Some combination of the brilliant green and the sunny days has me truly loving my job and this school. Our students have enjoyed the chance to read and work outside without having to layer up first. In fact, we've been seeking out shade, breezes, and water to help cool off. The mayapples are flowering, and kids gathered them for umbrellas to help keep off the sun. One student thought he might climb into our black tube for shade and was tickled when he found evidence that some
On Friday, we had a conference day, and I always enjoy the chance to reflect on how much our kids have grown over the year. One of the gifts of our small school is that I get to teach the same kids year after year. I watch them go from barely writing their names to composing chapter books. I listen as they first begin to understand the sounds that letters make and continue to listen as they use different voices for characters in a story. I celebrate as a student who needed su
The mild weather this week (no snow fell!) had us all reveling in the changes of spring. We moved the desks down to our tent to help make outdoor learning easier. We used the front porch for reading groups, bubble blowing, and painting. The older kids made a pretty challenging obstacle course during their PE time. The younger kids finally got to hold their Endangered Animal Celebration. They were so very excited to share their animals and books with all of our families. Play
We know how to sink into our work here. This week our older kids were exploring Oobleck (a non-Newtonian fluid made from cornstarch and water). Our younger kids were making "Spring Stew" and some serious mud pits. We painted and hammered and got our hands dirty. It's part of hands on learning, and it means that even with my smocks, I have to retire my school clothes with some regularity. But when we make that visceral connection with something, when we touch it and look at it
Parent Weekly Emails
Each week, Country Classroom Head Teacher Tracy writes an email to our parents. Many of those emails we publish here.