A bridge over the waterfall connects the play yard to the mill building. Students cross the bridge at the beginning and end of each school day.
We gather here to eat snack and lunch. This is also a space for children to work in small groups.
The red rug is where the class gathers in a circle for class meetings and group games.
The Mill School provides cozy, comfortable spaces for the children to read and work.
The older children sit at these two back tables to do their seated work.
Each day the children are given time to read. Choosing books is an important part of our reading curriculum.
The younger children sit at these tables for their seated work.
The Kitchen Table
This is another space we use for snack and lunch. We also use the kitchen for Art Class on Tuesday as well as group work and cooking projects.
The mud room
Each day the children take off their boots and hang their things here in the mudroom.
Crossing the Bridge
Daily crossings of the bridge lead us to many observations of the mill pond and falls. We see wildlife such as muskrats, bald eagles, turtles, ducks, geese, and fish.
The mill is now powered by hydropower from the waterfall.
The Play Structure
The children often play on the outdoor equipment, including this sturcture, the swings, a zip line, an outdoor loom, and a balance beam. They also use materials from the woods for creative play and building stuctures of their own.
Each day the students are given ample time to play outdoors.
The Play Yard
Students gather each morning and afternoon at the stump circle. The shelter houses wood for the outdoor fire, shovels, sleds, and other outdoor play materials.
The Mill at Freedom Falls
The grist mill, originally built in 1834, was completely renovated in 2013 and now houses a school, a restaurant, and a complete hydropower system that powers the building.