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A Day in the Life

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If you couldn’t tell from the rest of the website, you certainly can from our blog updates that this is not your typical school! Our goal is to provide context to the academics that are traditionally taught in a classroom setting. We usually start our day with academic time that is used for more directed learning, research, and development. Afternoons are spent applying those lessons and ideas to the farm or exploring the world around us. We like to expose our students to a wide range of experiences and opportunities for careers.

As you can see, we get pretty busy, so our blogs may be daily or weekly depending the craziness of the week! Enjoy the experience. If you want to come along for the actual ride, visit our application page.

Week of November 27, 2017

Well, this has been an interesting week. Tuesday morning we discovered we were a go for our very own farm right outside Richmond! Hallelujah! There's lots more to say about that. Look for something in our "Blog Articles and Updates" section in the next few weeks -...

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Week of November 13, 2017

We are blessed to have so many exciting learning opportunities! But, then one doesn't need to look too hard or too far to find things to do in the Richmond area especially as it relates to farm. While it is a city, farming seems to be oozing in from the rural edges,...

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Week of November 6, 2017

This was a short week with the Veteran's Day holiday and not quite as eventful as last week! Students continued their studies of public speaking and TED talks and started making more formal plans for our temporary farm space here in Chester. We spent our farm work...

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Week of October 30, 2017

This has been our busiest off-farm activity so far! This week, the students continued to study TED talks and explore the science and agriculture of coastal plains. But they spent far more time outside working on projects, attending VSU educational farm events and...

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Week of October 23, 2017

Learning is not the product of teaching. Learning is the product of the activity of learners. ~John Holt There has been lots of activity at LoSU this week! In English this week students continued their TED talk unit by watching and discussing Christopher Emdin’s Teach...

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Another busy day to end a busy week!  The day started with students attending Virginia State University's Small Ruminant Field Day. The morning was spent listening to Dr. Steve Hart from Langston University and Dr. Adnan Yusuf from Virginia State University present...

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Moving Day….Sort Of…. Sometimes it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Our lead teacher, Sandy Miller, knows someone associated with HKS Richmond, an architect firm located in RVA. HKS is undergoing an office remodel and they generously donated tables, book...

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

We are beginning to incorporate more of our planned elements to our days. Today, the students began the day with a short walk along a path to the school with our school mascot pup, Castiel. When they arrived for the morning meeting, they were all smiles, refreshed and...

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

What an amazing day!  Our brief morning meeting was followed by English and another TED talk. Today students watched Amy Cuddy’s talk, “Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are”. They learned about “power poses” and how important it is to “Fake it until you become it” in...

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Monday, October 16 Students met first thing this morning to discuss the busy week ahead. Field trips, furniture pick up, farm projects, and student work plans were on the agenda. After our morning meeting students spent time in English watching Julian Treasure’s TED...

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