Celebrations

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. Everyone takes the time to write and deliver cards for all of the other children. Finally, we spent some time this month looking at the 4th of July and learning why we celebrate that holiday. Valentine's Day Valentine's Day

Nurturing Nuance

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 forgive themselves and their friends for wrongs are all part of nurturing nuance in their lives. Cheryl's PreK Though we are finishing our five senses (what does Winter sound like - quiet or loud?) we will be continuing

Finding Our Voices

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 audience, sending their peers into fits of giggles, and the applause at the end was heartfelt. It was great microcosm of our learning - the problem solving, the collaboration, and the satisfaction of a job well done. Che

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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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