Asking Questions

We were climbing around on our favorite downed trees this week. First in the cold and then in the snow. It was such fun to finally have snow to play in! The children found it was a perfect sliding snow, and acted like a group of penguins trying to find the best slides, shooting down on their bellies, bottoms, and backs. They also had great fun following all the fresh tracks that we could find in the snow. "Who do you think this was?" "Look at how close the tracks are." "Was this deer walking or running?" "Where do you think it was going?" "Do you think we can find a fox den?" A rabbit was frightened by all of the joyous questioning and almost flew out of its hiding place and deep into some t

Mixing It Up

It was an odd week of fits and starts. We didn't have school on Monday because of Martin Luther King Day, had early dismissal due to ice on Tuesday, had an ice day on Wednesday, and then lost half of our class to sickness at the end of the week. We still managed to do some learning though, and it was a good excuse to mix up our regular schedule a bit, shifting the timing to best fit the class. We still made sure to have plenty of time for outside play. The milder weather has thawed out the sandbox, and various "chemical mixes" were being made including the key ingredients of water, sand, and magic. Lots of Nancy Okay technically there is still just one Nancy, but we are very lucky to have Na

Grappling with Big Ideas

Who knew there could be so much ice and so much mud all in the same week? Adventure walks and recess centered around sliding on the ice, cracking the ice, gathering armfuls of ice crystals, and trying to break off a huge shelf of ice amidst a thick fog. On that warm day, all the mud came out. Mud to make mysterious chemicals, mud for painting on rocks, and mud to smear on faces. It was a little window into spring. Theme: NYS History We jumped into some big and some smaller ideas about colonial times in New York. We took the shortest field trip ever to the Corallo's living room to watch a movie about the first European explorers, life in the New Netherlands, and the takeover of the British, l

Diving In

It felt so nice to be back at school this last week. After a lovely time away with lots of family and friend time, we could all just slip back into our rhythms of school life. The children wanted to share their adventures with me and each other, but they also seemed eager to sign in, grab their handwriting books, and settle in. I always feel like January and February are some of my best months for really delving into the academic work of school. While we continue to work on the social curriculum, the children are pretty good at solving their own problems. They know my expectations. They know how to clean up the classroom. We can truly dive into some learning! Theme: Schoharie County History

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