Sunflower Garden – In the Classroom


Sunflower Garden – Theatrical Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The children creating their theatrical company during our indoor play time

Sunflower Garden – A Note from Miss Kelly Sunday, October 8, 2017

Dear Sunflower Garden Parents,

“Oh, I wish me a galloping horse for to ride,
With a helmet of gold, and a sword at my side.
To the mountain I ride with a hey and a ho;
Against the old giant to battle I go;
Then I draw out my sword for a blow,
And I drive the old giant below!
Now, my pony, my pony, a-galloping go
Back to my home with a hey and a ho,
Where my Mother awaits me and smiles with delight,
For I bring her a basket of red apples bright.”

Themes of courage and heroism mingle with themes of homely comfort and nourishment in our circle plays, stories, and in playtime too. As the exciting Autumn winds stir us to new adventures, Mother Earth is calling her seed-children home to rest…

It was lovely to see so many of you enjoying our Harvest Festival last weekend. What glorious weather it was! We also had perfect weather for our apple-processing day on Tuesday– plenty of breeze to shoo the bees, lovely sunshine, and seasonable temperature… We peeled, cored, and chopped SO MANY apples! We will continue to enjoy our delicious applesauce with our porridge and with our granola for at least a couple more weeks.

This week in playtime the children have made so many “puppet plays” with our beautiful toys. It is delightful to see the children working together in groups to create these completely child-initiated story experiences. Yesterday, we actually had three different theater companies creating three different scenarios on three different “stages”—quite naturally it came about that the audience sat in the middle and turned around to view each play at the right time; and the players shifted into and out of audience mode so smoothly and attended so politely to each others’ stories– and the final curtain was just in time for clean-up time with perfect agreement. (Clean-ups are going pretty smoothly, too, as we are all becoming accustomed to how our room has a place for everything.) Your children are so full of imagination!

Very Warmly,
Elizabeth Kelly

Sunflower Garden – Autumn Winds Thursday, October 5, 2017

“…then there was a whistling around the wall, and a singing around the house, and with a hey and a ho, the Autumn Winds blew into the garden: ‘Arise, arise, Mother Earth’s children! Arise and dance!’ The winds were whistling and singing in branches and in bushes, and one by one, Mother Earth’s children flew into the air…”

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!

Early Childhood – Helping Friday, September 29, 2017

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

Sunflower Garden – Autumn Nature Table Wednesday, September 27, 2017

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!

Sunflower Garden – Birthdays, Ponies, Apples & Oaks Sunday, September 24, 2017

Happy Sunday, Dear Parents;

Thanks so much to our latest birthday boy’s family for attending his school birthday celebration last week. It was lovely to have you at school with us. The Sunflowers now have two six-year olds, and we have several more birthdays to come in the near future.

In our circle time, we have left the bees and have been riding our ponies out to the orchard—there are many things to see along the way! And, we are enjoying gathering apples into our (imaginary) baskets and bringing them home (of course pony gets one to munch in thanks for our day’s ride…)

Trot, trot, trot;
Go and never stop!
Trot along my little pony,
Where it’s steep and where it’s stony;
Trot trot trot trot trot;
Now it’s time to stop! (whoa, ponies!)
Our Early Childhood team has decided to put off our annual apple processing day (when we’ll peel, core, and cut as many apples as we have on hand, outdoors in the morning—and make delicious applesauce inside in our classroom). We will wait a few more days for more autumnal weather (please?). We are hoping to do our apple processing on Tuesday Oct 3rd.

 

I know a gnome who has his home
Right in the middle of an oak tree.
He wears a hat
And breeches that
Are all of the color of the oak tree.
Two squirrels live above his head
A family of rabbits beneath his bed
I keep them warm and safe, he said
All in the shelter of my oak tree.
It is a delight to work and play with these little and big Sunflowers!
Blessings;
Elizabeth Kelly
Sunflower Garden – Welcome Sunday, September 10, 2017

“The earth is firm beneath my feet,
the sun shines bright above;
And here stand I so straight and strong,
all things to know and love.

Kind hearts are gardens>
Kind thoughts are roots
Kind words are flowers
Kind deeds are fruits”

What a sweet class of children! They have made a very good start to our school year. Thank-you all so much for your patience with misplaced jackets (we found them both!), helping us get used to picking up children from the bus, bringing food for our bounteous school picnic, and for all your parental care and guidance this past week!

The children are getting to know a new classroom, and are falling easily into new and old routines. They are also getting to know new classmates, and greeting old classmates anew. I can see the beginnings of some firm friendships as the children feel what they share in common, and what excites them about each other. They are wonderful story-listeners, and such quick, agile and musical circle-time learners!

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.”

The children are playing with great verve and enthusiasm, both indoors and out. We had our first beeswax modeling and woodworking days, and this coming week we will begin painting, baking, and more… They seem to be enjoying their snacks (I only heard one “I don’t like it”!), and our transition times are very smooth considering it’s our first week.

Warmly,
Elizabeth Kelly

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!