Cultivating Flexibility

Kids love their routines, but the weather changes had all of us on our toes this week: snow and ice, warm breezes, and even a dramatic thunderstorm that sent our kids inside from recess. I love how all of the kids just roll with the changes. They pile on the layers, try to dry out the wet ones before we go out again, and help younger children get dressed for outside. I look to their enthusiasm when mine is waning and find that I'm always glad once we're outside. We try to cultivate flexibility in our children while still honoring their need for rhythm in the day. Part of that flexibility is in allowing a project to go in a different direction than we originally intended (as both students and

Snapshots of Our School

We have two weeks worth of school happenings to condense into our blog this week. It's a big job, but we'll do our best to give you some accurate snapshots and some of the highlights. Cheryl's PreK Reflections The preschool got to continue their tour of our school's community and went to the Middleburgh firehouse. I was not surprised by this groups' raised hands and thoughtful questions and answers. We talked about how grateful we are to our farmers and firefighters for helping us all in different ways. With the arrival of November came (stuffed animal) Tom Turkey who now peeks in on our circle time filled with music, movement, finger plays and nursery rhymes. Scarf dancing catching along t

Pumpkins and Chemistry and Play

Learning through play is a big part of what we do at our school. Children roll dice to collect ones, turn those ones into tens, and eventually turn their tens into hundreds. They role play "store" and exchange money for acorns or fruit or fancy sticks. We act out different challenges that arise with our friends and brainstorm solutions for those problems. This week they also planned a few weddings. We observed closely to make sure that all feelings were being respected and that everyone was on board with what was happening - weddings can bring up some strong feelings. Some of the organizers of our school lined up flower girls, ring bearers, and other attendants. A few visionaries came up wit

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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