Dear Fig Tree families,
What a great start to our new year together! We got underway with a variety of lessons and experiences.
The First Great Story was told at the beginning of the month, which is the first stone laid on the path of Cosmic Education. As students heard the tale about the formation of the Universe and of Earth, they were interested in the size of our Sun relative to other stars and excited to learn about the earliest stages of our Earth's development. The Second Great Story, the Coming of Life, will be told within the next several days...!
As the month progressed, we enjoyed students' presentations in geometry, grammar, art, and math; the inception of several plays and books; two Full-Cycle students learning to crochet and mentoring classmates in the craft; and students embarking on their own ideas and explorations, including plate tectonics, Ancient Greece, and performing a musical.
In addition, the Fig Tree garden is off to a strong start. Students turned the soil, hauled compost in teams with wheelbarrows, prepared the beds, measured off 12” grids and marked with twine, and planted all of our donated flowers, vegetables, and herbs. We are also keeping our peach tree, fig trees, and crepe myrtles happy with lots of water. The plants and the students are thriving in all that sunshine!
Weekly snack teams have been established, and three teams have already ventured on Goings Out to HEB with their menu-plans for the week in hand. Budgeting, estimations, fractions and ratios, and money are practiced in “real-time” as students navigate the entire process with a partner. The students also prepare and cook the snacks, which are often far beyond the realm of cheesesticks and crackers! Highlights have included a gluten-free blueberry bread “crumble,” and another week we had baba ghanoush (made with eggplants harvested in the Fig Tree garden!).
We have a few reminders to keep things running smoothly:
Please inform your child of the weather forecast to support her/him in remembering a rain jacket and boots. We do go out on rainy days.
Adventure Class is on Wednesdays, and the children need to wear sturdy closed-toe shoes.
Should you be running late one morning, please remember to walk your child up to the porch, where Lacey or I will acknowledge you (if we are with the children, this may be a smile and nod). This facilitates a quicker transition for your child into the morning Work Cycle that is underway.
If you haven't already, please remember to donate 1-2 skeins of yarn, which will be added to a “pool” of yarn for students to choose from at handwork time. Crochet is a hit, and we'd like to support the benefits of this traditional handwork!
Also, we'd like to remind everyone to sign page 13 in the Fig Tree Family Handbook (from the first Parent Night or on the Cedars Website) and return that page to us.
Halloween plans will be shared with you as the day approaches. Typical costumes (media characters, big dinosaurs, bumble bees) are not worn to school, but we certainly will be dressing up to celebrate. As a fellow parent, I want to assure you this does not entail another purchase of a separate school costume. More details to come!
Fig Tree will be open to observations beginning in October. A sign-up sheet and more details will be sent to you soon. We strongly encourage each family to come and observe, and we look forward to seeing you.
Thank you for a delightful and supportive start! Look for our next Fig Tree newsletter on the website at the end of each month....
Fig Tree Cottage