A feast of many beautiful things is placed before all students at Ambleside. Here is a glimpse of a week in the Pre-Kindergarten class, taken from the teacher's weekly communication to parents:
“Much of what we have learned and experienced in childhood, and later, we cannot reproduce, and yet it has formed the groundwork of after knowledge; later notions and opinions have grown out of what we once learned and knew. That is our sunk capital, of which we enjoy the interest though we are unable to realise.” (Home Education, pg. 154)
Who said p.p.p.p.p.p? It stands for popcorn, pinecone, peanut, peacock, and so many other words!!!!! We watched popcorn pop right in the popper!!!
Bible - This week we are learning the consequences of letting someone distract you from doing what is right. Solomon had some distractions and let go of all his praise, devotion, and praise of God. So much so, he lost the kingdom and now it's a split kingdom.
Picture Study - we began to look at The Peaceable Kingdom by Edward Hicks We discussed being able to walk with all the animals and whether we'd be afraid or not. We will continue to finish our Cat and Bird.
Composer Study - we will finish our story of Cinderella and our encounter with Prokofiev.
Arithmetic - we are counting the world around us and matching the number of objects with the numeral.
Practical Life - well, we are using our math and fine motor skills in cooking, counting what we have, cutting, opening and closing, squeezing, and all kinds of other things. Today, we were able to share our popcorn with our kindergarten friends.
Nature Study - through the season of winter, we are looking and learning about snow, what happens under the snow, which animals stay or go or sleep, who leaves tracks. This week we will talk about the Groundhog who may or may not see his shadow!
Literature - we began our reading with the Legend of the Big Dipper. How can she share her cup of water when she is so thirsty? We are finishing Cinderella and wondering how she can forgive her step sisters?
I'll leave you with this poem by William Wordsworth, These beauteous forms:
Through a long absence, have not been to me
As is a landscape to a blind man’s eye;
But oft, in lonely rooms, and ‘mid the din
Of towns and cities, I have owed to them,
In hours of weariness, sensations sweet
Felt in the blood, and felt along the heart;
And passing even into my purer mind,
With tranquil restoration: - feelings, too,
Of unremembered pleasure: such, perhaps,
As have no slight of trivial influence
On that best portion of a good man’s life,
His little, nameless, unremembered acts
Of kindness and of love.