Tapping Into Our Community

"Tracy that was so much fun! Can we do it again next year?" Our very enthusiastic marchers and singers were thrilled to be part of this year's Memorial Day parade in Schoharie. We talked about it at Friday's community meeting, and they had all sorts of ideas to make next year's parade even better. "I felt a lot of joy singing De Colores!" "I can't believe we got to do that. It was like a dream." Meanwhile I felt so lucky to have the support of our families through the hour plus wait for the parade to start and as we took to Main Street. I could relax and have some fun thanks to their willingness to help pass out plants, keep the children hydrated, and make sure our group stayed together. Che

Pulling Together the Threads

We're at that time of year when we're pulling all the threads together. We have a month of school left. It's the perfect time to reflect on what we have done and what we still want to accomplish before we slip into our summer. All of our parents came in for student-led conferences. They listened, watched, and asked questions as their children shared. We spent much of this last week collecting samples of the children's work, sorting through it all to find favorites, reflecting on ourselves as learners, and developing goals for future learning. Active reflection is such a huge part of my work as a teacher, and it warmed my heart to watch these children engage in this same process. Besides obvi

Learning on the Road

"This week is all special!" Nasty weather had us rescheduling some field trips, and we ended up with two this week. Our usual rhythms and patterns went out the window as learned about off grid living and history. The children reveled in this chance to learn in a different place. They brought their usual curiosity, observations, and questions to each Cheryl's PreK Reflections Hooray for field trips and learning away from school this week: enriching what we have been learning through hands-on opportunities, exposing us to our community and past, creating new curiosities, and strengthening our bonds to carry us into more learning to come. In honor of the dandelions being scooped up into bouquet

Bringing Plans to Life

The children found a piece of hose this week during recess. The hose was attached to a nearby tree, buried under the sand, and then they brought water from our little stream. They modified their design over a series of days, making the hose come out near the base of the sandbox, and then adding bridges, different paths for the water, and a "chocolate milk maker." Different children migrated in and out of the play, and there were some heated discussions about where the water should really go. Again and again they had these "Wow!" moments as the water brought their designs to life. Cheryl's PreK Reflections A Time to Keep is a Tasha Tudor book that took our youngest literacy learners into a be

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