Quiet Time at the MCS Farm
There are several “times” scheduled throughout an MCS Farm day. Meal time, class time, free time, chore time, bed time and quiet time. Quiet time takes place in the late afternoon each day after classes, providing children with the opportunity to reflect on their day, read a letter from home, sketch and regroup from the social needs of the day. Some quiet times are spent outside on the front porch, near the stream, the big rock, the bottom of Thyme Hill or inside on their bunk.
This time of day can also be one where homesickness starts to well up. It’s that soft time of the day, where students aren’t physically active but have plenty of time to think. Developmentally, children become more resilient during these times over their many Farm trips. They develop strategies to work within their emotions and also become a “go-to” person for their classmates. Letters from home are a cherished tradition at the Farm for all students from 7-8s to the 8th grade. As our students get older, they may say they’re too old for letters, but when their faces light up upon receiving theirs; we know it’s not true.