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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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Planting Seeds

By Tina Leonard | Brevard, NC After winter break, the children and teachers are all excited to be back at school, in our space, and re-connecting. The children are wearing smiles, greeting one another, and offering hugs. There are exciting…
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Ask the Girl

Morgan Sprinkle | Brevard, NC My son is four. He’s known for a lot of things—his boundless energy, his enthusiasm for life and the people he loves, his adventurous spirit and the way he wakes up ready to attack the day with gusto. But…
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Parent and Teacher Conferences

Tina Leonard | Brevard, NC   It is finally that time of year! This time of year offers an opportunity for the Owl Class to take a deep breath and realize that the school year is in full swing and to relax into it. For the teachers,…
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The Capacity to be Kind

Nick Pearl | Brevard, NC I believe that everyone has the capacity to be kind. When working with some of my toughest students in wilderness therapy, this belief may have been momentarily challenged, but in the end I was amazed at how often,…
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It Takes a Village

By Tina Leonard | Brevard, NC Many times I have heard the proverb: “It takes a village to raise a child." I have often reflected on that concept and agreed. There are many times when parents and friends help in ways such as driving a child…

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…

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…

Community in the Owl Class

By Tina Leonard | Brevard, NC When considering the Owl Class, often the word community comes to mind. The children in their growing are not only learning about themselves as individuals but also about themselves as members of a community.…