Apple Blossom Garden – In the Classroom

Apple Blossom Garden – Welcome Spring! Saturday, March 17, 2018

Apple Blossom Garden’s play from start to finish. Sleeping root children and bug friends. Mother Earth wakens root children with song and cloth to make new clothes. Root children wake and wash beetles, ladybugs and bumblebees. All emerge through mother earth’s gate to welcome spring!

Apple Blossom Garden – Handwork Saturday, March 10, 2018

On Thursday we had a guest in our room, Mrs. Griffith, the handwork teacher. She brought a very special gift for our Mighty Oaks – little balls of yarn for finger knitting.

Apple Blossom Garden – Seasons & Nature Table Saturday, March 10, 2018

Mrs. Thaw is in the town. King Winter is traveling back to North Pole!

Play is the Work of Early Childhood Saturday, March 10, 2018

Whether we are chipping at ice, grinding grain, churning cream into butter, or using an orange cone and stick to pretend to churn cream into butter… it’s all work in early childhood!

Apple Blossom Garden – Playground Fun Thursday, February 22, 2018

Early Childhood – Merry Mudmas! Thursday, February 22, 2018

Thank you for sending appropriate rain gear – it has been put to fun use!

Happy Valentine’s Day from Early Childhood! Friday, February 16, 2018

Our students enjoyed Valentine’s Day tremendously, sharing their love with beautiful, handmade hearts and gifts for their classmates, teachers and others. It was a very sweet day in our classrooms and hallways as little hands delivered their gifts with excitement and smiles!

Apple Blossom Garden – Winter Fun! Friday, February 16, 2018

Winter fun in the Apple Blossom Garden!

Early Childhood – Icicle Castles Friday, February 16, 2018

Early Childhood students making icicle castles.

Apple Blossom Garden – A Word from Mrs. Ieva Monday, February 12, 2018

Merry little snowflakes falling through the air,
Resting on the rooftops and tall trees everywhere,
Covering the fences, capping every post
Covering the hillside where we like to coast.
Merry little snowflakes do their very best
To make a soft, white blanket so buds and flowers my rest.
But when the bright sunshine comes out and says it is time to stay
Those merry little snowflakes quickly run away.

Dear Families,

The children have been enjoying our outside playtimes at school so much with all the wonderful snow! I hope you had a wonderful weekend enjoying the snow with your little ones too.
Thank you to ALL who where able to come to our class meeting. I hope it had enough enjoyment and information. 🙂
Tomorrow we won’t go to “magic woods” but our plan is to spend as much time as possible playing in the snow.
On Tuesday we will celebrate a summer birthday.
On Wednesday we are planning to have ALL 20 children at school for our Valentine’s day celebration.
In our story time, the children our acting out “The Mitten” story. It is so much fun! I think they would like to act it out until the end of the year. 🙂 Here are some photos from the play for you to enjoy!

Mrs. Ieva

Extended Day is Extending to Five Days Per Week Friday, February 9, 2018

Due to increased enrollment our Early Childhood teachers will now be hosting Extended Day five days per week!

Extended Day begins after our regular early childhood classes end and takes place from 12:30-3:30p.m., now Monday – Friday in both Apple Blossom Garden and Sunflower Garden classrooms. Wonder Garden children will be will be divided between these two classrooms if they stay for Extended Day.

Extended Day families are welcome to order hot lunch from our lunch program or send your own healthy and balanced lunch from home. During Extended Day the children have lunch, hear a story, enjoy a relaxing lavender foot bath, and take a nice rest. Children should bring two small blankets and a small pillow. A cot is provided.

Please contact the office or your child’s teacher for more information or to sign up!

Apple Blossom Garden – “The Mitten” Friday, February 9, 2018

Apple Blossom Garden had fun this week putting on a play, “The Mitten.”




Apple Blossom Garden – Play Date Friday, February 9, 2018

Some of our Apple Blossom Gardeners enjoyed a play date at the library this week! We love the way our families build friendships!

Apple Blossom Garden – Ukranian Tale Monday, February 5, 2018

In Apple Blossom Garden, Mrs. Ieva is showing the children a Ukrainian tale.

Apple Blossom Garden – Puppet Shows Monday, February 5, 2018

Children are using their imaginations and playing out their own puppet shows during free play time!

Apple Blossom Garden – Obstacle Course Saturday, January 27, 2018

Moments this week from the Apple Blossom Garden’s winter obstacle course, also known as the “Snow Making Factory,” where little ones build coordination and core strength while having tons of fun! 


Apple Blossom Garden – Beeswax Modeling Saturday, January 27, 2018

Penguins, modeled from beeswax by our Apple Blossom Gardeners.

Beeswax modeling allows for artistic expression across multiple senses, while building fine motor sills.

Apple Blossom Garden – January Story Friday, January 19, 2018

January Story – The Winter Garden

King Winter went walking one day oh so cold,
He called to the snow clouds, so it is told.
Come snowflakes, come dancing down to the ground,
‘Tis time for the earth to not make a sound.
Your silence and calm, and peaceful white cheer,
Brings good will to all and welcomes the year!

It was early in the new year and the winds blew icy from the north. It was the coldest day of the winter. King Winter went walking through the falling snow across the land and he heard something. It was sounds from the animals…

“Yip, yip,” called the Fox.
“Thump, thump,” drummed Rabbit.
“Tap, tap, tap,” deer’s hoof on the frozen ground rang out in the cold air,
And brown bear’s tummy growled from his winter cave.
Squirrel chittered,
And Robin sang a sad song.

‘The animals are hungry’ thought King Winter. ‘I know just what to do.’ King Winter called to the old wise gnome who dwelt in winter’s hidden garden below the earth.

Very soon, an old gnome came trudging through the snow. ‘Here I am dear King,’ said the old wise gnome.

‘The animals are hungry,’ King Winter said to his trusted old friend, ‘and there is a long cold winter ahead. I need your help.’ ‘Go to the deepest cavern of the earth where seeds are being cared for until spring. Go to your hidden winter-land garden, the earth’s root cellar. Make soup from roots and seeds and grains. I will build a shelter fit for a winter feast for the animals.’

Old wise gnome bowed and went to prepare food for the cold and hungry forest creatures.

King Winter then called to the snow children to make a large, sturdy snow cave big enough for the animals to find shelter from the wind.

King winter brought candles to the cave to shine light and give warmth.

Gnome and his helpers were busy preparing food in the winter garden beneath the ground, and when it was ready, they brought steaming soup for all.

King Winter called to the animals, ‘come, come and feast and warm yourselves dear forest friends.’

One by one the animals came to the welcoming snow cave. Fox, deer, rabbit, bear, squirrel, and robin too all came and ate the good warming soup.

How grateful they were.

King Winter and the old wise gnome left piles of grain and seed for them. Enough to feed them until spring.

King Winter looked at the animals gathered in warmth, safe shelter, with food and friendship. He looked at the old wise gnome and they nodded to each other. Their work was done, it was time for the old wise gnome to go back to the winter garden and keep caring for the roots and seeds getting them ready for spring. And King Winter walked on over the snowy land, unfolding winter and caring for all.

King Winter went walking one day oh so cold,
He called to the snow clouds, so it is told.
Come snowflakes, come dancing down to the ground,
Tis time for the earth to not make a sound.
Your silence and calm, and peaceful white cheer,
Brings good will to all and welcomes the year!

The End

Early Childhood – Fun in the Snow! Friday, January 19, 2018
Apple Blossom Garden – King Winter Friday, January 19, 2018
King Winter now is in the land
He reins with cold and freezing hand
He makes Jack Frost touch nose and toes
Apple Blossom Garden – Holiday Magic Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Holiday Magic in the Apple Blossom Garden classroom.

Apple Blossom Garden – Advent Nature Table Friday, December 15, 2017

Our Advent nature table.

Apple Blossom Garden – Our First Snow Friday, December 15, 2017

Our first snow!

Apple Blossom Garden: St. Nicholas Friday, December 8, 2017

A surprise visit from St. Nicholas and Rupert in Apple Blossom Garden!





Apple Blossom Garden – Magic Forest Friday, December 1, 2017

Apple Blossom Garden adventures in the Magic Forest!

Apple Blossom Garden Kindergarten: Painting Friday, December 1, 2017

Blue meets yellow in wet-on-wet painting in kindergarten class.

Apple Blossom Garden – Thankful Saturday, November 18, 2017

At dinner time
our table is this size.
There is a place for
Father, Mother
Sister and me.
But when Thanksgiving comes,
You can barely believe your eyes.
The same table grows
to about this size.

In Apple Blossom Garden we are thankful for baby brothers, pets, finger knitting, Christmas, family, flowers, everything, teachers, movie night, the middle of nowhere, pretzels, myself, school and bows.

Photo: Guests at our beeswax Thanksgiving feast.

Early Childhood Lantern Walk – Glimpses Friday, November 17, 2017
Apple Blossom Garden – Movement Adventures Friday, November 17, 2017

Movement adventures in Apple Blossom Garden.

Apple Blossom Garden – Outside Fun Friday, November 10, 2017

Early Childhood – Lanterns Friday, November 10, 2017

Early Childhood Lanterns – getting ready for lantern walk.

Apple Blossom Garden – Snack Time Friday, November 10, 2017

Snack time in Apple Blossom Garden before Lantern Walk.

Apple Blossom Garden – Beeswax Leaves Friday, November 3, 2017

Leaves are falling to the ground, yellow, brown, and red.
Like a pitter patter rain, one fell on my head.

Beeswax leaf creations in Apple Blossom Garden.

Apple Blossom Garden – A loose tooth? Thursday, October 26, 2017

A loose tooth?

Apple Blossom Garden – Hike Thursday, October 26, 2017

The Apple Blossom Garden’s first hike to the “Magic Woods.”

Early Childhood – Outdoor Play Thursday, October 19, 2017

Enjoying the fall season!

Apple Blossom Garden – Watercolor Painting Thursday, October 19, 2017

In Apple Blossom Garden wet on wet painting. Red meets yellow.


Apple Blossom Garden – A Note from Mrs. Ieva Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Dear Families,

HIKE DAY ~ We will begin our weekly Monday hike on Monday, October 23. Please dress for the weather and plan to pick up your child inside on hike days. Please make sure your Monday hiking child has a good night’s sleep, fortifying breakfast, and clothes that can handle what the woods may offer…including burrs! (Hats, mittens, rain pants or snow pants are expected based on the weather. Please make a bathroom stop before joining us on the play yard! Also, please no dresses or skirts for the girls and I would suggest pony tails or braids too)!

Starting next Friday, we are going to start to make soup. Our first soup will have potatoes from our own school garden! If you would like to share any veggies from your own garden, we would enjoy it very much!

In our circle time we are playing “Farmer Brown in Bungalow Town” game, where every child has a turn to be Framer Brown.

In our story time I started to tell the story “Harvest time”.  It is a cute story where a hedgehog family helps Grandpa Murphy harvest vegetables while he is having a long nap.
Mrs. Ieva

Apple Blossom Garden – Imitation Play Friday, October 13, 2017
After watching puppet show “A Little Red House with No Windows, No Doors and Star Inside,” Apple Blossom Garden children are playing out the story.
Apple Blossom Garden – A note from Mrs. Ieva Tuesday, October 10, 2017

When I’m grown up, grown strong as an oak,

I’ll tame the wild dragon with one mighty stroke.

When I’m grown up, grown big as the world.

I’ll ride forth a hero with my banner unfurled.

Dear Families,

I would like to warmly welcome a new “mighty oak” Vaughn in our class. As well as his mom and dad Morgan and Mark Branson into our community!

What a weather change we had today! Pure autumn with some rain drops and whirling wind. Please make sure your children have proper outdoor gear.

For the last week and a half we have been starting our day with a little walk through the prairie (you can see some photos in our schools news letter). It is quite magical, especially when sun is shining.

Today we painted with wet-on-wet watercolor exploring the colors yellow and red and we’re going through the process of how we will paint and care for our materials. I hope to give you a chance to watercolor paint at our next class meeting. (The date is not set yet, but will soon be :))

We have had some changes in our snack schedule, adding some lentils and sauerkraut. Please enjoy the attachment with the most recent snack and activity update.

For the next couple weeks I will  continue to work with “Mighty Oaks” on tying bows and encourage this work at home, as well as finger knitting.

Please enjoy some of autumn activity ideas:

  1. Collect Leaves! We are at the beginning of the height of colors for the autumn season, so please get outside, take a hike, and enjoy time in nature and the changing of the trees. If you find small/medium size leaves about the size of your palm, please collect, press in a book (put heavy books on top), and use later to decorate your table.
  2. Carve a pumpkin and/or bake one to make into pumpkin pie, muffins, or whatever you desire. Be sure to bake the seeds.
  3. Relax and enjoy each other’s company ~ play a game, read a book together, rake leaves and jump in them, sit around a fire.

Mrs. Ieva

Early Childhood – Apple Processing Day Wednesday, October 4, 2017
What a perfect day it was Tuesday for apple washing, polishing, peeling, and chopping in our Early Childhood classrooms!

Keeping little hands busy!

Apple Blossom Garden – Prairie Walks Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Apple Blossom children are starting their day with a walk through the Prairie.

“Healing the broken bond between our young and nature is in our self interest,
not only because aesthetics or justice demands it, but also because our
mental, physical, and spiritual health depends on it.”
—Richard Louv
Apple Blossom Garden – A Word From Mrs. Ieva Monday, October 2, 2017

Thanks so much to all who attended our first parent evening! It was wonderful to sit together, to share some tea and good conversations, and to learn a bit more about your child and yourselves. And also thank you so much for all of your help at the Harvest Festival. What a glorious day we had!

Last week I finished showing the puppet show “A little red house with no doors, no windows and star inside” (This week we will play it out. Shh. It is a secret.)

Our circle time imagination has been a story of Honey-bee, who visits three very different flowers, and tells each one a secret — which fruit each will become, with help from the bee, and the sun’s magic power.

“Inside the hive a treasure is made
Inside the honeycomb, honey is laid.
Inside the hive it is dark as night
Where bees make honey
From sun’s golden light.”

On Thursday we worked with wool and made little Honey bees. These little bees inspired children to create their own puppet show.

This week we entered the season of Michaelmas…a time for taming dragons, taking up one’s courage, and doing GOOD in this world. In that spirit, Mrs. Jen will grind grains with children on Monday, which we will make into bread on Wednesday. It will be a special dragon bread with treasures (almonds and raisins) inside.

On another note, in our circle time we will have a special “knighting” ceremony each day. A few different children each day will be “knighted” to go forth and do good deeds. They will choose a special treasure from a bag to take home. No need to talk to your child about this…help me keep it special. I just want you to know that you may see a special treasure come home, and it is a gift.

Tuesday morning we will have lots of outdoor morning play, and apple washing. We’ll peel and chop apples to make apple sauce for all three classes.


Mrs. Ieva

Apple Blossom Garden – Inspired Creativity Friday, September 29, 2017

On Thursday Apple Blossom children worked with wool—making little bees. This inspired them to create and perform their own play.

Early Childhood – Helping Friday, September 29, 2017

Early Childhood children are helping to sand new cutting boards for Wonder Garden.

Apple Blossom Garden – Finger Knitting Friday, September 29, 2017

Mighty Oaks are starting to finger knit in Apple Blossom Garden.

Early Childhood – On the Playground Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Children from Apple Blossom Garden, Sunflower Garden, and Wonder Garden have enjoyed playing and exploring outside during these last hot days of the season!

Apple Blossom Garden – Fall Nature Table Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The beautiful, seasonal nature table in Apple Blossom Garden.

Apple Blossom Garden – First Weeks Sunday, September 17, 2017

Dear Families,

Thank you all for helping your children transition so smoothly to coming to school. As first weeks go in early childhood, it was smooth!!!! The children got along playing enthusiastically, and our circle time and story time was well attended by our young ones. I’m thankful to have seven Mighty Oaks (those children six or turning six this school year) who set such a good example, offered a friendly, helping hand, and were so eager to help.

These first two weeks at school we focused on holding a strong daily rhythm. This will be the focus of September as we learn what is expected and find our place in the culture of our classroom.

We had our first beeswax modeling, painting, and baking.

In story time, as Michaelmas time is approaching, I told the story of a boy whose father helped him make a kite. The kite traveled all the way to the stars and received Angel Michael’s blessing, eventually turning into the shining sword and helping the boy do good deeds in the world.

Last week I started doing some fine motor work with our “Mighty Oaks.” I am showing them how to tie a butterfly bow. They are learning to tie first knots and then working this into making a bow which will come in very handy on bread making day when we tie aprons on each other with butterfly bows in the back. Please encourage tying at home with your six-year-old and soon to be six year old children.

Mrs. Jen had brought to our classroom monarch chrysalis. We have seen about 5 butterflies emerge and fly away. What a beauty!

Ms. Jen and I thank you for your children. They are a book that has never been read and is continually being written, so we have much to learn from them!

If you have any questions about the classroom or your child’s experience, please don’t hesitate to check in with me. Thanks so much.



In the Classroom Monday, September 4, 2017

In the Classroom

Follow each class through the school year. Visit often to enjoy photos and information about curriculum, field trips, exciting happenings, special moments, celebrations and more.

Stay tuned—this year’s  journey begins September 5th!