Our second week at the Schoolhouse was filled with exciting events! We had our first field experience on Tuesday at Deep Eddy Pool. We hopped on the #4 Metro bus, cruised down historic 6th St., and spent the afternoon swimming and soaking up the sun. 
Back at the Schoolhouse, fort building is still a popular choice for self directed time, and we even got a new load of sturdy cedar polls to build up and lash. We explored art in the studio to express our creativity. Some chose to make kaleidoscopes, secret envelopes, key cards for the forts, dioramas, drawings, and pictures using different kinds of textured tape. There is even an exciting project of creating a comic book about ‘Blaze’ one of our many chickens that is in the beginning stages. Super the cat has been hanging out with us in the backyard and some of us have been petting, holding, and getting to know him better.
Kitchen patrol and cook crews are improving at light speed! We are eating fresh, local food everyday. Quinoa was a new experince and almost everyone enjoyed the stir fry tofu with rice and veggies. During lunch on Wednesday, we also opened the time capsule and got a chance to see old friends and see if we had changed over the year. 
During siesta there has been lots of interest in read alouds. This week, we read Sing a Song of Tuna Fish by Esme Raji Codell on the porch while the rain fell beside us. 
We love having special visitors and this week we had Mollie come in to show us the magic and power of essential oils to repel mosquitoes. Emily is hosting a popular origami club on Fridays and lots of interesting animals and intricate folds were made. The change in weather this week was so refreshing and exciting! We played in the rain, stomped in puddles, searched for frogs, and loved the feeling of fall approaching. 
For our classes we start with a maths (Wednesday and Fridays) or a language (Thursdays) lesson, followed by a project for our unit, ‘Free to be You and Me’. We made new Schoolhouse ID cards with our pictures and included current information about our hobbies and things that make us happy or sad. We started a new project Friday using watercolor and our profile silhouettes which will be debuted at our first Schoolhouse picnic/showcase on Saturday the 29th. 
Exciting things are brewing up at the Schoolhouse and we are having lots of fun getting to know each other and beginning the new year. 
Deep Eddy and Week 2

Day in the Life of the Schoolhouse Roosters

As we all transition to life at the Schoolhouse, we wanted to share our day with y’all so you can familiarize yourselves with our routines.
When they arrive we expect them to choose their drink for lunch by putting a card with their choice into their glass. 
Each person decorated his/her glass with Laura’s hula hoop tape!

Your child then goes to the “Where are the Roosters?” chart and thinks about their self directed activity for the morning. This is a chance to follow up in a project they did before, see what their friends are doing, and see what new activities are available.

This week the backyard was a popular site of activity. Some kids made forts out of different building materials. (They must have been scheming all summer, because those structures went up fast!) We are working on lashing and adding different levels to enhance the fort experience.

Tree climbing was another proving ground to display skills.

 In our prepared environment there are several math centers with manipulatives and games to start out the year.

The studio has been open for business with painting, origami, and diorama-making underway. It’s amazing to see the creative outlets the kids have chosen!

 The library was another constant for those who wanted to avoid mosquitoes and those 102 degree temperatures. (C’mon cold front…)

After our lunch crews have made lunch  (cooks) and prepared the tables and drinks (kitchen patrol), it is time to feast and reflect with a given prompt or question for discussion using a talking stone.  
tacos family style
After lunch is Siesta. Siesta is a time to rest and read. There are several options to choose from: read aloud, reading to a buddy, reading to self, get help with reading, listening center, literature circle, or resting. We just voted in a meditation option!
To beat the heat those who feel inclined take a dip in the pool. Since the Schoolhouse lives and breathes with the seasons, we don’t have AC. We have other ways to cool off: we close up the house to preserve the cool, swim, and sit under the fans to take advantage of evaporative cooling. 
taking the plunge!
first one in!

 The long-awaited class lesson time has arrived! The kids are pumped to learn because we sent out a survey to gather input for our interdisciplinary project-based units. The first unit is “Free to Be You and Me”. We are drawing from the Marlo Thomas classic and making creative works that share authentic pieces of ourselves, with plenty of time for social and emotional growth.

Letters of our names

Intentions for ourselves and the world – will be flown in the yard to carry our wishes on the wind.
Water bottle holsters for our excursions – we’re an Outdoors In All Weather crew!

Then we wrap up the day with clean-up duties. Each class is responsible for their own space, and then we move on to community areas. Inspection conducted by Laura and Caitlin follows – to be turned over to the youth when the routines are familiar. We rate the work on a scale of 1 to 10, with style points as bonus!

Rio and Amelia get the broom and dustpan.

 We are so honored to be working with your precious children and are looking forward to this partnership in education throughout the year. It is amazing to see their budding selves emerge already in our community.

so much love!