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Posted on Friday, October 13, 2017
8-9s Farm Trip
There is no better way to learn the routines of the Manhattan Country School Farm than through the eyes of a child. The 8-9s, on only their second trip to the Farm, had the rare opportunity to orient their teacher,  Cosi. Taking a page out of MCS progressive pedagogy, the kids taught by doing. Upon arrival, the students showed how they carry any luggage, rather than waiting for their own. They explained that if everyone pitches in, all bags will make it to the front porch. During the move-in...
Posted on Thursday, October 5, 2017
Harvesting Carrots at the MCS Farm
The Manhattan Country School Farm is deep into harvest season. The Catskills have experienced several frosts, which puts the Farm on a tight deadline with Mother Nature. The farm community needs to stay focused and industrious in getting things out of the ground. This week fifth grade students have been incredibly busy harvesting our root vegetables. Bushels of carrots, potatoes and beets are pulled or dug, brushed off and stored for winter. Some vegetables are snacked on during class,...
Posted on Wednesday, October 4, 2017
The 4-5s through 7-8s were treated to a classical music recital this past Wednesday, October 4. Two superb musicians—Linda Rosenthal, violin, and Max Pakhomov, piano—performed pieces by Brahms and other composers for our youngest students. The children were enthralled by the beautiful music and afterwards asked thoughtful questions of the performers, including “How do you get that sound from the piano?” and “Why do you play the violin with your eyes closed?” Manhattan Country School is...
Posted on Monday, October 2, 2017
Students at Giant Ledge
The Catskill Mountains are a world-class destination for outdoor pursuits. Manhattan Country School students and teachers are surrounded by and reminded of this beauty each time they visit the Farm. The explosion of autumn colors greeted the Seventh and Eighth Grade Sur homeroom upon arriving at the Farm last week. Several students, along with teachers Annie and Garth, took the opportunity to venture off the Farm to hike to Giant Ledge. The large rock outcroppings perched on the side of...
Posted on Friday, September 29, 2017
Maiya Jackson, Upper School Director
At the Upper School assembly on the first day of school, we played Follow the Leader. Karen chose a few students to leave the room and then established a secret leader to decide on the movement for the group. The students who had left returned to guess who among the 80 students was changing the movement as we all followed her. For our second activity, we made a rainstorm. Flannery and I led the students in making four simple movements. With everyone doing each movement, it sounded like the...