We had a great day on the farm. It's been beautiful weather. Many of the leaves have dropped. Pigs are making progress around the pond.
At farm school today, we:
Next Monday, Nov. 12 is Veteran's Day, so middle schoolers will not be present. Please let me know if you plan to attend. ◡̈
Next Wednesday, Nov. 14 is a Farm Dinner Potluck at 6 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 19 we will have my Herbalist friend join us for a plant walk! We also plan to complete Phase II of the Mudroom Project.
P.S. Congratulations to the middle school class for their first (and successful) artisan market in their classroom on Friday! I ended up with one of everything because they were all so great.
P.P.S. I want to share the quote on brick by Jacquelyn's/Henry's/Eliza's family at the new Manette play ground they helped to build (did you see Henry and his father on the cover of the pink edition of The Kitsap Sun recently)?
Happy Farm School Monday tomorrow! ◡̈
A few considerations -
"Before elaborating any system of education, we must therefore create a favorable environment that will encourage the flowering of a child’s natural gifts. All that is needed is to remove the obstacles. And this should be the basis of, and point of departure for, all future education." - Dr. Maria Montessori
Dr. Montessori left detailed instructions in creating a prepared environment for holistic education for small children. Her philosophy for the education of Erdkinder (children of the land) is in all but 3 appendices of From Childhood to Adolescence.
This means there is a lot of interpretation for setting up a prepared environment for work and study on the land. She taught that we shall be good stewards and respect the habitat of each living thing. She offered frameworks for organizing tasks and tools logically similar to a chef's mise en place for effectively focused work.
One result of our modern-material era is overwhelm. This is the time to re-evaluate our values and re-structure our approaches.
As we approach the farm with stewardship and preparation of the environment, we are creating lists and images of our goals for our projects on the farm this school year. Here is a guide I offer to consider acknowledging & clearing obstacles to our own lifelong education development.
I will be sending forth drawings of our lifelong-learning discoveries, and hopefully you will, too. You are invited to tag @joyful.plant and #lifeschool #erdkinder #stewardship, etc. (We could create a list of key terms that guide our learning., keeping in mind your central question to your education mission.)
What is a life recipe?
An illustrated life recipe is a brainchild of mine that surfaced when I realized that the single way to instantaneously absorb pertinent information worldwide is to see it in an image, and that we can prolifically and profoundly teach one another through simple, illustrated nonfiction. Multimedia may be used. It is important that the life recipe is seen less as a "how to" and more as a "'this-is-one-way-to-do-it-and-I-know-it-works" kind of framework, although concise and well-founded. I'll soon offer a framework so that these life recipes may be created by any author-student for nearly any work-period or project.
Adolescent Erdkinder* from 2017-18 wrote the descriptions for the book we published in hopes to evolve into a publication that can benefit the school garden at Casa de Niños, Puerto Rico. They were on the farm approximately 6-10 times, and several chose to do their internship there. Our Erdkinder wrote -
What more needs to be said before we roll up our sleeves and grow some gardens with these children? Hopefully they won't "need" to grow their own food, but they'll live healthier lives if they do.
*Dr. Maria Montessori said that adolescents were Erdkinder, or children of the land, because of the nature of their developmental needs.
I wrote this for the Montessori español clase, but it can be useful for anybody since we are doing español study outside of Farm Days.
Framework for study Spanish word & an image: diccionario_visual.pdf
Feliz otoño nuevo, clase!
hoy es viernes, el 21 de septiembre del 2018. Está nublado y el gallo canta <<quiri quiri>>, 7 a.m.
Gracias por la clase ayer. I felt great about our brainstorms (thank you for updating Joy on them) and shared documents. This is my first time using Google Classroom, so let's shape our model constructively together. It may empower our experiential learning to self- and global-actualization: Peace through Educational Harmony. Maria would have wanted it that way if she were around in the time of Instagram, Pinterest, and collaborative authoring, don't you think?
<<Ideas para Finca>> list due Friday 9/21/18 by 3 p.m. - list what you're excited about and ideas for español
Note: Only the first list item is due today. You are WELCOME to continue adding to this document as thoughts develop.
***Please preserve the authenticity and integrity of all our shared work. We turn to guidelines for this form of democracy:
When we hold a Socratic Seminar, the group functions because it agrees to:
1. Only one person must talk at a time (a moot point on computers, but there's harmony is spaciousness)
2. All comments must be relevant (extra important on computers)
3. Everybody must be polite (also extra important)
Because of the lack of context on a comment thread, abstract humor can be lost in ambiguity. For best results, post poignantly and prolifically. ◡̈ Y en español!
During times that you don't have a diccionario around, you may use Google translate, but ONLY for (usually) ONE word at a time. The reason for this is that when the computer starts translating for you, it spits out grammar and nuances that may skip some steps in your lessons, and it can do more detriment than benefit. For best results, search one word at a time, and include the article. For more information, see Translating Tips in a write-up to come.
Your work for these coming weeks will focus on allowing yourself to immerse in español a little bit. If you have reservations, acknowledge them and let them go. There is nothing but to be gained. You may listen to música en español and add your favorite artists to the ideas page. You may come across your favorite novel at the library...en español. You may find yourself overhearing a conversation en español and note a few words you recognized. Enjoy every minute of growing new dendrites while you're learning, and jot it down in your cuaderno.
Su cuaderno es su mejor amigo para aprender una idioma. (Your notebook is your best friend in learning a language.)
Keep it with you for each Finca Educativa (Educational Farm) visit and each (clase). The Finca is for inmersión practice of the Spanish language in applied, experiential learning, as prescribed by Dr. Maria herself. During the classroom time, we will spend a lot of our time in studying grammatical concepts, building vocabulary lists based on the world around you, and enjoying the culture of learning.
On that, enjoy the exploration of español, your place as a steward of this Earth, and reviewing verb conjugations. ◡̈
Que tenga buen fin de semana!
Señora Elisa ◡̈
Here's the curriculum DuoLingo recommends: https://schools.duolingo.com/classroom/3242491/curriculum
Here's a way to review the nitty gritty of Spanish grammar: https://studyspanish.com/verbs/lessons/justar
How shall we share inspiration for our Experiential Education goals?
Incase anybody is interested, here is the link to the flagship Montessori adolescent. program where I took my AMI training in adolescent education in 2010. Among my classmates was a dear friend who grew up on the property, and whose family inheritance funded the pilot campus development. I always enjoy discussing the experience and philosophy, and here is a glimpse at the farm school where I attended my Montessori training in Ohio:
Photos soon -