We are so excited to experience the power of the total solar eclipse this Monday! We will not, however, be outside attempting to view the eclipse, risking keeping the children's eyes covered or using homemade viewing devices. We did not think it wise to order safety viewing glasses, either.
I will ask staff to move the children inside for lunch beginning at 11:30am, followed by our normal rest time. We will not return outside with the children until 3:00pm Monday.
Here is the time table for the eclipse in Austin:
11:41 am Mon, Aug 21
Partial Eclipse begins The Moon...
I would love to be a kid at Farm School...
You can take your shoes off inside.
People know your parents and grandparents and nanny and so on.
Your teachers make food for you.
You smell food simmering or toasting or baking before a meal.
You get to eat Farm School bread. And even if you are gluten-free, the smell of fresh bread baking is imprinted on your soul.
You use real cutlery and dishes.
You use flannel cloth napkins made by a real grandma.
You learn to cook and wash dishes and use a real knife.
You learn to wash tables and toys. You learn to use a broom.
The magic of Farm School occurs when you come and stay.
The first phase of childhood can't be rushed--it is a unique and magical time unto itself. There is no way to become five or six years old early. Early childhood can't be a race to stuff knowledge or experiences into a child.
If we slow down, childhood is an unfolding of a little Being right before our eyes. Children relaxed and at peace can get down to the work of childhood, which, I share with parents, can be likened to cups waiting to be filled by the child--fine and gross motor skills, communication skills, social skills, emotional...
Earlier this summer, we travelled to Europe, ending our travels in Italy. I love getting new family menu ideas when we travel. As it was our first time in Italy, I definitely walked away excited to reproduce some of our tasty eats when we returned to Texas! Since our farmer's market closed a couple of years ago, I have missed sharing food ideas with Good Earth families, so my plan is to share more often...
One meal that made an impression on me in Via Reggio, Italy was "Orata o Branzino al Forno". I wanted to branch out (I was sick of pizza), and the cashier at a walk-up café suggested...
As families consider enrollment at Good Earth, many of the same questions come up. I'd like to devote time to answer these for quick reference. Most answers come directly from our 2017-2018 Family Handbook.
What is the length of your waitlist? When can my child get in?
The length of the waitlist varies widely based on the following considerations:
Time of year/demand (greatest demand in late summer and late spring)
Gender (we try to maintain balance in the classrooms)
The number of school siblings entering care (have waitlist priority)