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“The Peace Travelers”

 

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Photo Credit Kate O’Shea

 

from Mountain View Educational Collaborative

 

 

Sat May 3oth 6:00pm

“Donations Welcome”

 

at  Elmer’s Store 

396 Main Street 

Ashfield, MA 01330

The concert will feature Multi Cultural Peace Oriented Songs, ASL, Poems, Puppets  and Around-the-World Art Work

Peace Travelers is a twice-weekly home school program that highlights multicultural studies, geography, and social skill development through “travel” around the world. Children, ages 4-9, receive a passport and explore a country and cultures through festivals, storytelling, food, crafts, housing, and transportation. Reading, writing, and mathematics are integrated throughout the curriculum.

 

For more info 413.369.4700

Directions:

Ashfield is at the corner of Routes 112 and 116, up the mountain from Greenfield. 

From Greenfield take Route 2 west out towards Shelburne Falls. Just past SF, take 112 all the way up the mountain until you get to 116. Then turn left. 

From Northampton, take Route 9 until you get to 112. Then take 112 to 116. 

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Today we colored eggs, using masking tape and making some elaborate patterns. These signs of fertility, and the earth’s return to full bloom are a joyful reminder that perhaps our nights will move out of the 20s and 30s, and our days will be filled with some much anticipated sunlight. (Thank you to our pagan ancestors for their rich tradition of celebrating Gaia’s yearly rebirth! We also read some rhyming books (Thank you, Dr. Suess!) made rhymer lists, and practiced our sign alphabet.

A reminder that Wacky Pajama Day and our Spring Potluck is next Friday, April 17. Friends should wear their pajamas to school for a wacky day of backwards schedules and mixed up silliness. (Please be sure to send clothing to put over PJs if the weather happens to be on the cooler side. School will begin at 10:15 and end at 4:30 p.m. Please plan on arriving at 4:15, deposit a potluck dish to share upstairs, and come down for a brief tour of our learning community space. We’ll share our puppet play about Japan and then have dinner. We will resume school, after our vacation week, on Tuesday, April 28th.

 

 

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Our day began with our morning circle lead by Leora. We read a book called PowWow: A Good Day to Dance by Jacqueline Dembar Greene. The book explained the summer powwows that many North American Indians attend to keep the old ways alive. We spoke of how native people are different from each other in that their customs and stories are unique. We spoke of how our government took their land away from them (“That was mean!” “That wasn’t nice!” “That’s not fair!” were the cries from the circle.), and that they come together to keep alive the old ways—to dance, pray, and care for each other and the earth. We spoke about community.

We will welcome Annika VonSchoeler-Ames (5 YO in January) to our learning community on Tuesday. We spoke of how to welcome a friend by introducing yourself, and inviting them to play along.

We lost power for three hours (from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) but managed to have a picnic snack in the entry room, and then went upstairs for our lessons. We worked with letter boards today and reviewed the signs and sounds for A, C, D, M, S, and T. The younger friends worked on decoding small words and we finished by reading two very short and sweet “Bob” books. (Thank you, Tony(a), for this resource!)

The older friends practiced their signs and sounds as well, and then read to each other for 15 minutes. We finished the lesson by the two older friends helping each other read the book, Spot Bakes a Cake.

After lunch, we read a story called “The Boy Who Lived with the Bears,” retold by Joseph Bruchac. We worked on our totem flags that were sent home today. These flags were a culminating project on a creative visualization that we did on the first day. Friends used creativity and many fine motor skills preparing a flag for themselves and each friend, tying ribbons onto their flags, and string them onto a hemp rope using a measurement ribbon. They seemed to be very proud of the process as well as the end product. Please display them proudly!

After finishing the totem flags, we worked on our play that we have been doing called “The Earth on the Turtle’s Back.” Friends are enjoying the process of dramatizing the action of the story.

 

Oversight: Our Big Home by Linda Glaser (We read this on Tuesday, September 23.

 

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Peace Travelers is a twice-weekly home school program that highlights multicultural studies, geography, and social skill development through “travel” around the world. Children, ages 4-9, receive a passport and explore a country and cultures through festivals, storytelling, food, crafts, housing, and transportation. Reading, writing, and mathematics are integrated throughout the curriculum.

 

The cost for the program is $35.00 daily for a ten week semester program. Semester commitment required.

 

Call Kate O’Shea at 413 369-4700 for more information and application. First semester program begins Tuesday, September 16 and runs through December 19. (Second semester begins Tuesday, January 6, 2009.)

 

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