That month blew by!
We rolled right in…
...to school at the end of winter holidays, and the students returned with a renewed sense of work, growth, and partnership. Students who are new this year to Fig Tree have really stepped into the routines, the work, the expectations, and the responsibilities, and their growth is evident as we returned to school. The Third Year students are stepping up to a new level as well, gathering their momentum during this last semester, preparing for their final launch!
Then we glided back out…
...for a few icy days, giving us some long, juicy weekends! One sign that the students are really cruising along now is how well they adjusted to a couple of unusual weeks!
Then we stepped back in…
…to work and play and explore and help and learn.
Several Goings Out are in the planning stages, ranging from the local public library to (perhaps!) a trip to NASA in Houston. Several students are undertaking weekly baking projects, from planning to buying ingredients to baking and serving their creations. Other explorations include: studying Line in art, exploring methods of seed dispersal by plants, observing numerous specimens in our brand new microscopes (yay!!), practicing money and coins, refining their musical ear by matching and grading Bell tones, reading lots of poetry books (elementary kids love that Shel Silverstein!), acquiring new traditional handwork skills, conducting experiments on the plasticity of solids, reaching abstraction with a variety of math operations and topics, and cracking macadamia nuts that traveled with a classmate all the way from Hawaii!
Reminders and Sign-Ups
We’re seeing “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” at ZACH Theater on Wednesday, February 7th. The children are really looking forward to seeing a live performance of the sequel to our previous read aloud book, Magician’s Nephew. The entire play is performed by two actors “and a lot of theater magic,” so your children will probably have a lot to share with you about traveling through the wardrobe into Narnia!
Students are encouraged to make a set of 23 valentines at home to bring and share with their friends. Your child can make ANY style of valentine, from the very simple to something more complex. It can be easy and cheap--provide paper, pencils, stickers, or crayons, and let their imagination fly. They are expressions of friendship, not entries for a Martha Stewart magazine. ;)
We simply ask that they not have media characters or candy, and that your child signs his/her own name. Please do not put a specific recipient’s name on them; leaving them blank eases distribution.
Last year for Valentine’s Day, we hosted a Family Tea, and it was such a hit that we’re going to do it again! Mark your calendars for Wednesday, February 14th at 2:45 to join us for tea, baked goods, and community time!
Keep reading to your kiddo at home! You can consult the Parents’ Handbook for a list of fresh ideas to read aloud to your child as you snuggle up on a wintery day.
As always, it is such a joy and honor to assist your children in their growth and learning. Thank you for the opportunity to be with them.
Here’s to another great month!
Fig Tree Cottage