Feeling Thankful

I know that as adults we can have mixed feelings about the first snowfall, but in the eyes of the class, snow is nothing short of magic. They laugh, spin, flop, and revel in it. We throw snowballs at each other. They shovel pathways around the playground. We also take the time to examine snowflakes close up, discover frozen ice crystals in the sandbox, and describe our observations. I feel thankful for all of our families for outfitting the children to handle spending all of this time outside in the cold. Stone Soup, Turkeys, and Counting Our Blessings Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, and we pulled out a few of my favorite Thanksgiving books in the past few weeks. I also told the

The Magic of Yes

The Magic of Yes “Can we do a sewing project?” “Sure.” Theresa had children giving up prized items as collateral for needles as they embarked on a wide variety of sewing projects. Each child had a vision, and she did her best to support them in their vision. We try to say, “Yes!” when the children ask if we can sing a special song or try an experiment with mud or play checkers or make the longest pattern possible out of locking cubes. I ask children, "How could we do that? What materials do you think we need?" They make a plan, modify it as the project unfolds, and I help from the wings. There are times when we say, “No.” because we are in the middle of another project, but as often as possi

Conferences, Stories, and Space

As I start to prepare for our November Parent-Teacher conferences, I have a chance to reflect on each individual in our class. I think about how a child's understanding of numbers and letters is developing, and I also consider how each child communicates with peers, organizes materials, participates in discussions, and contributes to our classroom community. I like the chance to really reflect on the progress that is being made and figure out some goals for the children. Those goals then shape my planning as we move into the next part of the year. Writing Every morning as I am writing our message the children help me to figure out what I am writing. They offer the letter (or letters) that I

Parent Weekly Emails

Each week, Country Classroom Head Teacher Tracy writes an email to our parents. Many of those emails we publish here. 


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