Throughout our day we do our best to make sure that the children's work has context and that it feels real and relevant to them (even when we are traveling in our imaginations). They learn those high frequency sight words by reading them in morning letters and books. We try to place them in history with an awareness of some of what came before (Gandhi's work in India) to understand what they are studying now (US Civil Right's Movement). They read and sing and craft spaghetti.
Change is coming, oh yeah! Everyone has eagerly been noticing signs of spring around the school from melting snow to our first red-wing blackbird call. Mud season is upon us, and oh, the lovely mud is working its siren call on many a child. Even those children who don't want to squish it through their toes and fingers are ready for this seasonal change. The elementary age students have been thinking about changes on a different scale as they study the Civil Rights movement. R
"This felt like the shortest week ever," reflected one child at the end of this week. From the teacher perspective, I can't quite agree with that statement, but it was certainly lots of fun. We were truly immersed in our play - practicing lines, creating props, sewing costumes, making masks, and exploring motivation while eating chocolate chip cookies. Everything else was temporarily put on hold while we put our all into getting ready. The children were proud of the result, a
Earlier this week, I was watching a group of children frolicking in the snow like otters while another pretended to be hunting and gathering (as inspired by our study of the Haudenosaunee). We were taking a break after working hard on our mask design process with Leyla and learning about woodworking from Angela. The sun felt warm on my face, the children were solving their problems, and I felt awed that this was my job. Weeks like this can feel a bit hectic with special guest
Parent Weekly Emails
Each week, Country Classroom Head Teacher Tracy writes an email to our parents. Many of those emails we publish here.