Posted on Friday, January 8, 2016
Welcome to Nuestra Semana, Nuestro Mes, Nuestro Año: 2016. This will be an exciting year for Manhattan Country School, as we savor every week that goes by in familiar surroundings and imagine and wonder how things will change during the course of the year.
Nuestra Semana. This week began with a courtyard full of jubilant children reunited with friends and parents delighted with the return of school routines. The farm bus was outside and the Living Room was crowded with Fifth Floor families...
Posted on Friday, December 11, 2015
This timely message from Manhattan Country School parent Justin Leites (Lev ’20) arrived in my email inbox this week.
Yesterday I visited a school in a poor and remote rural community in northwest India, along the edges of the Rajasthan Desert. I was surprised and quite moved to see the attached posted on a student bulletin board. So taking this opportunity to once again express my deepest gratitude for all that you and the MCS community are doing to shine this sort of light at a time when...
Posted on Friday, November 20, 2015
A large part of the work of the 5-6s centers around the social-emotional growth of children. To that end, we have countless discussions about feelings, friendships and families, among other topics. Teachers address these topics when they come up in small groups, as children work and play together, and we also have numerous group conversations.
Recently, we spent a lot of time talking about how to play with other children. We asked children what they need to do before they touch another...
Posted on Thursday, November 19, 2015
As winter approaches at the Farm, it’s time to “put the garden to bed.” In Cathy’s farming class this week, the 9-10s students helped harvest the last of the carrots, and they spread compost over the garden beds. The garden will lie dormant until spring, when we begin turning the soil and getting ready to plant all over again.
Ed gets a tractor bucket load of compost from the bin.
As winter approaches at the Farm, it’s time to “put the garden to bed.” In Cathy’s farming class this week,...
Posted on Friday, November 13, 2015
This week, the 8-9s experienced their second time in the Manhattan Country School Farm kitchen preparing food. Students are learning basic cooking techniques and independence in the kitchen, steadily progressing toward the day in eighth grade when each will prepare a whole meal for their class.
Thursday Donna’s cooking class made pizza and green salad, with an apple crisp for afternoon snack. Donna says, “I want them to learn to focus on each task to make the whole dish come together.”