Hands On!

"Hands on learning" is one of those key phrases that pop up in everything from school brochures to curricula. I love the way the words describe the activity so accurately. Our children have their hands all over their learning as they build, construct, design, tinker, write, draw, and repeat. When they reflect on what they have done, they own it because it came from their hands, and their joy is evident. Theresa's Reflections The Young Engineers Club was really busy constructing mock gingerbread houses this week. The K/1 math group experimented over two days, and the 2/3 math group joined in for the second day. We talked about right angles, equilateral triangles, squares and cubes. Like any g

Slipping into Winter

We are that time of year where everyone is truly settling in. The children are grounded in their routines, and we are digging deeply into some real learning. It is a joy to watch them at work and play though the line we draw between those two words is rarely in evidence. They spend their free choice time writing on the white board and making books, quizzing each other with clocks, and drawing numbers in sand. They are reading together, reading aloud to each other, and reading all around the school. Cheryl's Reflections Although the first day of Winter is not here yet, as a teacher I get excited when December comes. Out with the leaves and in with the evergreens. We changed the month on our

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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