Seeing and Celebrating Each Other

One recent morning I came over to a group of kids building towers out of Kapla blocks, and they told me they were building them for one of our PreK kids to knock down. They explained, "He really likes to knock them down. It makes him really happy, so we let him know as soon as he can knock them over." I loved their willingness to let this happen to their creation. Our older kids look out for the younger ones. It doesn't always work out that well. We had an afternoon recently when I watched three of our older kids take a stab at helping two students come up with some solutions for a problem. They each took a turn listening to both sides, tried to offer some constructive suggestions, and event

Our Kind of Hands-On Learning

"Hands-On Learning" has been a catch phrase during most of my time as an educator. It makes sense that children learn from doing - when they mix colors over and over again, they learn that red and blue make purple. When they listen to a bird call, look up pictures of that bird in an ID book, hear a read-aloud about the bird and respond to it through painting, they are really starting to get a handle on that bird. When they design their own experiments and travel step by step through the scientific method, they are more likely to remember what each of those steps includes. It can take some time, but it's worth it when I see the lightbulbs flashing, and I know they have a deeper understanding

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

 

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