyday interactions with our animals as we mention that the puppy might be feeling nervous about so many people Read More »

The Adventures of Flat Fandi (Part I)

Just as many elementary school classes create a ‘Flat Stanley’ to travel around on family vacations and in the mail to students’ relatives, our farm has ‘Flat Fandi.’ He is the two-dimensional version of one of our favorite horses, Fandi, who will now, in his new form, be a permanent resident in each of the Read More »

Farm Story: Count Around the Farm

Count Around the Farm is one of our classic stories that we bring to Head Start classrooms during our winter visits. This story not only helps our preschool ‘friends’ to remember our farm animals and our property, but it also is a counting exercise. The ‘friends’ shout out the next number before we turn every Read More »

Letters to Head Start

It’s been far too long since we last saw our Head Start friends at the farm, so we farm folk have done two things to remedy this: We arranged our thirty-nine winter visits to the classrooms – three visits for each of thirteen classes! We are so ready to spend our January, February and March Read More »

Sasquatch on Catoctin Mountain!

Our newest creature on the farm is the elusive sasquatch! He has been seen lurking near the barn, at the base of the ‘Pine Cathedral,’ where a great many of ThorpeWood’s events take place. Though suspiciously immobile whenever we lay eyes on him, he still scares all of us pretty well a few times each Read More »