Middle Grades: Nov 12 - 16

By the end of this week, our students will have learned how to measure liquids, solids, lengths, widths, and weight, so please encourage them to help you measure at home.  We did not cover the metric system.  We will visit that sometime in the Spring.   And we haven't yet started our block on Money, but that's coming up soon.

I will be at a Training Institute all week, but I have a great substitute and class will go on without me.  At the end of the week, Lesley will begin our block on Ancient Crafts.  Between now and Christmas break we will be weaving, spinning wool, making a basket, and we may have time to make a pinched pot.  All of these will be woven into the telling of several stories from the Old Testament.  If any of you have expertise in these crafts, please give me a call, text, or email,  and then come and join us.  I could surely use an extra pair of hands!  This will be happening in the mornings between 9:30 and 11:00.

I want to share several stories of light with the students during our Opening Circle activities as the dark of winter comes upon us.  We will be talking about the importance of light, and how cultures have responded to the need of light and warmth.  We will be lighting a candle each morning, and we will be learning a verse by Rudolf Steiner about Advent in preparation for our Advent Spiral Walk.  I will also introduce them to the customs of other cultures for their celebrations of light.  If you have a story from your own tradition that you would like for our students to know about, please let me know, and I will incorporate the story/celebration into our day.

I hope that you all had a wonderful time of thanksgiving, and that our children are ready to get back to learning.