Sugaring with Friends

March seems to be showing off both its "lamb" and "lion" sides. This week I had children asking me if they really had to wear snow pants. Then we got hit by a blizzard. When we have had school, the children caught snowflakes on their mittens, cracked the ice in the creek, and noticed how the mud had frozen. We have on-going conversations about why certain parts of the creek freeze first like around the rocks and near the edges. I love watching them develop their understanding of the water's motion through these observations. Focus on Friends We are at that magic time of year when all of the children know each other so very well. When one child was sad to be leaving school early on Friday, he

Ongoing Efforts

We finally had a whole week without snow days, ice delays, mass sickness, or holidays. It was great to be able to get in the groove. I am often quietly amazed at this point in the year. How can it be that what had started as a class of squeaking recorders can now pop out "Hot Cross Buns" or "Mary Had a Little Lamb" with clear skill? When did they figure out enough Spanish to understand as Theresa does her whole morning circle in that language? How can it be that the child sitting next to me is reading a book with fluency and expression that would have been completely beyond her in September? Learning is sometimes dramatic and flashy, but more often it comes from ongoing effort, a steady rhyt

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


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