February is a month of celebration at Country Classroom! We have a whole gaggle of birthdays. For each one, we sit down in our community circle and think of a special wish for the birthday child. Everyone whispers or thinks the wish into a little stone or shell that is passed around the group. The ritual is carefully followed and honored. Celebrating Valentine's Day this week brought our classroom community closer as well, and again we have traditions that are maintained. Eve
The world for children is often pretty black and white, and it's a way that they can gain some security. Bad guys are punished. Good guys live happily ever after. One of my roles as an adult in their lives is to help them realize that most of us live in a world of grays. Yes, we may try to be our best selves, but we fail and make mistakes all the time. Introducing these ideas into their free play, offering them glances at the complexities of history, and helping them to both
We added a puppet theater to our community room this week, and the excitement was palpable. Immediately lots of children wanted to perform. With a little discussion and negotiation, some went off to rehearse their shows while a few started performances. Other children took on the crucial role of being a good audience. The storytellers tapped into some of their lessons from Nancy, and worked to create a problem and then solve it. Their performances were well crafted to their
Parent Weekly Emails
Each week, Country Classroom Head Teacher Tracy writes an email to our parents. Many of those emails we publish here.