2011 Teachers Training Course: Folk Arts for the Classroom

Daily Schedule

7:45-8:30 Breakfast
9:00-9:55 Kid and Adult classes
10:05-11:00 Kid and Adult classes
11:05 Refreshments
11:15-12:00 Morning Gathering: songs, dances, show & tell
12:00-12:30 Bookstore staffed
12:30-1:00 Buffet Lunch Served
1:00-1:30 Bookstore staffed
1:30-2:25 Mixed age Classes
2:35-4:35 2-Hour Swim Block All ages, 9 & under/parent
2:35-3:30 Mixed age Classes
3:35-3:45 Afternoon Snack
3:35-4:45 Bookstore staffed
4:55-5:30 Stories
5:50 Dinner
7:15 Community Dance
7:45-8:30 Evening Gathering
8:15 Pied Piper/Bedtime for children 9 & younger
8:30-10:45 Evening Dance Party
9:30 Bedtime for 10-12 year olds
11:00 After-dance Activities

July 30 - August 6, 2011

Held during Family Week at Ogontz.

Is there still room?
For up-to-date info about availability and wait lists,
see our Program Weeks page.

Program Director

The course is led by Jane Miller, an elementary school teacher for 25 years and the founder and director of Price Farm School in Antrim, N.H. She has a Doctorate in Education and is a core faculty member in the education department at Antioch University New England.

Program Description

This is a chance for teachers to attend a week-long folk camp for people of all ages. You will observe and participate while master folklorists teach groups of children traditional dances, songs, crafts, stories and rituals. You will participate in these folk traditions at an adult level yourself and "collect" by audio-recording, interviewing, note taking and experiencing traditional activities. We will meet daily in a Teacher Seminar led by Jane Miller to reflect on your observations and experiences and to share newly-collected activities.

Matriculated Antioch students receive course credit for this course. Graduate credit is also available to others via Antioch University New England Continuing Education. This Course (called "Folk Arts for the Classroom" in the Antioch catalog) is available for one Master's level graduate credit through Antioch University New England Continuing Education. Master's courses require a baccalaureate degree for admission. Application/registration information is available at the Antioch University New England website http://www.antiochne.edu/academics/ce.cfm. Summer course registration begins in mid May and extends to two weeks prior to the course beginning. Antioch tuition of $400 is due to Antioch with the registration form. This is in addition to the fees due CDSS. All who participate fully will be awarded a certificate (40 credit hours) at the end of the course.

Course requirements will be described in the syllabus which will be dispensed at Ogontz. The requirements are:

  • Participation in at least three Ogontz Camp Family Week class sessions each day
  • Participation in the teacher seminar each day, including sharing of materials and reflection on the process of collecting
  • Demonstration of learning by sharing at least one newly learned activity with the camp group or the seminar group
  • Development of a "collection" either in a journal, on a CD, audio tape or other format to be submitted to instructor at the week's end

-- Jane Miller, Program Director

Please check the description of Family Week at Ogontz for details on the rich and varied program and staff.

Class Descriptions

Morning by Age Classes (9:00 and 10:00)

The children are divided into classes by age (2-4, 5-7, 8-9, 10-12). Course participants will join the class teachers and students to work with traditional material.

Early afternoon classes (1:30)These are mixed-age classes

Pick the topic of your interest!

Teachers Seminar -- Jane Miller (3:50)

This will be our daily chance to discuss what we have observed and to try some of the material ourselves.


This course is limited to eight to ensure ample opportunity for active participation. If it is oversubscribed on March 21, there will be a lottery, in which case preference will be given to Antioch University New England graduate students. All who participate fully will be awarded a certificate at the end of the course. Please clearly indicate if you would like to attend Family Week at Ogontz if you do not get into this course. Scholarships are available.