Take The Reins Equine Assisted Learning – Fall Farm Programs for Homeschoolers with Special Needs

Take The Reins
3636 Bear Creek Rd. Thompson’s Station, TN

Equine Assisted Learning – Fall Farm Programs
for Homeschoolers w/ special needs or challenges

Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) is a hands-on educational program that uses interactions and developing relationships between students and equines in an environment of learning and self-discovery. The barn and farm environment naturally lends itself as a unique multi-sensory classroom. Best of all…it’s fun!!

What does Take The Reins offer your children with special life challenges?
Our staff includes PATH Intl. dual credentialed professionals with years of experience in teaching social and life skills, academics, working with individuals with special needs and challenges, and partnering with equines.
Our equine team includes well trained horses, ponies, minis and donkeys, each offering their unique attraction and interactions.
Our learning accommodations - We provide a supportive educational environment. Our inclusive teaching strategies support all learning styles. Accommodations and modifications are utilized as needed to promote individual success. The classes include multiple processing opportunities, to insure that the students transfer the skills they learned and practiced with the equines, to their daily social and life situations.
Social Skills – Wednesdays 10 am – 12:00 Runs for 4 weeks starting 9/7
Weekly topics and skill areas include:
·       Reading Body Language
·       Understanding Social Cues
·       Personal Space and Boundaries
·       Teamwork

Life Skills - Thursdays 10 am – 12:00 Runs for 4 weeks starting 10/7            Weekly topics and skill areas include:
·       Making Good Decisions
·       Managing Your Environment - to increase comfort and have success
·       Self- Esteem
·       Leadership Skills
* Families are welcome to use the picnic area to stay and have lunch on the farm.

Both of the above 2 hour programs run for 4 weeks. Total cost of each is $80.

Academics on the Farm (monthly program)
Each month explores an academic subject through life on the farm and interactions with horses, ponies, minis and donkeys. Sample class: History – We will explore how ‘equines” have accompanied mankind throughout history. As we meet the horses and donkeys, ponies and minis at the farm, we will learn how their ancestors helped us hunt for food, fight in wars, provided transportation, and worked our farms. Mules and donkeys labored by our sides in many industries providing power and hauling. Equines even provided us with entertainments and sport. Even the pint size miniature horses had jobs to do. We will cover how horses helped us throughout history and then go back in time to ride in an old pony pulled wagon.
Family Values - Offered during school vacation weeks
This 2 hour program offers safe horse interactions and activities plus fun on the farm for everyone in the family. The program is designed to support and promote the family. Refer to our family program brochure for more information.
·       Recognizing and valuing each other’s strengths and talents
·       Learning to work together and have fun as a family
·       Fostering self-esteem and confidence in everyone
·       Exploring life on the farm and having a great time as a family.
Siblings Forever! - Offered during school vacation weeks
This 1.5 hour program offers siblings the opportunity to work and have fun together, learning that they each have unique strengths and talents that should be celebrated and shared. Refer to our family program brochure for more info.

Group Tailored Programs­
Mix and match any of the above programs and topics to best meet the needs and interests of everyone in your home school group! Upon group request, Christian faith-based components can be added to any of the above programs, to help the children explore & celebrate their values.

About Take The Reins: We are a 501c3 non-profit, PATH Intl. member center located on a peaceful farm at 3636 Bear Creek Rd. in Thompson’s Station, TN. To learn more about Take The Reins, visit our website at: www.TakeTheReinsRidingCenter.com

To learn more about the above Equine-Assisted Learning programs please contact: Susan Lutz at: susanlutz6@gmail.com or (978) 376-8062.

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