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Man, Nature Makes Me Uncomfortable

Nick Pearl | Brevard, NC Albert Einstein said, “Look deep into nature, and you will understand everything better.” This quote encompasses my love of outdoor education. Each time I enter the wild places, I learn a lesson I did not anticipate. As…
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A Place at MSCS

By Janna Carlson | Brevard, NC This was my first year with Mountain Sun Community School and I was turned loose in a world full of discovery, exploration, creativity, belonging, and inspiration. I can’t describe this place without these…
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6th and 7th Grade Backpacking Trip on The Foothills Trail

By Kim Skeen | Brevard, NC I often reflect on how grateful I am to have a job where I get to spend time with kids backpacking in these beautiful mountains that surround us. I love seeing their faces light up when they finally see the wildflower…

Peace Talks in the Owl Class

Nick Pearl | Brevard, NC “YOU GRABBED THAT FROM ME!” I heard my young student say. She was working with another student on a solar system puzzle, and had her eyes on the piece that would complete Saturn. Many preschool conflicts begin…
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Monarchs Journey to Cataloochee

By Becky Langerman | Brevard, NC The week before Spring Break, the Monarch Class went camping in Cataloochee Valley in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Remote and picturesque, Cataloochee has an abundance of biodiverse flora and…

The Mountain Sun Family

Morgan Sprinkle | Brevard, NC As an assistant teacher in the Otter classroom, I look at our school through the eyes of a teacher. But I’m also a mother to a spunky, funny, energetic three-year-old. He is an Owl, meaning that he is in the…

Exercising "Disappointment Muscles."

Tina Leonard | Brevard, NC A great amount of time is invested in designing the layout of a classroom, particularly in a Montessori prepared environment. How close are the Art materials to a sink? What about the Practical Life materials that…

The Joys of Literature Circle

Brigid Fox | Brevard, NC I feel so fortunate each day that I can find the deep beauty of the simple routines that the Acorn Class is engaged in. It is a reminder of how even the most basic of our actions has the power to enhance or detract…

Care of the Environment   

Annie Burgess | Brevard, NC One of my favorite things about teaching is creating a special environment for children.  Some key things I take into consideration when preparing the environment include the use of child-sized furniture,…

A Trip to Brevard

By Morgan Sprinkle | Brevard, NC As an assistant teacher at Mountain Sun Community School, I have a very special job. I get to work in a multi-age classroom of three, four, five and six-year-olds—we call ourselves “the Otters.” My co-teacher…