This week in Mountain Laurel Cottage…
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. We will begin this collection 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 gain cereal. We will be collecting donations for the month of February. Our goal will be to collect 100 lbs. worth of food by the end of the month.
A group of children are leading this activity and plan to deliver the donations to the Capital Area Food Bank on 2/26.
We made squash spice muffins and quinoa mac and cheese last week. The children loved trying squash baked and enjoyed the quinoa mixed with cauliflower and mozzarella cheese. Many had inquired about the missing noodles in the mac and cheese, and still enjoyed the treat. We will be making roasted squash with ricotta and honey, then roasted brussel sprouts with balsamic vinegar. The children are enjoying their time in the kitchen reading the recipe and preparing the ingredients. We recently got a new oven in our community, which was exciting for the children.
As the weather changes we have been talking about the sun and how its rays are positioned according to the tilt of the earth’s axis. A few children made baked dough earths representing this concept of perpendicular rays are hotter and directly shine on the equator and the countries, then rays extending further becoming acute and obtuse – leading to the frigid northern and southern poles temperatures. The children used toothpicks and popsicle sticks to represent the rays and equator. We will discuss more this week about the reasoning of seasons.
Last week we collected bricks for the Primary Campus communities. A small group did an outing to collect donated bricks from a Cedar’s family. The group divided the bricks into three stacks for each classroom. It was an exciting experience to do!
This week the end cycles will be visiting Rockwood on Tuesday, February 26th/28th. The children are excited to go and experience the morning work-cycle with the upper elementary community. They will be spending lunch and recess there as well.
We will be having Student Expo’s coming up in February on the 2nd and 4th. Be sure to sign-up to come and receive a lesson from your child from 3:00-3:45 PM.
Please visit the link to sing-up:
Lastly, we will be having mid-year observations available in March. Please come and observe your child working in our community 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!
Please have your child bring yarn, knitting needles and crochet hooks, as many are learning to use these tools during read aloud and throughout the day from peers.
Warmly, Mountain Laurel Cottage ☺