Unfolding

We had one of those lovely moments this week where Theresa encourages me to throw my carefully planned schedule out the window in favor of letting the learning settle a little deeper. All of the third through fifth graders were immersed in making their "boxes." They were drilling, nailing, measuring, assembling, and re-assembling as necessary. They were helping each other out. They wanted to finish, and why on earth would we stop them. The younger elementary students meanwhile created a chair washing assembly line to get some chairs we needed to pull out of storage and add to our seating. The scrubbers, sprayers, movers, and dryers were so efficient, they pulled out all of our current chairs

More Settling In

I was talking with one of our preK parents this past week about how hard it can be as an adult to slow down to child time. It can be so tempting to jump in and just tie that pair of shoes rather than coaching someone through the process. I could simply put all the library books away in their proper places rather than helping to teach the system that organizes our library. We are continuing to settle and develop the routines of the school, and this takes some real time. It seems obvious that when you finish using glue, you twist the top back down and put it back on the art shelf in the plastic bin with all of the glues, but this is a skill that is learned and rehearsed, and it needs support t

Setting Up

"It's so good to be back in school," sighed one student as she wrapped me in a hug this past week. I couldn't agree with her more. While I rely on my summer break to relax, recharge, and refocus, I can't wait to jump back into the school year come September. I was tickled to see returning preschool students help show the ropes of our school to some of our new students both younger and older than themselves. We have a growing number of back-to-school traditions like making buckets and sharing good thoughts with each other, reading "The Kingdom with No Rules, No Laws, and No King," and setting up our fruit stand as we harvest from our many trees. Everyone is settling in and setting the tone fo

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