Heads, Hands, and Hearts

When people ask me to tell them about our school, I like to tell them that we educate the whole child. We want our children to be critical thinkers, able readers, and strong mathematicians. We also want them to be honest communicators, good friends, and emotionally resilient. We want them to know how to change a tire, throw a ball, and bake a loaf of bread. I love that all of our teachers take the time to support a wide range of skills in our children and that we have the freedom of not having to prepare them for standardized tests. We do place value on tests, but we place a greater value on preparing them for life, and we hope the skills they are building will carry them into a happy adulth

Owning Our Learning

I love watching our children revel in the snow. They build all sorts of creations, throw snowballs, slide on their bellies, and roll around. Somehow the combination of layers of outside gear and a slightly softer ground allows them to throw themselves around with abandon while not getting hurt. This week we spent a good bit of time negotiating sledding on our back hill. There were a few ground rules for safety that the teachers established, but then the children discovered a range of concerns. It's fun to grab onto the back of someone's sled except maybe not as fun for the person on the sled. How many children can fit on one sled? We used our community meeting time to let the children share

Asking Questions

"Why is it so warm today? Why does the water in clouds form snow sometimes but frozen rain others? Why would someone make you sit in the back of the bus when you have brown skin? What's the story these tracks are telling us? Does sharing get easier?" These are a few of the questions I heard children ask this week. I welcome the questions. The children grapple with big ideas and little ideas, and we seek out answers. Sometimes friends have answers, but sometimes the answers are different. Sometimes we look in books or online for answers. Sometimes we use close observation to try to figure out what's going on. All of this asking leads to some pretty incredible learning. Cheryl's Reflections on

Powering On

Ack the cold! This last week was the nose hair freezing sort of cold that makes me want to curl up for the whole day under a quilt with a good book and a cup of tea. We did have some very cozy reading time and found some sun beams to bask in. But we also went outside. The children piled on the layers, including scarves, to make sure we had all our skin covered, and we headed outside. To watch them pile into the snow and roll around like otters, I knew that it was worth it. This is why we go outside in all weathers. Their joy was infectious, and I may have found myself rolling rapidly down a hill in a fit of giggles. Cheryl's Reflections It is cold outside but we bundle up and enjoy being out

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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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