A Lagom Landing year runs much like a year in college. Students move in the weekend after Labor Day, and move out the weekend after Memorial Day in early June. We have a long holiday break at the end of December through the second week of January and a shorter break in February. We also take some off-campus trips each year.
We organize our September – May schedule into the following units:
UNIT 1: CHANGE
September – November
We begin the year with a week-long orientation, followed by a 10-week course (Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays) on the fundamentals of exterior construction – from excavation and pouring foundations to framing, roofing, and siding. As students learn skills, they will have the opportunity to also serve throughout the year in the homes of those who cannot afford to pay for necessary repairs.
Secondary skills learned (Tuesdays/Thursdays) are harvesting and preserving the harvest of the gardens, and focusing on the theme of CHANGE in our lives as we adjust to a new place and community. We also take a trip to the Adirondacks.
Throughout the entire year, we hold regular evening gatherings exposing students to a wide array of farmers, gardeners, artists, foresters, landscapers, electricians, and community leaders. As relationships develop, students form relationships with these mentors, discovering where their interests lie.
THERE IS A HOLIDAY BREAK FROM THE THIRD WEEK OF DECEMBER TO MID-JANUARY. STUDENTS RETURN TO HOMES AT THIS TIME.
UNIT 3: DORMANCY
For about 10 weeks, we focus on interior construction skills, including trim, doors, stairs, railings, cabinets, and finish plumbing and electric. Secondarily we work on cooking healthy meals, boiling maple sap for syrup, designing an internship, planning a garden, starting seeds, spring cleaning up inside and outside. We also take a service trip during this unit. The theme for this unit is DORMANCY.
UNIT 4: NEW LIFE
Students begin internships in their discovered area(s) of interest, which could range from landscaping to electric, agriculture to animal husbandry, forestry to ceramics … or more focus on construction. Students design internships, working out the number of hours they work, their desired learnings, transportation and living situation (the internships can be off campus). The secondary focus is cooking healthy meals and planting and nurturing early growth in the garden.
UNIT 5: CONTINUING
Last weeks of May
Our year ends with two weeks focusing on the question, “What will it take to put your dream into action?” Students work on budgeting, setting up a routine for themselves that works to motivate them, and closure from a year-long adventure together. Our aim is to help students go from this “transition” or “gap” year into the world, empowered by new skills and new abilities to communicate. We end the year with a celebration with families, mentors, and supporters of Lagom Landing.