Life Skills

Many might argue that Maypole dancing is not a crucial life skill, and I would agree with them. But when we are dancing the Maypole, we need to listen to the music, move together, cooperate (or else possibly end up with a ribbon to the face), and shake off our mistakes. I do think these are all useful life skills, particularly the last one. Whether we are square dancing, freeze dancing, or doing a hand-clapping game, I want all of our children to find the ability to laugh at a mistake and then join right back in. I want them to be able to go to a performance and have some sense of the work that went into it. I want them to be respectful audience members, and I want them to let themselves be

Planning and Spontaneity

Beautiful spring weather had all of our children literally jumping for joy, and rolling and leaping and running. It is such a gift to be able to head outside with only a jacket and not have to deal with the extra process of snow pants, mittens, and hats. We took advantage of the sun (or partial sun) and had math class outside. The children also re-discovered our gardens and started to make those spaces their own. Still others were busy creating not so much a fairy house as a fairy village complete with hot tub and sunning rock. Rachel's PreK Reflections Nature and social-emotional development are the two main focuses of our Early Childhood program at Country Classroom. Research shows that th

Fair, Equal, and the Power of a Group

As a school, our children are frequently grappling with ideas of fairness. As teachers, we do our best to help show them that fair and equal aren't always the same thing. For one child, expecting her to read 30 pages of a chapter book during our "relax and read" time is a fair expectation. For another child, expecting her to read 5 pages in a beginning reader is fair. This example is fairly easy to graph, but we ask our kids to stretch themselves and ask if it's equally easy for everyone to sit quietly on the carpet and listen to a story or solve a problem with a peer. We ask each of child to challenge himself and work in those areas that can be difficult. We've been talking about some of th

Parent Weekly Emails

Each week, Country Classroom Head Teacher Tracy writes an email to our parents. Many of those emails we publish here. 


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