I love January! The children come back from Winter Break raring to go. They are happy to see friends and ready to learn new things! It has been hard keeping up with their requests for new lessons!
Ms. Claire has kept the children busy with new art projects. So if you have seen snowflakes, snowmen, and penguins coming home, you can thank her!
We welcomed three new friends to our class, Philipp, Maxwell, and Van. The children always enjoy showing new children “the ropes,” and the new children respond so well to other children showing them how things work. Despite the surprises thrown into their first couple of weeks (ice day, delayed start and a long weekend), they are adjusting well and settling into Roadrunner Cottage.
Ms. Pat and three elementary children came in one day to show us the hive, comb, and honey made by our resident bees. They also explained the process of making honey. We all learned something new and got to have a small taste of the honey that was collected. They left a jar of honey for us to have for snack, which brought up the question, “what is the best way to sample our honey?” What tastes better than honey on homemade bread? My dilemma was how to make homemade bread with 29 children who can barely make it through a 10 minute group time. Well, I decided I could not do that. I am not much of a baker, I will confess. But the idea of watching the yeast proof and kneading bread seemed doable. So, with the afternoon class, we made bread! They were all very patient as they watched me make the 3 batches of dough, then they each got to knead their own individual loaves, see “it grow” and then take it home. My husband made the bread for the entire class (he does like to bake!) and we all enjoyed a delicious snack. Some liked the honey butter, some just liked honey, butter or plain bread, but it was a treat.
We have been lucky with having very few out sick. I’ve been really trying to emphasize handwashing and nose blowing! Keep your fingers crossed that Roadrunner stays healthy!! If your child isn’t feeling well, please err on the side of caution. The flu seems to start with a headache rather than with a fever….Thanks!!