Our Teaching Style

Our goal at Pumpkin Creek Academy is to create lifelong learners who are excited about the world around them.  Our curriculum is Charlotte Mason and Montessori inspired.  Although our enrichment program is not academic -  the children will learn life skills, art, nature study, and manners.

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Pumpkin Creek Academy is located at our 12 acre hobby farm in Stanfield, North Carolina. (12 miles from the Mint Hill Exit #44 off I-485)

Wildlife, chickens, a donkey and a sheep live on the property, and the land is peppered with persimmon and hickory nut trees.  We harvest the fruit and nuts from our land every fall and make delicious cookies from them!

Pumpkin Creek (for which the Academy is named) is a tiny branch that runs near our property.  In the spring, the banks of the creek are covered with mosses and daffodils, making it look like a fairy tale forest.

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Our Philosophy

The British educator, Charlotte Mason said that education was about more than training for a job, passing an exam, or getting into the right college. She said education was an atmosphere, a discipline, and a life; it was about finding out who we were and how we fit into the world of human beings and into the universe God created.

Children learn best by hands on experience;  in educating our own children, we found that short lessons, reading aloud from living books and plenty of fresh air and dirt made for beautiful learning and a happy childhood.


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On the fence?  Schedule a visit and we will give you a tour!

Classes are held Tuesday and Thursday, 9 am-noon.

A light lunch will be served and the children will be able to participate in the preparation of the meal by tossing the salad, setting the table, folding napkins, and other age-appropriate activities.

Fall enrichment classes begin September 4th and end December 13th

Field Of Study For Our 2018 Enrichment Program: 

September 4th and 6th: Planting a winter garden.

September 11th and 13th: Proper care and feeding of animals.

September 18th and 20th: Zip line men and rocket ships.

September 25th and 27th: Breadbaking

October 2nd and 4th: Handcrafted Soap

October 9th and 11th:  Batteries

October 16th and 18th: Making Homemade Jam

October 23rd and 25th: Solar Powered Truck

October 30th and Nov 1st: Sheep Shearing & Wool Processing

Nov 6th and Nov 8th: Harvesting Persimmons & Hickory Nuts

Nov 13th and Nov 15th: Martinmas and Candlemaking

Week of November 19th: No Classes Thanksgiving Holiday

Nov 27th and Nov 29th: Native Americans

Dec 4th and Dec 6th: Puppet making

Dec 11th and Dec 13th: Gingerbread

December 18th and 20th: Christmas Celebration


Click here for the 2019 Activity Schedule



Registration is open now!

We keep our classes very small with a ratio of  two students per teacher.  Currently, we have openings for 4 children ages 3 to 6 years.

Please fill out, sign and return registration before making payment.

Registration/supply fee of $50 per child and first month’s tuition ($270 per month) is due upon enrollment to reserve your child’s spot. 

  All Payments are non-refundable.