Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The winter show

It's time for the winter showcase at CGMS.  If you didn't get a chance to see some of the children's work during conferences, please stop by the school to experience the show before the end of the year.  Here is a teaser:

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

potato soup from the children's garden

 First we harvested our vegetables...
 next we talked about the harvest ... then scrubbed the produce...
 Peeled them.... and cut them
 Once all the veggies were cut we went to the garden to collect some sage, chives and thyme...
 And added it to the crockpot.
 We cooked the potatoes', celery, onions and a few other garden veggies in the crock pot over night, along with enough broth to cover.
 In the morning we blended the soup adding a few more chives, salt, pepper and milk.
The result was delicious!!

Friday, November 4, 2016

Painting with the toddlers

The toddlers and I spent the day experimenting with wax crayons and liquid watercolor on hot-pressed water color paper.
To facilitate some color differentiation, each child worked with a single color at a time.  This was not only an aesthetic choice. I wanted the children to experience the full saturation of each color and how adding different hues over time changed the piece....sometimes blending and other times overlaying depending on the wetness of the underlying color.  I also attempted to offer lighter colors first to further this investigation.
The use of brushes and drawing tools foster strength of the hand, pincer grip and more...all indirect preparations for the writing and drawing ahead.
 It was yet another beautiful day with the toddlers.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Dia de los muertes

Happy Dia de los muertes!!!  We celebrated the ebb and flow of life as a whole school, courtesy of a CGMS family with roots in Mexico.
Sylvia and Alex set up a beautiful seasonal alter before joining us for a school wide assembly in both the morning and afternoon programs.  Together they shared some of the traditions surrounding this celebration, sensitively and brightly communicating the cycle of life and death and how the Mexican culture celebrates the departed on this special day.
When we finished the children returned to their classes and everyone was invited into studio where we made corn tortillas and enjoyed them with fresh pinto beans and salsa.

 A good time was had by all.
Our deep gratitude to the Salcedo-Rojas' family for generously sharing their family/cultural traditions with our school! These experiences deepen our cultural awareness and enrich our program immensely.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Pumpkins and Autumn with the Toddler class

The toddlers spent the day exploring pumpkins through the senses.  First we dug the slimy seeds out, smelling the wonderful aroma of fresh pumpkin.
 We then roasted the seeds...
 And listened to the sound of seeds rattling in the bowl before eating the roasted seeds... which tasted "a lot like popcorn".
 Next, we colored tissue paper leaves....
And the leaves were hung on the ceiling outside the classroom as a surprise for the children.  The display was greeted with wonder and awe.
To continue the exploration at home, here is a song we sang awhile looking at the laminated pumpkin.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

It takes a village...

The 440 class has had a number of parents already lending their talents to the class!  
 One parent came in to make grilled cheese sandwiches with sliced cucumbers.
 The children agreed that they were delicious!
Another parent brought in a glittery palette of paints and mini pumpkins for the children to decorate.  The results were stunning.
And today we had a parent and two siblings join the afternoon class for pumpkin carving!!
It really does take a village to raise a child.  Whenever we come together, sharing our enthusiasm and inspirations alongside the children, our community is enriched and our learning is shared and deepened.
If you want to hear about other ways to get involved, please ask me or your classroom teachers... we are all eager to share.