Our kids are all about working their way into the ground - they've been digging up our garden, learning about sap in maple trees, and planting flowers for the butterfly and hummingbird garden in town. We use lots of nature metaphors for our kids, asking them to plant their feet in circle and stretch their branches (arms) to the sky. As teachers, we look at all of the work we do with them as giving them roots. We want our children to be grounded in kindness, be willing to ques
When I mentioned that we were in a new month at circle time on Monday, a few of our kids immediately chimed in with, "March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb." This garnered some really confused looks from many of the other children, so we talked about what it meant, acted it out, and some of the kids even came up with a little song about it.. This is how we learn. We start with something we know and add to it. At our school, we try to give kids some different ways to
Over the past two weeks of school, we've had lots to celebrate - a good tonic to some February cabin fever. We shared some love with all of our school friends on Valentine's day. We've had snow, mud, and sunshine to play in. We went on field trips to the New York State Museum and Proctors. We threw our normal schedule out the window and spent the last week in a focused frenzy of creation as our kids pulled together their play on the Erie Canal. It's been a whole lot of fun! C
Parent Weekly Emails
Each week, Country Classroom Head Teacher Tracy writes an email to our parents. Many of those emails we publish here.