June 17, 2019

It's never an easy thing for me when a year ends. There are always a few more projects I hoped to squeeze in, and a skill or two I wanted to spend more time on. I know that a few students are moving on, and each moment with them feels extra important. All the children...

June 3, 2019

It's that time of year when we are doing final assessments of all the children and writing narrative reports for each child. Do they know their letter sounds? What are they reading? How is their comprehension? What math facts do they know automatically? Can they transl...

May 28, 2019

Last Thursday was a magical morning. At one point, I looked around, and EVERYONE was engaged in something beautiful. There were a group of kids making water color paintings and another using tools to explore an old printer. In the preschool room, a small child was "rea...

May 20, 2019

Clapping and cheers rang out around the playground. "You  did it! You got that jump!" This week’s big development on the playground was an obstacle course for horses. The teachers had been talking about encouraging some new games and activities on the playground. While...

May 13, 2019

We welcomed spring this week at a local park dancing around our Maypole, and we managed both the weave and the unweave - twice in a row! It was truly a magical moment because in all of our rehearsing we had only succeeded in unweaving the ribbons a total of one time. T...

May 6, 2019

During a recent Nancy visit, she had each child take a sniff of a special smell. Everyone quieted as they focused on the task, and then Nancy asked them if the smell put a picture in their heads. Not everyone got a clear picture, but many of the children chimed in with...

April 15, 2019

Many might argue that Maypole dancing is not a crucial life skill, and I would agree with them. But when we are dancing the Maypole, we need to listen to the music, move together, cooperate (or else possibly end up with a ribbon to the face), and shake off our mistakes...

April 8, 2019

Beautiful spring weather had all of our children literally jumping for joy, and rolling and leaping and running. It is such a gift to be able to head outside with only a jacket and not have to deal with the extra process of snow pants, mittens, and hats. We took advant...

April 1, 2019

As a school, our children are frequently grappling with ideas of fairness. As teachers, we do our best to help show them that fair and equal aren't always the same thing. For one child, expecting her to read 30 pages of a chapter book during our "relax and read" time i...

March 26, 2019

Throughout our day we do our best to make sure that the children's work has context and that it feels real and relevant to them (even when we are traveling in our imaginations). They learn those high frequency sight words by reading them in morning letters and books. W...

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