This week in Mountain Laurel Cottage…
Our community will begin preparing the garden by weeding and turning the soil. We will be adding new soil and compost to our beds prior to planting this week. The children are eager to begin gardening and look forward to the process of caring for the plants and then harvesting when ready. Please have your child bring 1 flower and 2 organic edible plants for our garden by Wednesday, September 16th. Please refer to the link below for ideas of what to provide to our community garden. We appreciate your help so much!
This week in our community a few children have started passports for going-outs to support their research or community needs. A group of children are headed to the retirement home, Stonebridge to serve the elderly with entertaining board games such as Monopoly and Sorry. We have a second group going to the pet store to determine the budget of specific animals surveyed and graphed to be added to our community. The children will record and budget the costs for specific animals prior to expensing them to our community. We look forward to having an animal join our community.
This past week we made basil lemonade and cornbread in the kitchen. The children loved squeezing the lemons and mincing the basil. We had two children do fractions while making the cornbread to ensure that measuring the ingredients by ¼ 2x vs. ½ once to share responsibilities. This week the children will be making strawberry banana smoothies and mozzarella, basil and oregano bruschetta. The children are enjoying cooking in the kitchen and serving our community with a variety of snacks.
As the weather changes, please have your child bring a pair of rain boots and jacket to be kept at the school for rainy days. We do go to the playground if it is a light sprinkle and nature walks as well. In the past we have enjoyed water hikes, walking through the puddles and seeing the sediment and erosion carried when water travels. There are many lessons about weather in particular to experience.
Feel free to visit the link below if you are interested in a lunch visit beginning in October.
Feel free to visit the link below to select an appointment to observe mid-October.
Thank you and have a wonderful week, Mountain Laurel Cottage ☺