Classroom Blogs

Classroom Blogs

Snow Taffy Recipe

By Kate Shapero

Every winter, if the snow gods allow, each group at Miquon makes snow taffy during one of their science classes.  Making snow taffy is an annual tradition and provides opportunities to introduce or reinforce science skills and concepts:  using thermometers, learning about evaporation and concentration, and experiencing the magic and chemistry of cooking. It’s also a fabulous way to enjoy each other’s company.  Many children have asked for the recipe to cook snow taffy at home. What follows is a guide but experience is the best teacher. Snow taffy (makes 4 servings) Small saucepan Stirring Spoon 5 small bowls of … READ MORE »

Children at the Center of Layered Learning

By Kate Shapero

I just spent a week observing all of the group classrooms at Miquon.  What struck me most is how children consistently play the essential role in creating meaningful learning experiences.  In every single classroom I visited, children were observing, children were asking questions, children were making meaning, children were forming relationships. They were at the center of thoughtfully constructed experiences; the circumstances crafted by their teachers allowed their curiosity and caring selves to flow forth.  I have notebook pages full of observations to support this. I was incredulous when watching certain lessons unfold; in classrooms of all ages, teachers wove … READ MORE »

Playing Stories

By Marisa Campbell

Inspired by the methods of the brilliant preschool and kindergarten teacher Vivian Gussin Paley, the nursery children have been acting out the stories we wrote for this year’s Miquon Grass literary magazine.  Each morning at meeting, a child’s story is selected to be acted out, or played. We read it aloud, talk about what characters need to be in the story, and then the author of the story becomes the director and chooses the actors. While playing the story, the children pay close attention to each other and the director, taking cues from each other, as they do in play, but … READ MORE »