Our children were vibrating with excitement for much of this week building up to our party at the end of the week. We took that energy outside for math class, let the children work industriously to make decorations (and a quilt), and enjoyed the release of singing and dancing. I love that our children are so excited about learning EVERYTHING! From animals to people in other parts of the world, they want to know more. They ask questions, look for answers, ask more questions, a
One of our families donated the logs, sand, and time to make a beautiful sandbox for our school, and the children have been eagerly digging, creating, and mud making in it. But some of the original load spilled outside of the box made by the logs. This spilled bit hosted a fairy house, a city, and a monster truck race track this week. I asked some of the children about why they were building there, and they told me that the sand "feels different. It's different when you have
Math Lab Hello dear parents, Theresa is writing to you, today. I have taken over the parent letter this week because I have to tell you about the math lab we are about to launch. As a teacher of older children, I was annoyed at children arriving to middle school without a thorough grasp of times tables and their basic arithmetic facts. It has become my personal mission to be sure that our students are fluent skip-counters and agile number crunchers well before they are 10. I
We are in the rhythm of the year. The children know when they come in to hang up their backpacks, sign in, and get to their morning work. They settle into circle time, snack, or math with little fuss. Having a predictable schedule is reassuring to all of us and the transitions from one activity to the next are, if not seamless, smooth. Now that we have the routines in place, it's easier to break from them. When we headed to the pumpkin patch this week, I was proud of how easi
Children are amazing. If you watch them closely, you know this to be true. They do argue, and they can be mean, and I am not suggesting that we just leave them entirely to their own devices. But with a little patience, the occasional re-direction, and support at some key moments, they can be magical. Fall Party On Friday last week, we talked about the Autumnal Equinox, the shortening of the day's light and how the tilt of the earth's axis as it makes its way around the sun ca
Parent Weekly Emails
Each week, Country Classroom Head Teacher Tracy writes an email to our parents. Many of those emails we publish here.