We've always been a school that values the learning that happens outside - in the woods, in our fruit orchard, and on our hill. Bringing our desks outside this year makes it even easier. We all pause for regular bird identification. We are getting even better at reading the clouds to predict when rain is coming. We can let out kids run around for a 5 or 10 minute break without going through the process of putting on outdoor shoes and jackets. We have plenty of space to stretc
When we start a new theme we almost always begin by having the children generate a list of things they already know. It gives us a good idea of where to begin, misconceptions that need to be corrected, and areas of particular interest. We're activating our previous knowledge which then gives us an easier way to add in the new knowledge we gain. We use this same learning pattern in math and literacy, asking kids to make connections to what they know so we can keep building on.
My inclination in these posts is to help share all of the amazing learning moments I see at school: noticing the variations in our fingerprints, peeling apples, and creating forts in the woods. I love helping to set up our kids with interesting experiences, and then observing and talking with them to see what they are learning. We stress hands-on learning, spend lots of time outside, and revel in the natural world. But right now, that's only part of the picture because we are
My blog post encouraged me to "Add a Catchy Title," and I thought about some wordplay with leaves and fall, but ultimately decided to go classic on this one. That one word, Fall, evokes a whole lifetime of upstate New York memories of hillsides blanketed in warm colors, crisp breezes, and even crispier apples. I love sharing this time of year with children. So much of our day is outside right now that we have even more moments to stop and stare as a huge "v" of geese travel
Parent Weekly Emails
Each week, Country Classroom Head Teacher Tracy writes an email to our parents. Many of those emails we publish here.