Nikki Thomas

& Emily Bell

Nikki Thomas and Emily Bell

The Schoolyard is run by two kindred spirits Nikki Thomas and Emily Bell! It naturally grew from their love of the outdoors and movement paired with their passion for homeschooling. With backgrounds in exercise and sports science, teaching, physical education, coaching, nursing, and college sports they are building a homeschool community excited about reviving physical culture!

The Schoolyard produces homeschool physical education curriculum with a specialty in the Charlotte Mason Philosophy. Their goal is to give new life to Charlotte Mason’s favorite form of movement, Drill!

2023 Conference

Swedish Drill: Implementing Charlotte Mason’s Favorite Form of Physical Education

Get up and move in this fun workshop where we will teach you how to perform Swedish Drill.

2022 Conference

Reviving Physical Culture in Our Daily Rhythm

Let’s take a deep dive into what physical culture meant to Charlotte Mason and how to create it in our homes. Drill and physical activities use to take up a large portion of a student’s week. Over the decades, family physical culture has been diminished down to either organized sports or free play. All the while, Drills and intentional movement that train the whole child have almost disappeared. It’s time to revive those Drills and reap their benefits! In our workshop, we will show you how easy it is to build up a physical culture in your home by using multiple forms of Drills, especially Swedish Drill! Come and see just how easy it is to add Drill into your daily rhythm.

The Schoolyard produces homeschool physical education curriculum with a specialty in the Charlotte Mason Philosophy. Their goal is to give new life to Charlotte Mason’s favorite form of movement, Drill!

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Swedish Drill

 

Swedish Drill 1 for Beginners is an Open and Go curriculum that enables you to start Swedish Drill on day one! Based off the London 1909 Syllabus of Physical Exercises for Public Elementary Schools, the very exercises Charlotte Mason used for physical education.

Desk Drill

 

Desk Drill is a beautiful form of physical education that has been buried in archived books for way too long! Promoted by Charlotte Mason, it was originally created to be performed as a break between academic subjects to allow children to move their bodies and get fresh air. The original Brain Break!

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