All of our educators have degrees in early childhood education. We believe in play based education. Our studies are focused on STEAM based activities of our native species of both the plant and animal kingdom, animal husbandry, social emotional well being and environmental stewardship.
At the core of our programming we promote social emotional intelligence as the platform for which all other learning builds. We have several different programs on the farm from our Monday Farm School and Fridays on the Farm to Farm School Summer Programs. We incorporate different age groups, seasons, themes and entire families into our specialized learning.
To create a safe place where children can explore learning at their pace, take risks, connect with each other, the animals and the environment, play, to become healthy community members.
Frank was the heart of StoneLedge Stables since 2016. Frank came to us through a StoneLedge Family. He had been rescued in 2006 and spent many happy years on their farm as a part of their family. Frank and Sandy had an instant connection when they met and she knew right away that he was the guy she had been looking for to help her work with the children on the farm. A great partnership was born and Frank moved to Norwich VT to take on his new and most important job. A job that he loved every day working with the StoneLedge children.
Frank welcomed many families, little people and animals to StoneLedge Stables. He was our animal ambassador and social emotional well being facilitator. He had calm and stable presence that lent it self and it's strength to those that were unsure of his size or their own size.
Through Frank so many children have learned animal husbandry, lessons in riding, boosted their confidence, gained a best friend, and whispered their secrets into his mane. Through Frank many adults have watched their shy children smile, their timid children break free and their reserved children let go. Frank has given us all so many gifts.
Sadly Frank passed away peacefully on December 2, 2019. He was quite old and tired. He did not feel well anymore and he was ready to be at peace. We miss Frank immensely and we are ever so grateful for the moments we have left with our gentle giant.
We have set up the Friends of Frank Fund as a way to memorialize our Frank and to care for his farm friends both animal and student through the donations of those that loved him. If you would like to make a donation in Frank's memory please click on the link above. All monies collected through the FOFF will be used for animal care and scholarships on the farm just as Frank would want.