Way back in graduate school I had a professor who talked about the importance of having a "hook" at the beginning of a lesson. It's all about sparking interest and making everyone say, "Wow!" In past years, we headed outside to unroll a timeline where each strip of paper counts as 100 years, and we traveled back in time thousands of years to when the first hunter gatherers came to this land. Or we grabbed big rolls of paper and experimented with splattering paint as we tried
Our kids are busy playing, creating, experimenting, and building each day at school. It's a priority for us. But we also try really hard to make space for real and important conversations. Many of these happen at recess when a student has a few minutes of a teacher's uninterrupted attention or over snack as they talk about the challenges in their lives. Our read-a-loud's also serve as jumping off points for some key discussions. This week when I asked our PK-2nd graders why w
One of our younger students was really excited about a tracking book he got over break, and his excitement was contagious. At recess and during our adventure walk, the children were scattering across the snow trying to identify who had been there before. Meanwhile our older students had captured some great pictures on their trail cameras of some of the inhabitants of our woods. We looked in that area knowing we were looking for the tracks of raccoons, fox, a fisher, and even
Parent Weekly Emails
Each week, Country Classroom Head Teacher Tracy writes an email to our parents. Many of those emails we publish here.