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!
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