I regularly tell the children how much I love my job, and I have lots of little moments during the day when I feel so very proud of them. There was the moment this week when someone spilled water and instantly three children were there cleaning up with rags without me saying a word. At recess the other day, I watched one very frustrated child walk away from a situation, pace around the playground for a little, and then come back in a better frame of mind to try to solve the p
Back in graduate school one of my favorite professors was always celebrating the "Ah-ha! moment." Anyone who spends a little time around children has experienced this. It's that moment when you see their eyes open wider, a grin jumps to their faces, and they are proclaiming their new understanding. I like to help orchestrate these moments, setting up the materials and experiences that allow children to discover their world. I also really revel in the chance to watch other peo
One of my favorite parts of our school is the chance to work individually with the children. They have the chance to make independent decisions about what they are doing, and I get to have the personal conversations that really let me understand what they are learning and what their next steps might be. Our Theme: Space Our solar system is really start to come together. We have been studying pictures to try to get the colors of our planets just right and using paper mache to
It's been a week of reveling in the mud kitchen, being coyotes/wolves/deer/horses, and starting to get really excited about space. Hopefully we'll get some clear weather soon so the children can get some sightings of the moon to put in their moon journals. Our Theme: Space Thank you for sending in all sorts of great resources for our study of space. The children and I have been enjoying looking at the space books, reading about everything from our sun to black holes. We read
Parent Weekly Emails
Each week, Country Classroom Head Teacher Tracy writes an email to our parents. Many of those emails we publish here.