This Week in Mountain Laurel Cottage
Mountain Laurel and Fig Tree will be going to ZACH Theatre to see the play, “Elephant and Piggie.” This play originates from the books written and illustrated by Mo Willems. Mo Willems’ books can be found in our elementary library and are popular amongst the children. Everyone is looking forward to the performance very much. We will be going on Thursday, April 6th from 10 AM – 11 AM, and will need support with transportation. Unfortunately, due to limited seats and available dates, we do not have tickets for drivers to attend the show. However, if you need to shop, run errands or would like to get a coffee nearby during that time please let us know if you are available. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are available. Thank you so much!
All children need to sign the permission form at the link, which can be found below:
“Elephant and Piggie,” Permission Link for Field Trip: https://goo.gl/forms/4VQStHvpXT7qGN6N2
Information about the play from ZACH Theatre: When Gerald and Piggie get together, anything is possible. They might wear silly hats, get invited to a fancy pool costume party, or learn a crazy new dance. Based on the wildly popular beloved book series, this lively musical features Gerald and Piggie and the delightful back-up singers, the Squirrelles, who together discover the fun of being in a play and the joy of friendship. Be prepared to experience and share the laughter!
We will be sending home envelopes on Wednesday, to collect money for tickets.
Tickets are $8 per child. Please return envelopes/cash by Friday, or the Monday after break.
Please come this month to eat lunch with your child. Lunch visits are wonderful times to enjoy with your child/children. Bring a meal, utensils and your welcome to use the microwave if needed.
Lunch Visits: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0445a9ac2ca3fc1-lunch
Families, we invite you to come and observe and to sign-up for spring conferences. Please visit links:
Spring Observations: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0445a9ac2ca3fc1-spring1
Spring Conferences: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0445a9ac2ca3fc1-spring
Lastly, we will be having “student” led tours once again. These dates will be on Wednesday, April 5th and Thursday, April 6th from 3:30-4:00 PM. Please come and receive 1-2 lessons from your child. You may sign-up for a day to come and please let us know if you need an alternative day if needed.
Student Led Tours: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0445a9ac2ca3fc1-student
The kitchen has been busy this week. A few made cinnamon and honey buns, which were delicious. The children improvised and wanted to bake using eggs from the chicken coop, and used a previous recipe for carrot bread as an example. Many children were savoring the taste, and loved the recipe. We have more eggs in our fridge to use and will be making a broccoli and cheese quiche or frittata.
Several children this week have been discussing various sports and we are going to be learning about the origin, history and game of lacrosse. Many children are excited to practice this sport, and team leads/experts have discussed and practiced modifications to make it a non-contact sport. Volunteers offered to be supportive “crowds” and are eager to watch and observe before playing. We will have a community parent come in and share with us the history and game of lacrosse. The children are eager to learn and play and have created teams and specific instructions for safety.
We have two new members of our community: leopard geckos. The children have been caring for the geckos; ensuring they have been fed (crickets/mealworms) and the habitat is clean and at a certain temperature. The gecko’s names are “Lizzy” and “Lagartija” (Lizard in Spanish). Come and say hello!
Spring is around the corner, and the children are in the garden; planting, mulching and harvesting spring’s crop; carrots. The children harvested the carrots from the garden and made pickled carrots in the kitchen with Gitana.
It was great fun to learn to pickle and to enjoy some sweet and sour carrots.
Several studies (research); were explored and discovered this past month. Many questions were asked, pondered and wondered by the children; thus supports the mind of the second plane child to naturally explore and discover independently or collaboratively. Children are reading and sharing what is referenced and written, internally and with others; creating reports, timelines, charts, and of course models/dioramas. Interesting and supporting facts are being shared with each other; developing further work and presentations given.
Some of which, include:
Leonardo de Vinci (what is the Mona Lisa?)
Sloths (why do sloths sleep so much?)
Neil Armstrong (how did we discover the moon?)
Wild Flowers (what is blooming right now?)
Mt. Vesuvius (what makes a volcano erupt?)
This week in Mountain Laurel…
We have several children participating and supporting plays this week and next. A few of the plays, which are going to be debuting soon, include:
“The Three Little Birds,” on 1/31 at 3 PM
“Captain Cuteness,” on 2/6 at 3 PM
“The Little Mermaid,” on 2/9 at 3 PM
We will communicate via email if your child is in a play so that you can save the date!
All plays are at the stage near the playground, and parking is along the after-care building and/or tree line of circle dr. There will be chairs and popcorn snack provided.
This week in the kitchen, we will be making roasted potatoes with garlic and thyme. In addition, we will be making rainbow snack wraps, which include avocado, carrots, peppers, cucumber and cream cheese wrapped in a tortilla shell. The children have been busy in the kitchen these past couple of weeks making recipes such as; banana pancakes, strawberry ice cream and pumpkin muffins. Last week, a group made delicious garlic knots from scratch and broccoli and cheese quiche. We will be moving into making pastas this month; exploring the craft of creating raviolis and gnocchi’s.
There are several children preparing historical studies for the library celebration, which will be on Wednesday, February 8th at 1:30 PM at the stage/playground. A few of the individuals included in the studies are Cleopatra, Alexander Hamilton, Maria Montessori and Neil Armstrong. The children are eager to share their facts found with others this day.
You may donate books from Amazon to the elementary library by visiting this link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/20R8XUB1Q8OIK/ref=cm_sw_em_r_wsg_aU4HybESDX7DZ_wb
Parents, we will be sending home the children’s work this week. There is a gallon size Ziploc bag included, which needs to be returned to school with an extra set of clothes.
Lastly, our community has started a weekly newspaper, which shares what is happening in Mountain Laurel and around Campus. A free subscription will be available very soon!
As the weather begins to change, please have your child prepared with their coats and boots each day. The children are eager to go outside and play, but the weather often varies.
This week we will be sending home a gallon size Ziploc bag with your child’s name on it. Please return this bag to school with an extra set of clothes (shirt, pants, socks, and undergarments) for your child, in case it is needed. There are times when we are painting such as artists or experimenting as scientists and may get something on our clothing and need to change. Or sometimes we just accidentally fall in some mud. Feel free to return this bag on Friday, so that we can place it in your child’s labeled shoebox. Anytime clothes are changed, they are always sent home immediately to be washed and returned. Please let us know if you have any questions.
This week in the kitchen, we will be making cheesy-spinach frittata and sweet molasses bread. The children will season the frittata with fresh rosemary from our garden and add a bit of dill too. When we make the bread and will practice four types of basic bread patterns with each mini loaf of sweet molasses bread; sprinkling each loaf with oats and a drizzle of honey. We will make some rosemary butter to go with this recipe as well. We have made molasses cookies in the past, and so the children are excited to make bread using the ingredient molasses. Before cooking, we will talk more about where molasses comes from, why it is used and how it gets to us.
Another group will be making garlic knots in the kitchen this week and will learn how to make the dough and shape the knots before baking. Everyone loves to eat the garlic knots. Several children are interested in cooking and there has been lots of recipe writing going on using the cookbooks from our community and the library. Discussions about on whether to use an ingredient or make substitutions have come up or how to calculate the measurements to double the recipe to increase the serving size, The children are enjoying cooking very much!
Parents, we thank you for supporting our kitchen each week with ingredients, we are grateful!
We have had great discovery with music this past week, which children continue to explore more with grading the bells and tone bars. Along with understanding the whole and half notes, and recognizing the sharps and flats, we’ve went further and learned about reading sharps and flats using songs from our music binder and composing using the bells and/or tone bars. A few children are making songbooks, while others are using the song charts to play. This has interested others to form bands with instruments and/or making their own songbooks using the basket of instruments, the bells and/or tone bars. They have established practice times too so that everyone can individually and collaboratively balance their day with on-going work and lessons.
Our community has recently finished the read aloud book, “The Expeditioners and the Treasure of Drowned Man’s Canyon,” by S.S. Taylor. Everyone voted to read the next book in this series, “The Expeditioners and the Secret King Triton’s Lair.” This book series is a story about a group of children who identify themselves as explorers and go on several adventures to find missing clues and information to old maps, which lead them to hidden caves/taverns with beautiful treasures. Each chapter leaves us wanting to read more and we have gotten to known the characters Kit, MK, Suki and Zander very well. Everyone looks forward to reading the second book in this series.
This week we will read a book about Martin Luther King Jr. to honor and celebrate MLK day. We will read a few quotes from his speeches to understand his work in influencing change. Other areas of study within art include a technique of painting called pointillism and creating our own. A few are interested in visiting an art studio to see examples made by artists here in Austin. In addition, we will be studying more with crosshatching and looking at specifically the 6 forms of crosshatching. We have done work with color gradation using prismas, but will move onto this technique, but with other material; oil and chalk pastels. Art is always welcomed and wonderful to have to aid with embellishment and detail when making binded booklets, charts and posters for the children’s further studies/group projects. We would like to present an Art Expo in March.
Parents we wish you a lovely week, and welcome back, Mountain Laurel