So yesterday and today it feels like I was at the kids' school quite a bit.
Yesterday it was for William's in-class celebration of his birthday. Hurray!!
Dash, Ella, and I were all invited to partake in the celebrating which consisted of telling stories about William's babyhood and adventures he's been on in his life. We brought grapes and apples to compliment the pumpkin(?) muffins provided by the class. Miss Wendy did a little puppet show for him, and gifted him a beautiful silk cape as well! It was very lovely and I was so proud of how William was observant and paid attention, rather than partaking in the ruckus that other little boys were all about. I get it, that's how little boys roll, but I also know how frustrating it can be try to run a class with kiddos like that, so I was glad that William was not making it harder for Miss Wendy than it already was. Phew!
After school, we then attended a Parent Meeting for Ella's 1st Grade Class.
It was very positive, with Miss Bedirian emphasizing what good work the kids are doing building a fort outside and preparing for their playing coming up in May. We also got to create a wet-on-wet watercolor work which was very enjoyable, and bask in the richness that is potluck dinner! Everyone brought something delish, and our contribution was garlic bread and brie. Mm-MM!
As for today, the weather was super lovely so after my usual morning routine of holing myself up at McD's to get some work done, I spent from 12:30 to 2:30 enjoying the school's grounds with William as the temperature climbed up to 80+!
I took the opportunity to also take a ton of snapshots of the outside area where the kids play because the sun was shining, the flowers are blooming, and it was just so beautiful out there.
So without further ado, the grand tour!
|Outside shot of the 1st Grade Fort with a child crawling in for scale|
|Another angle of the entrance|
|William crawling out of the 1st Grade Fort|
|You can really keep cool in there...if you're under 4' tall~!|
|Some older grade is also making a fort of sorts. I don't know which grade, but either way, it's pretty snazzy!|
|Another outside area the kids love|
|This hole goes particularly deep~!|
|A crooked shot of the back of the school from where we were with the 1st Grade Fort|
|The kindergarten playground is just beyond this fence, as we made our way back toward the school|
|Awesome little playhouse|
|Trying to instruct William to take the shot while holding the pose = difficult!|
I can hold it for all of *gasp!* five seconds~! ;D
|Our last stop outside: the preschool playground!|
It has the perfect balance of sunlight, and shade, play structures and open space, and even a little garden there in the back!
Can you say sweeeeeeet?
Moving back inside, I wanted to show what the kids' classrooms look like:
|The Golden Roses (PreK) classroom|
|The "house" corner|
And Ella's classroom is so heartwarming too!
And the content on them is beautiful too!
What a pretty way to learn math, right? Lots of colors, and pictures of nature along the edges. Mm-MM!
|Just another example of a beautiful drawing accompanying a short 'n' sweet poem|
|Obligatory nature table in the corner. I'm pretty sure every classroom has some iteration of this~|
I think that's just about everything from Waldorf that I wanted to share with ya'll today.
Oh! One last shot: of the volunteer board and random art board in the hallway!
|Staples in the hallway|
If even the volunteer board is this lovely, then you know this school loves art. ;)
And I love how the chalkboard to the left is always evolving over the course of the year: showing an apple tree shedding its leaves in the fall; a snowy landscape in the winter, and now a blossoming tree in the spring.
Tomorrow we'll be having the Early Childhood classes' Parent Meeting, so I'll let you know how that goes~!
Until then, I hope you take a moment to visit a Waldorf school some time. It's like stepping back in time and the amount that everybody cares, from the admin to the teachers to the parents to the kids, is breathtaking to say the least. :)
Well, in the meanwhile, take care and Happy Waldorf in the Spring!!