HEARTS at Plumfield:

Home Education Advocates Resources Training and Support

A Charlotte Mason Education emphasizes the Creative Arts, Music and Nature Study to educate the “Whole Hearted Child”. Plumfield Academy is pleased to offer a selection of dynamic, hands-on workshops and summer programs, open to local families. Current programs and enrollment information are listed below. 

For questions or more information, please contact Beth Cook, HEARTS Coordinator



HEARTS Fall Programs 2022

Dear Parents,

We hope you had a wonderful summer! Plumfield Academy is pleased to offer the following afternoon enrichment offerings:

  • This year we are expanding our offerings to include workshops for middle school aged children. 
  • All classes will be held at Plumfield Academy in Danvers, MA.
  • Tuition will be collected at the first class, check or cash. Thank you. 
  • For questions or concerns, please email hearts@plumfieldacademy.org or call Beth at 978-468-6006. 


Registration is first come, first served




NATURE STUDY  – Discover the Wonders of Autumn

with Kathy Dunfee

Grades 1-4       $60

Tuesdays 1:00-2:00       September 27, October 4, 11, 18

Discover the wonder and beauty of Autumn as we explore life giving herbs, wow over wildflowers, watch monarchs and foliage miraculously transform,  discover bugs to behold, those to beware of and more. We’ll try our hand at beeswax candle making, composing poetry* and capturing nature’s beauty in artwork.  Each week we’ll experience the sights, scents, and sounds of autumn. Combining nature, story, music, and art offers a gateway to enchantment while laying a foundation for science.


*Autumn winds delight in the game of touching each leaf to call it by name:  Ruby, topaz, amber, gold. The forest’s aflame, with beauty untold………


ART ENRICHMENT for Primary Grades

with Courtney Reid

Grades 1-4       $90

Tuesdays 3:00-4:00       September 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1

This six week workshop is designed to enhance your knowledge of the basic foundations and principles of art and design. We will apply what we learn to creating our very own masterpieces!



with Brianna Deloury

Grades 1-4       $60

Mondays 3:00-4:00         September 26, October 3, 17, 24

An opportunity to get your child’s body moving with fun-filled outdoor activities to keep your child physically stimulated with friends. We will start each day with individual calisthenics stretches including pigeon, superman, spiderman, high knees, butt kicks, burpees and more to get your child’s body moving and warm for our whole group games. Obstacle courses, fun ladder jumps, relay races and team building games are a few of the fun activities we’ll do during our time together. 


BOOKS ALIVE! Session 1

with Mary Yetts

Grades 1-4       $60

Wednesdays 3:15-4:15       September 28, October 5, 12, 19

Picture books come to life as we discover beautiful stories together. We will listen to a special children’s book and bring the story to life with activities, crafts, and outdoor fun based on themes from the book.



with Beth Cook

Grades 5-8       $75

Wednesdays 3:00-4:00       September 28, October 5, 12, 19, 26

Learn the basic stitches and techniques, including how to follow a simple pattern and use a sewing machine. We will make several projects together, gain confidence and skills, and have fun!


NATURE CREATIONS – Making Art in Nature

With Alton Frabetti

Grades 1-4        $60

Tuesdays 3:00-4:00       October 18, 25, November 1, 8

Inspired by the work of artist Andrew Goldsworthy, we will work together to create unique aesthetic creations using natural materials found on-site. Students will engage with natural forms and objects and explore principles of harmony and beauty while working as a group to make our own outdoor art installments.


BOOKS ALIVE! Session 2

with Mary Yetts

Grades 1-4      $60

Wednesdays 3:15-4:15       November 2, 9, 16, 30

Picture books come to life as we discover beautiful stories together. We will listen to a special children’s book together and bring the story to life with activities, crafts, and outdoor fun based on themes from the book.



With Courtney Reid

Grades 5-8       $90

Tuesdays 3:00-4:00       November 1, 8, 15, 29, December 6, 13

Join artist Courtney Reid for an introduction to the world of oil painting. We will use water soluble oil paints which are both user friendly and non toxic. Covering the basic techniques of oil painting from brush strokes, to mixing, to applying paint to canvas.



with Brianna Deloury

Grades 5-8         $180

Wednesdays and Thursdays 3:00-4:00        November 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 30, December 1, 7, 8, 14, 15

I’m here to share my love for C.S. Lewis and his incredible mind and love for adventure. One of C.S. Lewis’ most popular and purchased series is his Narnia Series following the lives of various children who play a central role in the unfolding of the Narnian world. The series is set in a fictional realm of a fantasy world with mythical beasts and magic all around. It’s a series with truth hidden behind every story and so much depth incorporated in the relationships and characters motives. 

We will take time studying one of his books in the Narnia series, reading it aloud together with the book on tape leading us, and finish the study with an acting out, presentation board, or oral presentation of a scene based on a moral truth in the story. Each student will have the opportunity to pick one of the three and be given allotted time to work on it in class with me and other students. 



with Beth Cook

Grades 1-4       $60

Thursdays 3:00-4:00       November 10, 17, December 1, 8

Learn to sew for little hands. Beginning with felt and embroidery thread, we will learn and practice the basic stitches and techniques of sewing by hand. Children will make their own creations to keep or give as gifts.