As we continue to utilize seasonal produce, we have modified our menu to make the most of organic vegetables that we receive from Johnson's Backyard! Below is the menu for June 9 - June 13.
AM SNACK: Organic cucumbers with organic sour cream dip and rice cakes
LUNCH: Organic broccoli rice casserole with shredded raw milk cheddar
PM SNACK: 1/2 banana
AM SNACK: Organic air popped popcorn with savory butter
LUNCH: Organic "pizza" soup with fresh herbs, organic yellow squash and zucchini, fresh baked organic bread and organic butter
PM SNACK: Raw cashews...
With so many families traveling, we thought it would be great fun to see pictures of your children from your destination sporting their farm school t-shirt! We recently received a picture of our sweet friend, Elizabeth, from Red Square in Moscow, Russia! If you travel near or far, take a picture and email it to us and we'll share your adventures on the school blog. It's so fun for the children...
Please join us for our annual bridging ceremony and family potluck to close out the 2013/2014 school year. The children moving up from Treehouse to public school and/or Farm School Kinder will be bridging as well as the children who completed Farm School Kinder and First grades. This is a very special time for the children and we hope you can make it!
Saturday, June 7
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Please click here to sign up for a food item. We also have some slots for clean up, as well. Please pitch in where you can!
We suggest you bring a few camp chairs or a quilt/blanket to sit on as it is a casual...
Our final parent workday for this school year is coming up on Saturday! Please click here to sign up for projects. We have grouped projects together with an estimated amount of time tasks will take and the appropriate number of people for the projects. We're hoping that this is a bit easier for everyone. You may also sign up for care for your child on the sign up list. If you have any questions, please direct all inquires to Janie! Families who still need to complete one workday will be contacted via email with a reminder.
Our curriculum is nature based and seasonal. Why, you may ask? It makes sense to the children. They can look around and see that Spring has truly "sprung" and observe growth and change. The children are so excited to find caterpillars of all types and sizes along with many other amazing insects! Kinder found a beautiful walking stick outside their classroom. The Sprouts found a caterpillar curled up on a leaf. Another group of children located a caterpillar in a chrysalis. The lessons the children are learning from observing life taking place around them is invaluable. There is much...
With Screen Free Week coming up next week, I wanted to touch on a concept by a renowned author, Richard Louv. He is the author of 8 books, including one titled Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature Deficit Disorder.
From his website:
In this influential work about the staggering divide between children and the outdoors, child advocacy expert Richard Louv directly links the lack of nature in the lives of today's wired generation—he calls it nature-deficit—to some of the most disturbing childhood trends, such as the rises in obesity, attention disorders,...
Bread baking day is always a popular day at the farm! Being a part of the production of a meal is important work for the children. Yes, they love to eat the warm bread with butter, but it means more when they have had a hand [literally] in making it! I love watching these small hands work the dough.
Kneading the dough requires hand strength and this is good exercise for small hands. We are always working on activities that strengthen a child's hands and pincher grasp. It's not a realistic expectation for a child to hold a pencil or crayon to write and draw if they don't have hand...
Will you join us in taking the pledge to observe a screen-free week (work and school assignments not included) on May 5-11 this year? Screen-free week, sponsored for the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, encourages families to "turn off screens and turn on life"!
"...children are spending way too much time with screens—a staggering 32 hours a week for preschoolers and even more for older kids. Miniaturized media technology, including cell phones featuring child-targeted apps, mp3 players, iPads, and other hand-held devices, mean that children are immersed in screens, and the things...
My apologies for missing the Kinder post last evening! The oak pollen has finally taken this non-native Texan down! I've always heard that if you don't already have allergies, it is only a matter of time once you move to Texas. For me it has only taken 16 years for this to happen!
The children in Kinder have been enjoying a lot of make-believe play lately, including puppetry. Yesterday they set up a stage, made a giant rain stick and ate themselves silly! Ms. Barbra made a school favorite--pasta with baby spinach, herbs and yummy Pederson's Kielbasa. It was tasty.