June 12, 2019

Country Classroom's students are working with Bill Morton to make sure that butterflies and hummingbirds have all the flowers they need this summer. The children started seeds weeks ago at their Middleburgh-based independent school. Careful thinning, daily watering, an...

September 18, 2017

We are settling in and exploring this new space. For many of our children, it's novel to have this big piece of pavement to play on. Drawing with sidewalk chalk, riding scooters and trikes, and bouncing balls are new favorite recess activities. We have also been starti...

September 11, 2017

I'll admit that in the days leading up to the first day of school my typical case of nerves was brewing in my belly. How do we make sure our returning students welcome our new students? How do we keep children spanning so many ages engaged in meaningful work? Where are...

June 19, 2017

The beautiful weather had us doing even more of our learning outside this week. We went on a field trip, hiked to the waterfall, found all sorts of interesting life in our stream, and practiced rote counting as we played "Ghost in the Graveyard." 

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June 12, 2017

The "Animal Rescue Squad" was hard at work this last week during recess. As an environmental educator, I swing a little on how we treat critters. I want to be respectful of their lives which ideally means observing quietly from a distance. But children learn by doing a...

June 3, 2017

It seems like a cliché - but can it really be June? Yes, we have done a ton of work and learning this year. I have watched all of the children grow - they are reading, thinking, calculating, and relating in new and deeper ways. It's one of my favorite parts of teaching...

May 29, 2017

Young children like to grab on to their learning - dividing blueberries into equal shares, figuring out how to make the best ramps for their cars in the block corner, and tootling around on the recorder trying to find different notes. I like to grapple with big ideas,...

May 22, 2017

The weather turned hot this week, so we brought out the hose. Bring out the hose, and it's time to make mud. Once you have mud, it's time to make a mud slide, a mud pool, and some mud body art. Beards were a common adornment, but inspired by our India study, a few chil...

May 15, 2017

I want to be a play propagandist. You should too. When I look back on my childhood, I am lucky to have lots of treasured teachers and adored books. But my happiest memories are when I was following deer trails in the ravine with a friend or running in a pack of neighbo...

April 17, 2017

The children love keeping a close eye on the world around us. This week we were all a little surprised as car after car pulled into our parking lot during snack time. Theresa popped outside to see what was happening and found out that it was a group of politicians and...

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