February in Fig Tree!
Even though we have almost a month until Spring officially begins, it’s beginning to feel like winter is truly behind us. We are beginning to spot some of the wildflowers that we tossed in the form of seed balls back in the fall. So far we have identified several white and purple anemones, lots of four-nerve daisies, and our very first bluebonnets!
Earlier this month we began the process of recharging our gardens with Gitana. But first we had to harvest and use what we had grown! Students harvested the last of the broccoli florets for snack one day. Later in the week students harvested the last of the kale, mustard and asian greens, as well as the broccoli and cauliflower leaves, that they made into “chips” for snack. With that done they were able to clean out and compost the old plants, turn in new soil, and plant carrot & lettuce seeds. We’ve been watering, watching and waiting, and this week the first of the carrots started to sprout!
February started off with Student Led Tours, which were a success. We hope that it was a meaningful time for your family as your child showed you the work undertaken at school and the unique Montessori materials that help them in their explorations. It was enjoyable to see the students take ownership in their work and in their room.
We also enjoyed our inaugural Family Tea on the day we celebrated Valentine’s Day. It was a sweet and easy time, and several parents shared how meaningful it was to have this unique kind of community time. The scones and mini-cakes were a hit, and the herbal tea really hit the spot that afternoon. It was a very enjoyable, relaxed time through which families could come together and connect. Thank you to all who came; we hope to have several more experiences just like it!
The students really enjoyed our whole class field trip to see Pollyanna Theatre Company's “Liberty! Equality! & Fireworks!” at the LBJ Library on the UT campus. It was a new play written for young audiences that explores the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960's. Set in a history museum, the play's characters, a group of 4th grade students, experience key elements of this important part of our national history as iconic images from that period come to life and begin to move and speak. The children really understood the concept of “separate, but equal”--and how it wasn’t really equal!!--and they enjoyed getting to see the playwright in person at the end.
Our Fig Tree scientists have been hard at work as science experiments have continued to be a popular work choice this month. Experiments this month have included growing sugar crystals, exploring physics & motion with an egg throwing experiment, several density experiments, looking at how liquids sink and float, specific heat of water, paper rockets to demonstrate aerodynamics, transpiration and how plants absorb water by seeing how colored liquids travel through the parts of a flower, constructing a plant ‘maze’ to demonstrate how plants will grow towards the light, and finally, building a simple camera using a magnifying glass through which students were able to see how light passes through the lens and forms an image upside down! Wow!
Just in the last two weeks cursive has really taken off in Fig Tree! Students have been working hard on forming individual letters and many are beginning to connect letters. They are especially excited to form words, names, phrases, sentences, songs, and poems! Encourage your child to write in cursive (lowercase) at home--the hand is a powerful vehicle in developing a child’s mind, and they are absolutely loving it.
We wanted to thank our volunteer drivers, from our whole class field trips to the various student-planned Goings Out. With so many science experiments and research projects happening, students are needing to reach out beyond our campus into the greater community, and they couldn’t do it without you!
We thank you for all the ways you support the children in Fig Tree. This community is golden!
Enjoy this delightful springtime!
Lacey and Paige
Fig Tree Cottage