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February 25, 2017Drum Making Workshop

What a fabulous workshop we had!  It was highly rated by the children, by all the generous adults who came to help, and by the elders themselves, who promised to return when the drums are ready to teach the children some dances and songs. The elders began with a smudge for all who wished.  At […] .....

 

February 6, 2017Lunar New Year

  Apparently Gung hay fat choi is Cantonese and this is the more common Mandarin 新年快乐 新年快乐 Xīnnián kuàilè   Either way, the children created a marvellous dragon head and had a  short parade around the room. To acknowledge the contribution of the rooster, we collected fertilized eggs from the henhouse and began their incubation […] .....

 

February 6, 2017Snow Day Monday Feb 6

All schools and daycares closed today due to snow.  Send us pics of your snow activities.  Or read books.  Or make snow ice cream! http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/how-to-make-snow-ice-cream-recipe/ Have a great day!     .....

 

January 23, 2017Social Education too!

If we needed proof that we’re a global community, we have it now, as millions of people around the world voice their opinions of the new President of the US! Despite obvious concerns, I think we can find reason to hope. At school this week, in our morning chats after yoga, we used a jar […] .....

 

January 12, 2017Korean visitors

What a wonderful two weeks we’ve had!  It’s hard to believe our Korean visitors have been with us for only ten days.  These beautiful children have enriched us with new friendships, hunger to learn, different perspectives and plenty of fun.  A word of appreciation for our teachers, who are outstanding in their ability to discern […] .....

 

November 24, 2016Zip through a Montessori Week!

Another full but happy week at Roots and Wings, full of plenty of work, report presentations, forest shenanigans, Mac’n’cheese, cream puffs, the JH’s awesome chocolate applesauce cake, constructive triangles, grammar sentence parsing, balance sheets, a hundred social issues resolved through peaceful communication– and a visit from one of our former student from Florida.   Our […] .....

 

November 7, 2016Percussion and Salmons – All in the same week!

Forest school every day; we mean it! Despite our record amount of rainfall for the past month, our children have been outside at the start and middle of every day, enjoying great wake-up daily exercise, appreciation of our wonderful natural environment, and  an enjoyable social start to each day.  All that, and yoga too!  You’d […] .....

 

October 29, 2016Fall Fair – A fun family get together

One of the joys of the fall is our Fall Fair.  While it was small compared to our usual scale, it was a fun family get together.  Thanks to the children who patiently practiced their parts, to the teachers who guided them, and to the members of the audience who provided their positive feedback.  We […] .....

 

October 18, 2016Our Kindergarten Forest School program has started!

Last Wednesday was the first weekly trip of extended day (kindergarten) children to our Forest School in Langley. After lunch and play time with the lower elementary children,           we spent the afternoon learning about the parts of the tree, gathering natural materials to make our own fruit tree,       […] .....

 

October 10, 2016Thanksgiving Celebration à la Roots and Wings

  With our daily forays into the forest, we’re discovering rain is not a deterrent to fun connections with nature; and there’s nothing like harvesting veggies in a strong wind for a fun start to the day!  Just another boring day on Friday, as we began with the harvest, calmed and stretched with yoga, then […] .....