This week in Mountain Laurel Cottage…
Parents as the weather changes and becomes warmer, please have your child bring a water bottle each day or leave one at school to ensure they have one for recess. We’ve spoken about the importance of hydration, especially while outside playing. If you can support your child with this process that would be greatly appreciative.
It was wonderful to see all of you at the Spring Festival and to participate in the festivities. We would like to thank the Herde Family for purchasing our painting, and to everyone else who made a bid as well. Thank you for supporting our school! The children loved making the artwork so much that they’ve asked if we can do it again. We will attempt a second canvas next week and share the results with you.
This week we’re studying the farming of rice and making our own rice to enjoy with sprigs of rosemary and lemon. We will also be studying music, specifically note notation and recognizing sharps and flats with the major c scale. The children composed songs on the tone bars the past few weeks, and a few have came together to create a “band,” of upcycled instruments. They are currently learning about each person’s role and what song they would like to compose. We will be talking about accents, tempo and dynamics as well. The music prompt this week includes hearing the story of the great Texan, Willie Nelson.
Other areas include the study of economics and world trade (export and import). We’re mapping major producers locally and globally using the material. With this activity we will construct graphs of what the main export is by country. We’ll cover inflation and surplus afterwards and focus our discussion on food related products; poultry, corn, wheat, cattle, etc. This will evolve into the exploration of mineral and plant based foods. A few children have been studying a few different countries, creating travel brochures. This week has been on-going with children becoming “travel agents,” using the geography references for support. This has led to great work with money – especially with balancing a budget. We’ll go deeper into our study with money, creating a balance sheet with income/expense.
This week in the kitchen we are making lemon roasted asparagus, mini turnovers and smoothies. The dough for the turnovers will be made from scratch and rolled out, folding it over with a strawberry filling. Last week the children made wontons, brownies and muffins in the kitchen. We’ve been busy cooking a variety of foods. Receipes from the past the children have loved include: the roasted bok choy, brussel sprouts and leeks. We drizzle oil olive, lemon juice with a sprinkle of salt and pepper – sometimes rosemary. The children love roasting veggies! ☺
This week we will be working on our book characters in the afternoons. Each child has choosen a book and book character to represent. The children have been given a shoe box and bag to fill with recyclables. We will be making the dioramas using recyclable goods vs. pre-purchased. We’ve talked about upcycling and reinventing. We will be going into more dicussion on this project constructing a visualization of the book at school (exposition, action, climax, falling action and resolution). We will also discuss the various types of characters in books, such as the protagnonist and the antagonist, as well as if there are an other roles present.
Please join us Friday, April 22nd from 3-3:30 PM to explore a muesume of “living” book characters from all genres of literature. We look forward to seeing you!
*There will be beverages and treats served afterwards, prior to departing.
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Warmly, Mountain Laurel Cottage
Parents, please return the envelope and $2 sent home with your child by Thursday. A group of children are going to the store to purchase yarn for our community. Many children are learning how to crochet and knit from each other, as well as from Ms. Pat. We look forward to continuing this practice with each other throughout the year advancing our skills towards making scarves, hats and bags.
This week the children are working in the garden, harvesting, weeding and working with the soil and decomposed leaves. We are planting seeds this week and look forward to vegetables sprouting in the spring. Some of the vegetables we cooked with this past week include kale, chard, broccoli and cauliflower. Our community is looking forward to planting and seeing the new crop grow and develop into produce.
Also this week, a few children are going to a tea house in Austin called Zhi Tea to get more information on how tea is made and to differentiate the varieties made. There’s a group of children headed to the Bob Bullock Museum to get information on the ship La Belle, which is currently on display. We’ve been studying about the Titanic and its sister ship the RMS Olympic. Another area of interest is the Lusitania. This week we are studying the history of Lewis & Clark.
Last week in the kitchen we made Squash Bites, Smoothies and Mac and Cheese using cauliflower in place of noodles. The children loved the recipes and enjoyed eating the food made. Many discovered how delicious squash is baked and roasted. We will continue making food this week with squash. The recipes this week include making popcorn the old-fashioned way using a pan and stove-top. We will add butter and rosemary as seasoning. Then we will make Acorn Squash Flapjacks using oats and whole-wheat flour to make this recipe extra healthy. It will be served with a drizzle of honey.
Let us know if you are interested in any of our recipes and we can share via email.
Finally, our community will begin collecting food for the Capital Area Food Bank. It is the largest organization in Texas that collects and sponsors families in need. Collection begins this week; a bin will be under our patio for donations. Some of the items needed include: healthy, non-perishable food, unopened consumer or commercial packaging goods, and food within the expiration date on the packaging. Also, items families request and are in need most include; peanut butter, canned chicken or tuna, canned vegetables and fruit, brown rice and 100% whole grain cereal. We’re collecting donations in the month of February. Our goal is to collect 100 lbs. worth of food for those in need.
A group of children are leading this activity and plan to deliver the donations to the Capital Area Food Bank on 2/26. This community support was organized by Layla, Thomas and Truman.
Lastly, mid-year observations are available in March. Please come observe your child working in our community as they interact socially and academically. You may sign-up for a day and time to observe using the link below:
Mid-Year Observations Link:
Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns!