Grades Classes May 8 - 12

Dear Garden Families,

The children enjoyed practicing and then preforming at the Mother’s Day Tea this past week.  They put in a lot of hours into practice, crafting and preparing snacks for all to enjoy and had a fun time doing it!  We also had fun playing math games with Ms. Roxanne and in class, and all especially enjoyed boat making from natural materials with Mr. Lee.

As we wrap up our last week at school, we will enjoy our last visits to the creek, our times with our various expansion teachers, and being with each other! 😊

Warmly,

Ms. Melissa

Kindergarten May 8 - 12

It was a busy week for the Garden School. Kindergarten celebrated two summer birthdays, Carden and Nico.  Plus, we were able to spend more time with our school goats! The grades put on an excellent play for Mother's Day on Friday, as well as a nice tea and snack party for all of the moms! Glad to see summer come but hate to see all the faces leave us. We wrap up school after next week.....summer is here! 

Grades Classes May 1 - 5

Dear Garden Families,

We had a great week together!  The children are enjoying practicing for the Mother's Day play.  They are learning their parts and learning how to move their puppets.  They also have been spending time crafting and cooking as they make gifts to give.  We had a fun last week in Japanese, which wraps up our foreign language experiences for this school year.  Games class was changed (due to the wet weather) to a fun fact-filled nature walk with Mr. Lee.  The children created drawings and writings all about our discoveries.

Next week will bring us to more crafting and play practice.  We hope to see you at the Mother's Day Tea on Friday morning!

Warmly,

Ms. Melissa

Kindergarten May 1 - 5

With only 10 school days left we still manage to fulfill our adventures. We have two new goats added to our beautiful school, and with time they will help our school grow even more. From mudpies to homemade bandages...we continue to embrace the beautiful weather. Until next time!

Kindergarten April 24 - 28

School is getting busier as we start wrapping up our year. This past week we enjoyed celebrating Noah's 6th birthday. Wet play is still among us as we approach Summer in full swing!! Until next time!

Week of April 24 - 28

Miss Angela with Grades 4,3,2,1...

GARDENing Monday and Wednesday 9:10-10:00.

Creek/Nature Study 10:30-11:00

Japanese 11:15-12:00

Watercolors Tuesday 2:00-2:45

Character-building Read-Aloud

Handwork, Monday and Thursday 2:00-2:45

Please continue motivating your 3rd/4th grade child to practice on weekdays, especially through the summer..... 30 minutes of reading with a written one sentence response to the reading selection. Break in between..... Also, 30 minutes of mental math practice and on paper one problem and solution of 2 digit +,-,x,/. Refer to distribution method examples below. 🍯Angela

Grades 1/2 April 24 - 28

Dear Garden Families,

We have had a busy week!  We have been studying and drawing native plants as well as writing summaries and narratives based on Native American stories we have been reading.  Gardening has been productive as we moved a lot of mulch to try and combat the ever-present kudzu.  We ended the week, saying good-bye to Ms. Angela, with an adventurous creek walk!

This coming week the upper grades children will practice mathematics with Ms. Roxanne while the lower grades garden with Mr. Michael.  All children will continue with our nature studies and practice for our Mother’s Day tea puppet play, make crafts and enjoy the rest of our days together for class.

Warmly,

Ms. Melissa 

Week of April 17 - 21

Dear Garden Families,

Here is my note of appreciation for a wonderful 2016 summer camp and school year. As of May 1, the Grades students will combine into one class led by Ms. Melissa. Instead of The Garden School of Marietta, I will join DeKalb County Parks implementing the wealth of instructional approaches I have gained while teaching at The Garden School...Waldorf and Forest School. Thanks for sharing your family with me and entrusting your children to me.

With appreciation,
Angela Sauvé

 

Here are some grades 4,3,(2,1) highlights with Ms. Angela.

Picnic Lunch everyday!

Picnic Lunch everyday!

Math practice while learning about the snapping turtle.

Math practice while learning about the snapping turtle.

Picnic Lunch Everyday!

Picnic Lunch Everyday!

Preparing new garden beds.

Preparing new garden beds.

Reading about animals and creating calculations while enjoying the shelter classroom

Reading about animals and creating calculations while enjoying the shelter classroom

Reading about animals and creating calculations while enjoying the shelter classroom

Reading about animals and creating calculations while enjoying the shelter classroom

Reading about animals and creating calculations while enjoying the shelter classroom

Reading about animals and creating calculations while enjoying the shelter classroom

Reading about animals and creating calculations while enjoying the shelter classroom

Reading about animals and creating calculations while enjoying the shelter classroom

Reading about animals and creating calculations while enjoying the shelter classroom

Reading about animals and creating calculations while enjoying the shelter classroom

Kindergarten April 17 - 21

We had a great week this week in KDG. With only a few weeks left our school remains to stay busy with new visiting guest like Devon. Plus we had a busy week celebrating Elainas and Samanthas birthdays. As school begins to wrap up...I wonder what KDG will bring before the school year is over. Until next week!!

Click here to read Ms. Angela's goodbye message. 

Grades 1/2 April 17 - 21

Hi Garden Families, 

We had a busy week at school! We read the stories The Four Winds, The Length of Winter and Kluskap Finds the Summer and copied or wrote summaries independently based on each story as well as drawing pictures and making yarn flowers. We have been reading about insects and have learned some fascinating facts about dragonflies! The creek holds its usual enchantments for the children as well. :) 


Starting this week we will have Gardening class Mondays and Wednesdays starting at 9:10AM through the end of the school year. Please be sure your child has used the bathroom when he/she arrives and brings water shoes, snack and a full water bottle to the playground in the morning. 

Warmly, 
Ms. Melissa

Click here to read Ms. Angela's goodbye message. 

 

Grades 1/2 April 10 - 14

Hi Garden Families,

The children enjoyed coming back after spring break and getting back into the fun of outside play!  Please make certain your child has appropriate footwear for the creek.  An extra pair of socks and shoes is also very helpful for most students.  We are also getting wet once again, so extra clothes and a bag for wet clothes is needed.

We are enjoying Native American stories that give us opportunity to learn more about the natural world around us.  It was also a lot of fun, and very interesting, learning more about each other’s names and our families. 

I hope you all had a chance to enjoy our Springtide festivities this past Saturday!

Warmly,

Ms. Melissa

P.S. The “critter” in the bucket in the photo is an American Eel that lives in our creek! 😊

Kindergarten April 10 - 14

We were happy this week to be back playing together after spring break. We saw and explored lots of things; a salamander, beaver sticks, snail trails, river oysters, caterpillars, and sniffed the wild roses and jasmine. We also crossed the creek bridge!

 

Grades 1/2 March 27 - 31

Hi Garden Families,

It was a beautiful spring week at The Garden School!  We enjoyed a lot of outside time at the creek.  The children are ready to dive back into full-on creek play (literally), so please be sure your child comes with extra clothes, shoes and a bag to keep wet gear contained in backpacks.  You may choose to send your child to school with bug spray if desired as we will be spending most our day outside in our forest classroom following break. 😊

This past week we finished our math block with the red gnome named Divide.  The children quickly picked up on the concept of dividing amounts into equal groups and we drew many connections between division and the other three mathematical operations we have studied.

The children had lots of fun during pentatonic flute classes this week with Mr. Ben.  He had them jumping and moving to the notes, told funny stories, and had the children enjoying their daily lessons.   In Handwork, they are continue knitting projects with good success.  Our garden is taking off and the chicken coop is nearing completion.  The children have had lots of fun practicing yoga with Ms. Nina on Wednesdays as well.

When we return to school following break, we will dive into our last Language block combined with Nature Studies while sharing Native American legends. 

Have a lovely and safe break!

Warmly,

Ms. Melissa

Kindergarten March 27 - 31

Busy week in kindergarten before our springbreak rest. We were able to spend more time with Ms. Tammy this week and continue her gardening project. On top of that we had many opportunities to interact with our baby chicks and include them with part of our free play! New faces continue to filter in and out of our room...hinting to us that next year will be even busier!  Until next week!

Grades 1/2 March 20 - 24

Hi Garden Families,

We had a great week with the yellow gnome named Times.  We spent our mornings working with gems to figure out how multiplication works.  The children really enjoyed taking a group of gems and seeing how many ways they could be grouped for faster counting (multiplication).  We also practice form drawing with circles which takes some practice and patience.  We are back to playing in and around the creek this week with the nicer weather.  We saw a Yellow Belly water snake (our best guess😊), snails, minnows, and many macroinvertebrates. 

The children all helped to make and tasted mango lassies on the last Thursday of Hindi class.  Next week we will begin learning American Sign Language.  They also had so much fun playing Camel Tag and Blindman’s Bluff in Games class.  For Handwork, the children wet felted around plastic eggs, an activity offered at our Springtide festival on April 15th, as well as continued working on their knitting projects.  Our garden is starting to show its signed of springs as the seeds the children planted are now seedlings and being replanted into our garden beds!  The watering crew worked very hard bringing water from the pond to our new plants too.

Spring has sprung!  Please check your child’s backpack and be sure that their extra clothes are in place and updated for our spring weather.  They will be getting wet once again and a change of clothes is necessary as well as extra shoes for inside (or boots for outside).  Jacket are still needed in the early mornings as is full rain gear (pants too please).  Every child has had their water bottles (yay!) which becomes even more necessary as it warms up.  Thank you all!

Have a lovely week,

Ms. Melissa

Kindergarten March 20 - 24

This week in kindergarten we started our new spring circle! New songs and rhythms are added to our day. We also welcomed back Ms. Tammy for a few days. We enjoyed a visit from a new and prosper student Nicolas. The class finished up our week with Ms. Tammy leading a great gardening project. Until next week! 

Week of March 20 - 24

Namaste,
We leave the Hindi language and on to American Sign Language. At other times of day, every purposed and spontaneous opportunity leads us into appreciation of and practice with reading, writing, calculations, fractions, time, wildlife and relationships.

Watercolor

More Watercolor

Yellow Banded Watersnake

Mr. Lee's games are a favorite!

Aquatic Dragonfly Larva

Aquatic Fly Larva

Reading & Writing

Self Portrait using Times Tables