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April 2019 Classroom Updates

The Owls and Otters are deep into their studies of Thailand. The children have taken an imaginary flight to Thailand and are learning about the culture, art, food, and climate. Carol and Virginia Watkins (Sebastian's…
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March 2018 Classroom Update

By Jennifer Stewart | Brevard, NC The Otter Class has fresh, homemade play dough and new sidewalk chalk. They have enjoyed a lot of outdoor playtime. In the classroom, they have been practicing making and eating PB&J sandwiches. The students…
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Why So Many Bake Sales?

Becky Langerman | Brevard, NC   I love baking. Since I can remember, I've always wanted to be a baker. As a child, I spent summers in Iowa with my grandmother on the farm my father grew up on. And we baked. She was your quintessential…
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Experiential Learning at Mountain Sun Community School

Kim Skeen | Brevard, NC Our journey began with a silent hike down a steep and winding trail, minds full of anticipation and excitement for a different kind of school week. As the trail came to an end, the landscape opened up into the beautiful…
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Raising Monarchs

Becky Langerman | Brevard, NC As a teacher, sometimes you feel a calling in your inner core towards something you must do in the classroom. This summer, I began dreaming about Monarchs. While I dream about students quite often, I’m referring…
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Mountain Sun Students Work with Birds at Southern Appalachian Raptor

By Kayla C. Leed | Brevard, NC Mountain Sun students trekked to the the Big Bald Banding Station to aid the Southern Appalachian Raptor Research Center (SARR) in their conservation practices. On September 14th and 15th, the Monarch (4th-5th…
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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…
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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…

Teachers Host Positive Discipline Book Club

By Becky Langerman | Brevard, NC Over the past six weeks, Tina and I have facilitated a Book Club based on the the book Positive Discipline:  The Classic Guide to Helping Children Develop Self-Discipline, Responsibility, Cooperation, and…
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Mountain Sun Students Explore the Universe at Asheville Museum of Science

By Kayla Leed | Brevard, NC This year, the formation of the universe has been the overarching theme in the Elementary school science classes at Mountain Sun Community School. On March 2nd, the Monarch (Upper Elementary) class went to Asheville…