The Lower School Classrooms at Brooksfield School are beginning to look festive! One 3 to 6 year old classroom is studying Kwanzaa. They had fun lighting the candles on the Kinara and celebrating the seven principles like unity (umoja) and faith (imani). They even made their own Kinara to hang up in the classroom!
In another Montessori classroom the children are studying Ansel Adams. Ansel Adams did not create art with paint but instead with photos. He was a photographer who primarily took black and white photos of nature. One of the teachers even brought in a 35 mm camera that the children can use to take photos! On the art shelf, there is work that allows the children to set up their own landscape and take photos just like Ansel Adams. The children can set up a winter scene or a summer scene. This work is very popular!
In the organic garden this week……the rye is coming along nicely. Its growth will improve the soil by replenishing nutrients used over the past growing season. As the winter draws near, we will turn our attention to in-class gardening and growing lessons. We will be choosing which seeds to plant in the spring, talking about starting them inside, etc.