February sure felt warm...and fast!!
With this gloriously warm weather, we accomplished a lot in the garden this month, with a bushel of support from Cedar’s gardener, Gitana. Children weeded, turned soil, planted seeds, laid mulch, and harvested some winter carrots. The carrots went into a jar and were fermented...we’ll reap the benefits any day now with crunchy, pickled carrots!
Valentine’s Day was a lot of fun with our classroom valentine exchange and preparations for that afternoon’s Family Tea. It was a lovely, sunny day, and it felt wonderful to have our front porch filled with parents and siblings as we enjoyed sugar cookies and hot chocolate prepared that morning by the students. We look forward to the next one!
February also meant a lot of observers! If you haven’t had the chance, or if it’s been a while, please do come in for a visit. Arrange it with the office, and join us in the mornings to see all the activity that keeps our room humming along. You might see play rehearsals, party planning, flower arranging, perspective drawings, sewing, grammar boxes, sentence analysis, long multiplication, reading to Baby Hazel, how water moves up a stem, abstract long division, using formulas to find area, and convergent, divergent, and parallel lines---and that was just *this* morning’s work! Come have a cup of tea and watch these collaborations!!
And something totally new….! Some thoughtful and enterprising Upper Elementary students really enjoyed a literature circle conducted in their own class and thought, “Wouldn’t it be neat to bring this to Early Elementary??” So three Rockwood girls organized Literature Circles for Early Elementary, using two different Roald Dahl books. Interested Fig Tree students have been meeting with them every Friday to discuss what they read and to review analytical and vocabulary questions. The students have really enjoyed this new way of examining books. After this round, we hope to enjoy more literature circles hosted by Rockwood in the future!
Reminders and Sign-Ups
Just a reminder...there are still VOLUNTEER SPOTS AVAILABLE for the following Sign-Ups:
weekly drivers for snack teams
If you haven’t signed up for each one, or took one spot this year so far, we recommend adding your name one more time if you can help us out. Thank you so much, dear parents!!
Stay in touch--a lot is coming this March and April!!
In March, we hope to attend a play at Zach Scott Theater with Mountain Laurel. The play stars Piggie and Gerald of the famed--and adored--books by Mo Willems. It should be a fun morning watching a live performance about the beauty and importance of friendship.
Students are busy making plans for a Spring Party, as well as a “Poet’s Tea.” We’ll keep you posted as these intentions approach fruition!
We also intend to host two afternoons of Student-Led Tours, during which your child guides you on a tour of the room and even gives you a few lessons on some materials! It’s a special, enriching time for families and a unique window into your child’s typical day at school. I am confirming with Sarah the best dates for these, and I’ll keep you posted!
Also, be watching the calendar for a Coffee Talk on Cosmic Education, the Montessori term for our Elementary curriculum. This is a very informative topic, whether you are new to Montessori elementary or a veteran of several years. The talk is akin to a “Part 2” to our previous Coffee Talk, “The Transition to Elementary,” and it may be the single greatest source of insight into how and why we do certain things in elementary. I highly recommend your attendance. It is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, March 8; we hope to see you there!
Keep up that math-fact practice! Any amount helps--keep it fun, and keep it consistent. It is a great way to support your child, no matter what age, and it is a huge benefit to your child’s progress in math lessons and adventures.
Thank you for all of your support as we enter our time of blooming!
With a warm and grateful heart,