The Renaissance School at Shelburne Farms

The Renaissance School at Shelburne Farms is located on the lower level of the Farm Barn, between the cheesemaking facility and the Beeken Parsons studio.  The school enjoys direct access to the upper parking lot as well as the courtyard of the Farm Barn.  We make full use of the wonderful Shelburne Farms setting to create a memorable school experience. Renaissance students are part of the Shelburne Farms community, participating in farm chores and learning from and with the animals and natural beauty that surrounds them. Our playground is located in the surrounding fields and trees that the children affectionately refer to as the “enchanted forest.”  Our legacy is that our students leave our school with a sense of place in the natural environment and an understanding of how agriculture and forestry contribute to our common life together.  For more detailed information on the school curriculum, please read on.

A Renaissance Kindergarten Literacy Overview:

  • Letters and Sounds
  • Sentence Formation
  • Vowels, Blends, and Digraphs
  • The Elements of a Story
  • Story Writing
  • Letter Writing
  • Word Families
  • Sight Words
  • Handwriting
  • Lots of READING
  • Alphabetical Order
  • Parts of Speech: Nouns
  • Spelling
  • Read Aloud

A Renaissance First Grade Mathematics Overview:

  • Number sense
  • Greater than/less than
  • Number sentences
  • Addition/subtraction
  • Doubles
  • Fact families
  • Ordinal numbers
  • Numbers to 100
  • Place value
  • Skip counting by twos, fives, and tens
  • Word problems, key words
  • Problem solving
  • Measurement
  • Telling time
  • Money
  • Geometry
  • Graphing
  • Fractions
  • Beginning multiplication concepts

A Renaissance Second Grade Science Overview:

  • Habitats, anatomy, food, and traits of mammals, insects, reptiles, amphibians, birds, fish, and the human body
  • Electrical currents
  • Gravity
  • Quarks, Atoms, and Molecules
  • Chemical and Physical Reactions
  • Surface tension
  • Layers of the earth
  • Earth’s rotation, axis, tilt, and magnetic poles
  • Crystal formation

A Renaissance Third & Fourth Grade Social Studies Overview:

Westward Expansion

  • Early North American Explorers
  • Louisiana Purchase & Lewis and Clark
  • Pioneer Life
  • Wagon Trains
  • Oregon Trail
  • Gold Rush
  • Hacker Trail simulation

How We Govern

  • Declaration of Independence
  • Constitution
  • Bill of Rights
  • How a bill becomes a law
  • Branches of Government
  • Voting and elections
  • Town Hall

Vermont History

  • Vermont counties
  • Famous Vermonters
  • Vermont topography
  • Geography
  • Map Skills
  • States and capitals
  • State Reports
  • United States

A Renaissance Fourth Grade Farm Education Overview:

  • What does living off the land mean to you?
  • Building Shelters in the Woods
  • Friction Fires
  • Making Candles and Spinning Wool
  • Maple Syrup Production: Past and Present
  • Farming and Agriculture

A Renaissance Fifth Grade Social Studies Overview:

World History & Ancient Civilizations

  • Ancient China and the Han Dynasty
  • Indus River Valley and Iron Age India
  • Ancient America and the Inca, Mayan and Aztec Cultures
  • History of Australia and Oceania
  • History of Pre-Colonial Africa
  • Bronze Age Mesopotamia and the Persians
  • Ancient Egypt and the Pharaohs
  • Ancient Greece
  • Rise and Fall of Ancient Rome
  • Ancient Celts and the Rise of the Vikings
  • The Dark Ages & the Medieval Era