Wow! What an amazing group of children that have come together here this year. I am so excited to teach and learn with them. This first week it is evident that they are reaching out to each other and bonding as a tribe. In a magical way there is so much enthusiasm and identification with Homestead as their place.
We jumped into plant cycles, visiting the mature plants that many of them helped seed last spring. We harvested potatoes, carrots, tomatoes, broccoli, kale, onions and squash which, together, we cooked for our families for the equinox celebration. Many of them participated in seeding, planting, tending, harvesting, cooking and feeding at the opposite end of the seasonal cycle. What a great beginning.
We've begun work in their main lesson books with the sunflower story that highlighted "when something is gone a part of it always lives on." And the idea that seeds are both a connection to the past and the future. I encourage parents to ask their children to share their stories from the week and to review their main lesson books in the yurt when ever you have a few extra moments at the end of a day.
This week we started with math doing collaborative problem solving. Wednesday are our spanish immersion during snack and throughout the day. As you know, they received their nature names and directions for the year. Any additional research at home with respect to their songbird is great.
Thanks to all for an amazing equinox gathering!