Smiles and Laughter

Our Garden Schoolhouse smiles with the laughter and happiness of children.  Ideas, observations, explorations and declarations of friendship sing and echo through the classrooms.  These first weeks of school, we dedicate ourselves to establishing ritual, routine, and community. The Garden Schoolhouse community requires a deep,unconditional kindness and respect for one another, for our materials, for our space and for our earth.    Students are choosing symbols to represent themselves - to connect self with a name, as we begin to be aware of the symbols of letters and sounds.  A few of the chosen symbols are the earth, the sun~moon and a deer. Children will use the symbols to communicate through the message center and to attach to projects and artwork.

Our Garden Schoolhouse smiles with the laughter and happiness of children.  Ideas, observations, explorations and declarations of friendship sing and echo through the classrooms.  These first weeks of school, we dedicate ourselves to establishing ritual, routine, and community. The Garden Schoolhouse community requires a deep,unconditional kindness and respect for one another, for our materials, for our space and for our earth.

Students are choosing symbols to represent themselves - to connect self with a name, as we begin to be aware of the symbols of letters and sounds.  A few of the chosen symbols are the earth, the sun~moon and a deer. Children will use the symbols to communicate through the message center and to attach to projects and artwork.

 
Personally, I thank you, families and all who believe in us. I thank you for my days that are blessed with the gift of knowing your children. Aaaaaahhhh…. Such a delight to observe and learn the languages of our students. The language of the builder, explorer, engineer and scientist. The language of the dancer and the storyteller. The language of dirt and earthworms!! Their laughter and joy are now part of me already forever!
— Ms. Amy, Master Teacher

May my mind be filled with thoughts of love, friendliness, compassion, appreciative joy, and equanimity like rain… all the way down to the summertime roots… and rainbows.

May I be generous.  May I be gentle. May I be relaxed.  May I be happy and peaceful, playful like the branches in the wind.  

May my heart become soft… and mighty!

May my words and my actions be kind..

May all that I see, hear, smell, taste, touch and think….

All to create love and friendliness, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity, like rain.. All the way down to the summertime roots… and rainbows.

May all beings, everywhere, have good hearts.

May all beings everywhere… be…. free!  

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