Small Group Learning

One of my favorite parts about working in our new space is having two teachers for collaborations, conspiring, and creativity. It's fun for me to know that Cheryl and Theresa are busy teaching in other rooms (and outside) while I am working with a small group of students. Much as I believe in multiage education, I love these chances to craft our teaching to a smaller range of ages. But I don't know what they're doing in those other rooms, and I wanted to make sure that parents (and I) got to celebrate their learning. I welcome Theresa and Cheryl's additions to our weekly update - hopefully they will give all of us a better picture of everything happening at our school. Cheryl's Reflections D

Settling In and Looking Around the World

We are settling in and exploring this new space. For many of our children, it's novel to have this big piece of pavement to play on. Drawing with sidewalk chalk, riding scooters and trikes, and bouncing balls are new favorite recess activities. We have also been starting to explore the woods around our school, following deer paths and collecting lots of feathers. The children have found a few favored forts and fairy houses. We discovered one of our pears deep in the woods and had an interesting conversation about who all might have eaten it. Silvery slug trails were evident, but clearly a slug couldn't have carried it that far, right? The children had lots of suggestions for solving this mys

Creating Community

I'll admit that in the days leading up to the first day of school my typical case of nerves was brewing in my belly. How do we make sure our returning students welcome our new students? How do we keep children spanning so many ages engaged in meaningful work? Where are my children (the second and third graders) going to do their math work when we don't have tables or chairs?! The first day arrived. This rush of child energy filled all the empty spaces in the school, and I settled into the rhythms of the day. The questions I asked are answered in part. We spend lots of time nurturing community and help our returning students see themselves as mentors in kindness. We set up opportunities for l

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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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