Kindergarten Nov 6 - Nov 10

Last week the Kindergartners enjoyed a visit with Mr. Rodney from our schools Garbage Disposal company. The highlight was getting to press that truck horn!. For story time, Ms. Kathee visited the Kindergarten class to share the Stone Soup story. For Practical work the children baked their own Sourdough bread, and tasted it for bread and butter snack on Thursday. Lastly, we completed our watercolor and cutwork Lanterns which we enjoyed sharing with our families and school community on Nov 9th. 

Grades Nov 6 - Nov 10

Hi Garden Families,

Thank you all so much for sharing our fun and lovely festival, Martinmas, with us this past week!  It was so wonderful to have us all come together for the evening!  The help and support you all gave, as well as the delicious food, made it truly enjoyable for all!  Our next festival will be our Advent Spiral on December 14th.  We hope to see you all there too!

This past week we learned about the tipi’s of the Plains people, igloos of the Inuit people and log cabins built by early settlers.  Next week we will explore shelters built in other regions of our world.  The children have been hard at work on our Grades shelter in the forest as well.  Shelter models and the reports about the shelters are due by next Friday. 

The children also completed their lantern making (and they turned out beautifully!), practiced songs, flute and drums for Martinmas, continued working on making wooden balls from cubes, made more pickles in the kitchen (as well as enjoying eating those they made previously), continued both reviewing and learning new Spanish words and phrases, and had fun drawing the animals well as building a climbing platform for the animals on our learning farm.  We are also beginning to make small group visits Thursday mornings with the Kindergarten to work and play with our younger friends, a benefit for all ages! 😊

Warmly,

Ms. Melissa and Ms. Kathee

Kindergarten Oct 30 - Nov 3

What a fun week at The Garden School! We wore our Halloween costumes to school on Tuesday. We made leaf and flower presses so we can preserve some of the colorful leaves and pretty fall flowers we are finding. We took home bumpy gourds in our backpacks to show to our families. 

Miss Sonya told us a story about The Fox and the Falling Leaves. Miss Lindsey taught us how to sew shoulder holders for our water bottles. Mr. Warren helped us swing very high on a new swing. Mr. Lee let us smash pumpkins for the goats and miniature donkey to eat. We grated lemons to make lemon zest. We stood around the fire pit in the mornings but then took our jackets and gloves off for the warm sunny afternoons. We are learning two special lantern songs that we will be singing on the Lantern Walk this Thursday.

Grades Oct 30 - Nov 3

Hi Garden Families,

It was a busy Halloween week at school!  The children began their Shelter’s block and are beginning their own shelter building in the forest with Mr. Lee and Ms. Kathee.  During this block, we will look all be learning about several types of shelters from around the world.  We are also each asked to create a model of a shelter at home and to write a short report about their shelter to share the last day of class before Thanksgiving break.  All are welcomed to participate!  We also began wood working this week with Mr. Lee; the children are focusing on using rasps and vices to form wooden cubes into balls.  Thank you to the parents who donated hammers and goggles from our wish list! 

Martinmas is just around the corner (November 9) and the children have been practicing a flute song with Ms. Kathee and we will be learning a few more songs this week and next as well.  Ms. Nina taught us correct place setting skills, Mr. Lee helped us to make tinder bundles for our morning fires at the playground, and we learned and celebrated the Day of the Dead with Don Andreas. 

Warmly,

Ms. Melissa and Ms. Kathee

Grades Oct 23 - 27

Dear Garden Families,

It was a fun and busy week as we finished our current blocks of Jataka Tales and Human and Animal.  The Lower Grades enjoyed the stories, crafts, drawings, summarizing stories and writing their own reader book.  They also acted out the story of The Hare in the Moon for the Upper Grades class and did a great job!  The Upper Grades had fun crafting, knitting reins on a lucent, casting deer tracks as well as learning to draw animals and writing about the various animals we read about.  The class also finished up their respective blocks creating unique animal quatrains (four-lined poems) with a partner and made animal nests using natural materials with Mr. Lee.

Starting Tuesday, we will begin a combined Grades block of Shelters Around the World for the next three week which will include a project completed at home as well as building a shelter together in the forest with Ms. Kathee and Mr. Lee.

This past week all the students enjoyed being together both inside for our rainy day and outside too!  We jumped rope by fours, played hopscotch by threes, used beanbags for math games and began pentatonic flute lessons with Ms. Kathee.  The children also wrote in their journals about various topics, worked in the garden, planted bulbs around the school entry, made sauerkraut and pickles and collected native plants for brewing tea at home to name a few of the fun activities.

Please remember to send your child with rubber boots for our creek play and thank you all for sending them with the necessary layers for our changing weather!  It is much more fun to be outside when we are dressed for it!

Warmly,

Ms. Melissa and Ms. Kathee

Kindergarten Oct 23 - 27

Fall is definitely here at The Garden School! The kindergarten students finished creating leaf rubbings using many different kinds of leaves from the forest floor. Miss Sonya told a story about pumpkins and gourds that were lumpy and bumpy and then we got to play with some very lumpy, bumpy pumpkins and gourds. Miss Jasmine taught us a lantern song that we will be singing on the Veterans Day Lantern Walk.

We worked to grind more cinnamon and nutmeg, and crushed garbanzo beans to make hummus for our snack. We played on the rocks in the creek. We visited the miniature donkey and the goats, Snow White and Prince Kudzu. Each day brought an opportunity for imaginative play as we rode on a stagecoach pulled by a powerful horse, cared for a snail that left a trail made of real silver, and dug in the sandbox for jewels buried by pirates. As they like to say in the Deep South, a good time was had by all!

Kindergarten Oct 16 - 20

The kindergarten enjoyed some gorgeous fall weather and a fun 5th birthday celebration for Eric and his Mom Anita. We worked to chop celery and zucchini for our soup and grind grain for our bread. We worked together to dig up a huge "golden stone" from the ground which we placed in the kindergarten classroom. We sewed our watercolor artwork into binders for new nature books that we will fill with drawings and bark rubbings. 

Miss Lindsey told a beautiful story about a mother spider and her babies. Miss Sonya taught us a fun song called "Froggy". We played with the colorful parachute. We walked over rocks through the creek. We walked to the garden to feed the miniature donkey and goats. And we had an archaeology dig in the sandbox where we discovered all kinds of bones, antlers, shells, and fossils.

Grades Oct 16 - 20

Hi Garden Families,

It is so nice to welcome in our cooler weather!  Please be sure your child/ren wear clothing appropriate for cooler mornings and warmer afternoons.  Also, now is the time to swap out water shoes for rubber boots as we will still being enjoying trips to the creek.  Finally, please label all you can of your child/ren’s outer wear.  It’s a big help for those items that get left behind during the day. 😊

We all enjoyed the week at school.  In Nature Study, the students learned and drew about invasive and native plants, while in Handwork the children worked steadily on their knitting.  It’s wonderful to see how much they have progressed so far this year!  In Spanish the children continue to play large and small group games while immersed in Spanish.  There is lots of laughter involved!  The first flute class was a great success as the students practiced one of the songs we will be singing at Martinmas on November 9th.  

This past week the children also wet felted hedgehogs as we continued our Human and Animal block and casted deer hoof prints found outside near our creek with Mr. Lee.  They wrote about the various animals as well as drew about them in their Master Books.  During the Jataka Tales block the students completed their reader books about cats and continued hearing, drawing and writing about the various tales.  The children also made wreaths out of kudzu as well as planted an herb garden for Ms. Nina with Ms. Kathee.

Warmly,

Ms. Melissa and Ms. Kathee

Kindergarten Oct 9 - 13

We had short days this week as we spent the afternoons in parent teacher conferences. We made the most of them though! We chopped celery and bell peppers for our Thursday soup. We use small grinders to grind cinnamon and nutmeg for our holiday spices. We finished up our water color sessions using red and yellow paints. We ate tiny snacks of fun cucumbers and juicy plums. Miss Sonya told us a story about a kindergarten student who turned into a snail and had to take a long journey back to The Garden School. We sang a new song about a snail's trail. We ate our snacks outdoors and collected the colorful leaves that are beginning to fall.

Grades Oct 9 - 13

Hi Garden Families,

Thank you all for a week of interesting and insightful conferences. We have enjoyed your children so much and it was lovely getting to share about their days and experiences in and out of school. 

We had a fun week that went by too fast!  The lower and upper grades continued working on their respective blocks of Jataka Tales and Human and Animal as well as working on mathematics. We began working on our Martinmas lanterns, cared for the animals and had fun combining Spanish class with helping and  learning in the kitchen.

In other news:  😊

Upper grades book reports are due the next two Mondays (Oct 16th and 23rd).  Please feel free to help guide your child as needed to include relevant information.  They enjoyed sharing in class about the life of their famous person and were excited to chose a new book.  If you need paper or supplies, please let us know.

We have decided to replace morning nature journals with Music time such as pentatonic flute lessons.  We are journaling in the afternoons with guided topics and feel that will be the best move forward for our class.

The Grades have posted a Wish List to support our Learning Farm and Garden activities and our coming Shelter block.  Kindergarten has a Wish List as well.  Please check them out and see the respective class teachers if you have any questions.  Thank you so much!

Warmly,

Ms. Melissa and Ms. Kathee

Grades Oct 2 - 6

Hi Garden Families,

We had a fun week last week!  The children enjoyed creek play, gardening (some children built a bridge!), math with Ms. Roxanne and cooking with Ms. Nina (the students learned to use a mandolin!).  In Spanish the children have been playing team guessing games that involve lots of cheering and laughter.  

We have also begun our Human and Animal block and our Jataka Tales blocks.   The upper grades are learning how humans and animals are similar and not so similar.  We also studied beavers with Mr. Lee and they students built their own dam as well as made their own beaver sticks (carrots).  The lower grades have made their own readers as well as enjoyed the stories with Ms. Kathee.

Please be prepared for our rainy weather this week!

Warmly,

Ms. Melissa and Ms. Kathee

Kindergarten Oct 2 - 6

The Garden School kindergarten was excited to return from Fall Break and get back to the business of play! Mr. Warren told us a story each day about a little boy and his star kite. Miss Lindsey taught us how to water color with red and yellow. Miss Sonya led us in sidewalk chalk art where we drew mermaids and rainbows and pirate ships. We sang a new song called "I Like to Eat Apples and Bananas" and ate bananas for a little snack on the playground. Then we slid down the new Banana Slide at the beach near the creek. We ate our snacks outdoors at the picnic tables. The weather was so pretty we stayed and ate our lunch outside too. Miss Naazneen shared traditions of Sharad Purnima, the Harvest Festival of the Hindu culture, and Miss Nina served us white bean quesadillas and cauliflower nachos to celebrate the eating of white foods on this special holiday. 

Grades Sept 18 - 22

Hi Garden Families,

We had a lovely week as we finished up both our Native Peoples and Beowulf blocks. The children really enjoyed the stories that accompanied this Language block. 

The Festival of Courage was great fun!  The Grades students did a fabulous job sharing their poem.  The grades 3-5 students did an excellent job with the bells too. Thank you to Ms. Kathee for preparing and leading the class for the poem and the bells!

Have a fun and safe fall break!

Warmly,

Ms. Melissa and Ms. Kathee

Kindergarten Sept 18 - 22

Kindergarten decided to celebrate the last full week of Summer by spending as much time outdoors as possible!  Ms. Sonya was out for the week with her family.  As a special treat Mr. Lee joined Ms. Lindsey and Mr. Warren with Kindergarten for the whole week!  We stayed on the playground for our morning circle and activities such as leather stamping, polishing wood, washboard laundry, practicing our sewing stitches and crayon drawing.  We enjoyed our morning snack at the picnic tables each day then headed into the forest for story and play.  Kindergarten loved seeing the grades students perform for the Festival of Courage and the story of the princess and the dragon. The javelin throw and silk flag dyeing were especially popular with the kindergarten children. Friday Ms. Lisa joined us for our morning circle and tea. Our time in the garden was spent feeding kudzu to the donkey and the goats. Afterward we all gathered down at the creek to cool down on a hot first day of Autumn. 

Grades Sept 11 - 15

Hi Garden Families,

It was a short week following our stormy weather, but we made the most of it!  The children were happy to be together again and enjoyed their time in handwork, gardening, nature study, music and painting.  The students have been really picking up on Spanish and have enjoyed touring the campus and garden while  learning names of all these places in Spanish this past week.  The students also worked more on math skills as well as language through either Native American stories or Beowulf.

This coming Thursday we will celebrate the Day of Courage.  Please join us if you can outside on our field at 2:00!

Warmly,

Ms. Melissa and Ms. Kathee

Kindergarten Sept 11 - 15

This fifth week of kindergarten was a short one thanks to Tropical Storm Irma. The water was too high and swift to play in the creek but we made the most of our time in the forest and garden. We learned to chop and peel, and prepared carrots, sweet peppers, spinach leaves, and apples for our morning snacks. Miss Sonya told us the story of Tiny Turtle and the Great Migration. We sang new songs about fairies and goblins, going to sea on a pirate ship, and waltzing with bears.

Kindergarten Sept 5 - 8

As we finish up our 4th week of school, it has been a delight to watch the kindergarten students become more comfortable and self-confident. Week by week they realize they have a safe home away from home where they are encouraged and cherished.

This week we found lots of new mushrooms that had popped up after the heavy rains. Miss Lisa told us a beautiful story during storytime of two children, a caterpillar, and a butterfly. We walked on the tightrope, built bridges out of wooden blocks, built a fort for the chipmunks, played with rocks and shells, chopped carrots and apples, and could not get enough of the sandbox!

Grades Classes Sept 5 - 8

Hi Garden Families, 

We had a busy, fun week at school, making the most of our short week. 
Grades One and Two began their block of Native American stories. They enjoyed drawing, painting and writing about the stories as well as having lots of fun building word families together.


Grades Three, Four and Five began their block of Beowulf. They revisited the Vimala (cursive) alphabet and began recording summaries based on the stories as well as modeling with clay and drawing pictures.

The Garden is looking wonderful and the animals are happy to see the children when they come!  Spanish class is lots of fun as the children are immersed in the language through games such as Pato, Pato, Ganso.  They enjoyed singing and dancing in music with Ms. Kathee and wet-on-wet painting based on their class stories with Ms. Melissa. 

The mornings are now much cooler (Yay!:).  Please send your child with layers that they can easily shed as the days warm back up. 

Warmly,

Ms. Melissa and Ms. Kathee

Kindergarten Aug 28 - Sept 1

Our third week of kindergarten was full of play!  We played in the creek and we played in the sandbox and we played on the swings and we played in the rain!  We built a fairy fort.  We listened to Aesop's fable about The Wolf and the Dog.  And we celebrated Rory's 6th birthday!

Grades Aug 28 - Sept 1

Dear Garden Families,

We had a lovely, and sometimes wet, week in the Grades class.  Thank you for sending your children ready for our wet weather!  While we tend to stay in during heavy rain, there are times when a rain walk is a great experience or we go outside while it is still very wet, so those boots and raincoats are needed.

We enjoyed our final week of our cooking block with Ms. Nina.  The children made and ate pasta and enjoyed their kombucha drink as well.  Starting next week, we will be in the kitchen with Ms. Nina in rotating groups on Mondays and Thursdays.  Please be sure your child has a hairnet of some kind stored in their backpacks. 

Students in grades Three and up chose biography books based on short blurbs describing an event in the famous person’s childhood.  They didn’t know whom they were picking until they got their book, which made it fun and surprising for the children.  We will be sending home master book paper next Thursday.  Please let us know if your child needs a loaner box of block crayons.  Grades One and Two will share in the book report experience starting next month!  

Have a lovely long weekend!

Happy Labor Day,

Ms. Melissa and Ms. Kathee