Spring Growth at Grow With Me

Those seeds, so tenderly nurtured and planted this winter and early spring, are growing!  We have held a couple of open houses and welcomed some wonderful new families into the Grow With Me Cooperative!  Together, we have been busy.

Last weekend, under sunny, blue skies, many Grow With Me families came together to enhance our outdoor playspace.  We bravely pulled poison ivy, cut back thorns and limbs to create a child-sized tunnel through a ravine, where the kids love to run, along with their imaginations.  We moved our garden boxes to a sunnier patch where they await more soil and plants!  From a neighbor’s tree, we acquired a mound of stumps, which we rolled and carried to   create a sand pit.    At the end of our morning’s work, we enjoyed a potluck lunch and our children’s laughter as they jumped around on the stumps and dug in the sand pit we had just created, together.

This Saturday, June 2nd, we’ll host another Open House and welcome interested families to join us from 10:30 until noon!  We recommend reading our handbook to learn more about our program.  If you have additional questions, please contact us via our contact page or by phone, 337-4710.

We have also begun a second parent-led playgroup for 2 and 3 year olds.   The playgroup will meet this summer on Tuesdays from 10-12 and is led by parents who rotate through the roles of lead, snack and clean-up.  One week you stay with your child and the next, you drop them off.  If you are interested in joining this group, or would like more information, please email us via our contact page.

May your gardens, projects and dreams also grow strongly this spring!

Sowing Seeds for Fall

As the wheel of the year moves closer to spring, the sap begins to rise,  and the daffodils nod their yellow heads in the sunshine, a group of wonderful families have gathered to dream and co-create the pre-school program for the coming year.

The seeds, sown with enthusiasm and intention, continue to grow as we look for families who desire to be part of  a cooperative, nurturing play based program this fall.

We will hold our first open house next month on Saturday, March 31st from 10:30-11:30.  Join us to enjoy circle time and an activity,  as well as to play in our wonderful classroom  and outdoor spaces.

We are located at the Groce Methodist Church on Tunnel Road in East Asheville.  Our classroom is located behind the school, by the playground.

For more information and/or to RSVP, please leave a message on our contact page .

We hope to see you there!

Open House – Tuesday, August 30th

At our last open house, we celebrated the summer’s harvest!  We sang, told stories and had fun using vegetables to make stamp art!  We enjoyed meeting some wonderful children! and look forward to meeting more new friends at our next open house, Tuesday, August 30th from 10-noon.

Join us to enjoy circle time and an activity,  as well as to play in our wonderful classroom  and outdoor spaces.

We are located at the Groce Methodist Church on Tunnel Road in East Asheville.  Our classroom is located behind the school, by the playground.

For more information and/or to RSVP, leave a message on our contact page, or contact Katy at 337-4710.

We hope to see you there!

Open House – Thursday, August 18th

Join us at our Open House, Thursday, August 18th from 10-11 a.m.  to enjoy circle time and an activity,  as well as to play in our wonderful classroom  and outdoor spaces.

We are located at the Groce Methodist Church on Tunnel Road in East Asheville.  Our classroom is located behind the school, by the playground.

For more information and/or to RSVP, leave a message on our contact page, or contact Katy at 337-4710.

We hope to see you there!

Loose Ends & Springing Ahead…

The months of January and February were incredibly busy everywhere that I looked.  So many things were started and not finished.  Snow and illness kept many of things for coming into completion….it had myself and our families changing plans at the last minute….and rhythm was hard to find when we DID have school.

But, the sunshine and warmth returned and filled up every part of me.  It has filled our classroom again with regular activity and rhythm.  It’s a beautiful thing.

I am most productive in the Spring, as I am guessing many others are.  With the warmth and sun that we’ve had recently I have begun to finish many in-progress projects…and I’ve finished a handful as well.  Here is a sneak peek of the things to come….for our classroom.  Please bear in mind that this is a *small* peek into the things to come; as I have baskets full of things to complete! (sewing on doll heads, making doll clothing, finishing some crowns, and the like….are on my list of to-dos)

 

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These are early signs of Spring,

When flowers bloom and robins sing,

From their safe warm winter beds,

Flowers pop their little heads.

These are the early signs of Spring,

When flowers bloom and robins sing.

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These Flower Babies will be joining us tomorrow in Our Classroom.  They are completed-PHEW!  I got inspiration from http://twigandtoadstool.blogspot.com/ ….I had to create them immediately—knowing that it was the exact thing for our seasonal table.  Right now they are tucked ever so tightly into their leaf sleeping bags….and waiting ever so patiently to meet their friends tomorrow in class!

Until then,

Michelle

Coming Events……Joyful Birth &Breastfeeding Expo; Open House for 2011/2012….

We will have a table at this beautiful upcoming event (Saturday, March 12 from 10am-5pm at Asheville Mall) and would love you to join us!  For more info: http://www.parkridgehealth.org/node/611

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We are also VERY excited to be hosting our very first Open House for the 2011-2012 school year!  On Friday, March 18th from 10am-11am please join us for an activity and information session at our beautiful classroom space.  For those of you who do not know, we are located in East Asheville (at Groce United Methodist Church).  The beauty of the space-inside and out-will captivate you….along with the warmth of our families and teachers….so please make plans to join us! 

GWM is a community of young children and parents, seeking to create a
cooperative learning program that facilitates social, spiritual, emotional,
physical, and intellectual growth in a loving, supportive atmosphere. We nurture
a respect for self, others, and nature while providing a safe environment for
our children to stretch their imaginations and to explore their interests.

We offer a unique part-time program with experienced teachers leading the classes and parents rotating as helpers. Quality programming, natural materials, invested caregivers, affordable tuition, and exceptional classroom and outdoor play space conveniently located in East Asheville. We draw inspiration from the
Waldorf model of education, following the values of Reverence, Repetition, and Rhythm.

For this coming school year we will be offering two program options (ages 3-5 and 5-6). 
Details:
small class size, max 12 students
parents volunteer in the class as helpers 1-2x/month
tag-a-longs are welcome on classroom days

PreK (3-5 y/o) :
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays………9-12:30
Tuition: $175/month

Kindergarten (5-6 y/o):
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays……9:00-1:00
Tuition: $200/month

Application fee: $25, Annual materials fee, $50

If you have any questions about either of the above, please do not hesitate to contact us!

Warmly,

Michelle

Spring is Coming

Spring it is coming, is coming, is coming.

Spring it is coming, with flowers and rain.

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping.

Spring, it is coming with flowers and rain.

-this is a song/movement verse that I created to usher in the first bits of Springtime

It is obvious that Spring is on her way.  The air is getting a bit warmer, the birds are chirping a bit louder…heck, I am even starting to have worms creep into my laundry room after a rain storm.  She is on her way.  Breathe her in deeply, let her surround your being…..exhale her slowly and see the life of your breath fill the space around you and others….She is here waiting on the doorstep…just as the seeds of peas, radishes, beans, and lettuce seeds that we  have started in the past two weeks are waiting.  They are all waiting for the rain, the sun, the nourishment of the soil…

In class, this has become more than obvious…the coming of Spring.  Not creeping in ever so slowly…but instead…like a spring rainstorm that comes out of nowhere.  It’s persistent, and creates a yucky mess while it lingers.  The good news though is that it dries up quickly and you are left with lots of little flecks of green…a lot of new growth, new life, new development…this rings so true when speaking of the past couple of weeks in class.  

Like a troop of busy little birds, the children in class have been no where close to stopping.  Well, except for right around snack time or lunch.  These two times have again become the favorite parts of the day by just about every child (and myself).  Recently we have made everything from pancakes to pizza to what has become Our classroom bread (that we bake every Wednesday and eat every Thursday)… the Flax Seed Whole Wheat Loaf.  The recipe follows…..

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Flax Seed Whole Wheat Bread

2 lb loaf

1 1/2c    water

3T            oil

1/4c       honey

2 2/3c   unbleached bread flour

1 1/3c    whole wheat flour

1/3c       milled flax (substituted for 1/3c dry milk…the mille flax makes the bread sooo much yummier!)

2 1/2T   flax seed (although I tend to add A LOT more of whole flax seeds—I even let the children decorate the dough with flax seeds during our bread modeling time)

1 1/4T    gluten

1 1/2t     salt

2 1/4t     one packet of yeast

Combine ingredients—with hands or mixer—cover and set in a sunny window until the dough has doubled in size…then gently turn out a few times and place in a greased loaf pan.  Bake at 325-350 degrees for as long as it takes (usually an hour and a half; but will depend tremendously on the oven you are working with) to have a brown crust.   You may also use this recipe in a bread maker!

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A lot of other great things have been moving, shifting, growing….but I will save that for another post at another time.

I hope all is well in your world….and that the beginnings of Spring are starting to creep into your life ever so slowly.

With Many Blessings of the coming Season,

Michelle

Preschool Open House

Hello all Mamas, Papas, and little children!

We wanted to let you know that our Spring Open House at Grow With Me (Preschool Classroom) will be occuring on Monday, April 12th from 9:30AM until 11:30AM. Everyone is invited to stop by and get a feel for what Grow With Me has to offer!

The classroom will be open for free play and will also have some special play centers set up to give the little ones a taste of what part of our day is like. Our teacher, Sarah Justice, will also be on hand along with some of our currently enrolled families to assist you with any questions you have about our program (there will also be a Kindergarten representative on hand to show you the K classroom and answer any questions)!

 For those of you who don’t know about our program, Grow With Me is waldorf-inspired learning cooperative located in East Asheville. We operate on a Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday schedule from 9am-12:30pm and require that parents are scheduled to work in the classroom 2 days per month minimum. While at school, the children flow in and out of the daily rhythms which may include free play, circle time, centers, baking, bread making, snack, outdoor play/exploration, creative movement, music, story times, and lunch.

Grow With Me Pre-K has a ratio of 1:4 (one teacher, 2 parents) and caps it’s enrollment at 12 students per classroom. If we sound like a good fit for your family or you have additional questions or curiousities, stop by during the Open House or email (we are always open to having prospective families schedule visits during our regular school days)! We would love to meet you and get you acquainted with OUR family at GWM!

 Until then, Michelle Gullage Membership Coordinator, Grow With Me growwithmecooperative@yahoo.com 828-713-5261