The Whiteboard

Tuesday, September 13

Our first two days with half the class were wonderful. We’re off to a great start. Everyone did watercolors which you can admire on the classroom door. The children learned a new finger-play about two black birds, Jack and Jill. We all enjoyed being outside in this beautiful weather. Look for the cucumbers and beans […]

Kathy Mitchell | September 13, 2016

5 Day Class 1/23/2016

As I’m sure you’ve heard by now we have been immersed in the Middle Ages, examining everything we can think of relating to castles, dragons, unicorns, queens, kings, knights and ladies of the court. Just as when we were talking about the Wampanoag, we know that there were no cell phones, cars, computers or credit […]

Kathy Mitchell | January 24, 2016

Friday, November 13, 2015

We’ve been studying wood, trees and woodland animals living in Massachusetts. Now we’re exploring how human beings may have lived in the woods before computers, smart phones, Target and Whole Foods. We are thinking about how we would do things if we couldn’t buy anything in a store, what we would do in the evening […]

Kathy Mitchell | November 15, 2015

Friday, October 30, 2015

We’ve been getting ready for Hallowe’en all week and we had a rollicking time today. The classroom was decorated with a long paper chain. We made an orange and black pattern (for the most part) so there were math skills practiced. Lots of fine motor motor activity was involved in cutting the construction paper strips […]

Kathy Mitchell | October 30, 2015

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

We had a very busy morning. Everyone made leaf rubbings using oil pastels on paper over different leaves that were taped to clip boards. Those rubbings are on the cover of the Leaf Books which contain the watercolors we’ve done of various leaves. We’re learning to identify some of those leaves, too. Yuko presided over […]

Kathy Mitchell | October 21, 2015

Monday, October 19, 2015

I heard from several of you that your child tells you nothing about his or her day. That’s not unusual by any means. I thought I’d try to give you a brief update so that you have some leading questions to ask at dinner time. Here goes: We welcomed back Anna and made her “line […]

Kathy Mitchell | October 19, 2015

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

We’re nearly half way through October. Halloween is already on everyone’s mind. We will be doing lots of songs and rhymes; decorating and talking about the big day. We will do something special but we don’t dress up for Halloween at school. Costumes and masks can be disconcerting for some of the youngest children. We […]

Kathy Mitchell | October 13, 2015

4 Day Class, October 9, 2015

We started the week off by making different colored apples using tissue paper pieces. The children brushed the tissue paper over with liquid starch to make the colors bleed into each other. To do this at home you need to buy the colored tissue paper that bleeds. It will tell you on the package. The […]

LuAnn Sholemson | October 9, 2015

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Our first full day was made even better with the beautiful weather. We started on the playground and decided to stay there for the whole morning. There was lots of playing on the big climber. The sandbox had a visit from everyone; some people taking their shoes off to enjoy the new sand. There was […]

Kathy Mitchell | September 16, 2015

Five Day Class Thursday, March 12, 2015

Basketball season is winding down for us at the Coop. Coach Tim put everyone through the usual “training” today but when it came time to shoot baskets we noticed a remarkable leap in skill. It’s hard to believe but our four and five year olds have really gained some ability on the court. Ready for […]

Kathy Mitchell | March 12, 2015