Our in-person time is limited this year, and it's easy as teachers to worry about trying to pack in as much academic work as possible. Luckily, we keep reminding each other that one of the most important parts of that time together is to let our kids play and stretch their imaginations. I love to see all the learning that happens in that play. Sunshine and outdoor time had our older kids "cooking" up a restaurant in our "mud/sand kitchen." Orders included ice cream sundaes, s
35 degrees Fahrenheit and rain doesn't sound like ideal outside time for most of us, and I admit that I donned my coat and boots with a little dread this past Thursday. But our kids were so very happy playing in the rain. The creek, which generally tops out at 2 inches, was gurgling along with a good 5 inches of water. The gutters had a steady stream of water pouring from the roof. The children grabbed buckets, watering cans, cones, and measuring cups and got down to some ser
We are seeing some of our early signs of spring - that magical time when the redwing blackbirds return and call to each other, when the buds start to look ready to burst, and when our kids get utterly soaked and turn into mud people. I always apologize to families about the laundry this time of year, but I really do believe in all of the learning that happens when kids play in our stream and bring buckets of water to the sandbox. So we embrace the mud and offer our thanks for
One of the challenges for me about Zoom is that the kids mute themselves during our large meetings unless they are actively sharing. It helps make group discussions, read-aloud's, and songs work much better. But I miss the magic that happens when a ripple of sound moves through the group. I'm grateful that we also have in-person learning time each week. I hear the shouts of laughter, the hum of excited discussion, and sometimes the deep quiet that exists when everyone is imme
Coming back from a vacation can always feel a little strange, and this year, we have been working extra hard to hold onto daily rhythms. Each Morning Circle on Zoom starts with a quick check-in with each child as they sign on. Once we hit our official start time, we do a movement song. Then we catch up with any late comers. I read a story. We talk about some parts of that story (though sometimes the kids take these discussions in directions I might not have originally planned
Parent Weekly Emails
Each week, Country Classroom Head Teacher Tracy writes an email to our parents. Many of those emails we publish here.