Parents, thank you for all of your support with the Fall Fandango. The children enjoyed making the art piece this year from quilling paper using knitting needles, embroidery needles and corn cob holders to wrap the paper into beautiful pieces. The children enjoyed making the layers of concentric circles the most and bending the quill into a leaf or square to support the shape of a tree. The children took a picture with the piece before signing the back to make it authentic!
This past week the children have been enjoying the outdoors, taking nature walks and playing gaga at the playground. Ms. Autumn took the children on a nature walk and had them sketch and record their senses; sight, smell, touch, hear. The children could see the change of leaves from the trees, smell the grass and dew on the ground, touched the dew on the ground, and hear the sound of birds chirping above them in the trees. The children took a 10-15 minute moment recording these observations using their sketch pads.
It was wonderful to have Ms. Chelsea, the practice teacher in our community. She loved presenting lessons to the children from all areas of our classroom. The children loved having her as part of our community and were sad to see her leave. It was a wonderful opportunity for her to practice and present to our children and to visit our school and be part of our community and campus. Ms. Chelsea has provided a mailing address to write correspondence “Pen Pals” to her and the Atlanta School she is at.
This week in our community we are making garlic knots, roasted brussel sprouts and skillet cornbread. The children are enjoying cooking in the kitchen in teams of 3. We have a few visiting the pet store this week to determine costs for a fish and hermit crab to join our community. We plan to add the pets after the Holiday break.
Lastly, the children of Mt. Laurel have planned a "Fall Feast"
When: Tuesday, November 24th from 12:30-1:30 PM.
Where: Mountain Laurel Cottage
Whom: Mountain Laurel Children and Parents
Please join us and the children for a potluck lunch in our community. We will eat a variety of foods and beverages outside at the picnic tables; weather permitting. The children have created a list of foods and items needed. Please let us know if you have any questions or need more details about a dish, beverage or item.
Please visit the sign-up link below to choose a dish, beverage or item to bring.
Once again, thank you for your support and we appreciate all that you do!
Warmly, Mountain Laurel Cottage
This week in Mountain Laurel Cottage…
Our community enjoyed visiting June’s Family Farm, Pure Luck on Monday. It was a beautiful day to tour the farm and be amongst the wonderful goats in the pasture. All of the children loved standing and petting the goats while touring the farm outside. We learned about and discussed the difference between a milking, meat and fiber goat. The children had the opportunity to see how a goat is milked and filtered before consumption. Many of the children got to experience milking the goat and trying its milk after filtration.
The children then toured where the goats get milked in the barn and where the cheese is made before distributing to the stores. Our community was fascinated with the logistics of the barn to see how the goats entered, were fed grain from the bin and then milked. We had a lovely picnic lunch on the lawn outside, eating crackers and cheese from the farm owners Amelia and Ben. The children tasted the cheese “June’s Joy,” which was a delicious treat! Afterwards we walked to visit another part of the farm where herbs are grown in hoop houses. Before leaving the children gave a few hugs to the family farm dogs which accompanied us on the tour. We had a wonderful time on the farm with June and his family Amelia and Ben.
Last week our community had our class elections. The children campaigned creating posters, a speech and stickers for the following positions. We had an official ballot where children voted individually for a person for each position. Then we had two witnesses do the count per position to ensure accuracy. We had an even tie this year with the position of Vice President – which hasn’t happened before. The two agreed to hold the position as co-vice presidents. All of these positions support our community on Thursdays with handling any concerns or questions that come up day-to-day. We have a community box in our class that creates the agenda for these meetings hosted on Thursdays. The children then use the white board to list the new topics. Then all ideas are shared before voting on an agreement.
The following children are leading our community this fall before our next election which will be open to all other members in January.
President – Kalen Jackson
Vice Presidents – Harper Herde and Annabelle Smith
Peace Keeper – Phoenix Kelly
Governor – Aidan Domo
Last week in the kitchen the children made Pumpkin Bread, Waldorf (Vegetable and Fruit) Salad and Roasted Parsnips. All of the recipes were delicious. The children loved the roasted Parsnips the most and it made the classroom smell wonderful. We had a few participate on a going-out to H-E-B to get groceries to make smoothies as well. These children made strawberry banana smoothies; more vitamin C is what they wanted to add. This week we will be making “Pumpkin Sunflower Bread” and “Bruschetta with Pear, Honey and Gorgonzola.”
Lastly, conferences are coming up on Friday, November 6th and Monday, November 9th. Please visit the link below if you haven’t already to sign-up for a conference.
Warmly, Mountain Laurel Cottage ☺