Ending a Year

It's never an easy thing for me when a year ends. There are always a few more projects I hoped to squeeze in, and a skill or two I wanted to spend more time on. I know that a few students are moving on, and each moment with them feels extra important. All the children write careful appreciations of each other, recognizing the strengths and talents of their friends Rachel's PreK Reflections What a great last full week of school! In preschool, we used the opportunity to explore, create, question, and play. Our students finished their Father’s Day projects, which were green handprints that got turned into trees. Their pictures were coupled with an interview about their dads or grandpas, which a

Bringing Butterflies to Middleburgh

Country Classroom's students are working with Bill Morton to make sure that butterflies and hummingbirds have all the flowers they need this summer. The children started seeds weeks ago at their Middleburgh-based independent school. Careful thinning, daily watering, and weeding insured six large trays of healthy seedlings were ready to be planted. After some instructions from Mr. Morton, eager hands plunged into the soil, dug out holes, and gently transplanted the seedlings. The children looked back at their work with pride. "I can't wait to watch them grow over the summer! It's okay for us to visit them, right?" asked one gardener. Mr. Morton assured them they could come back whenever they

The Home Stretch

It's that time of year when we are doing final assessments of all the children and writing narrative reports for each child. Do they know their letter sounds? What are they reading? How is their comprehension? What math facts do they know automatically? Can they translate a word problem into an equation? Of course all of this looks different depending on whether we're assessing a 3 year old (games and baskets of fun cards) or a 9 year old (a combination of observation, work samples, and more standard assessments). We tell our kids that assessments are here to help us shape our teaching and make decisions about what concepts we need to spend more time on. It gives us a chance to reflect on ou

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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