6-7s Building Study: Progressive Education

Back to School and Back to the Farm for 7th and 8th Grade Students

Back to School and Back to the Farm for 7th and 8th Grade Students

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Manhattan Country School's 7th and 8th grade classes (Norte and Sur) made their first trip of the new year to the Farm over the last two weeks. For the Norte class it was the first week back to school after Winter Break. These first trips of the year are filled with students catching up and sharing stories from vacations or holidays. What better place to do this than at the Farm on a hike or the dinner table. The Farm always serves as a unique place for peers to make strong bonds while working hard to take care of the Farm during classes and chores, and exploring during free time.

In nature class, the 8th graders have delved back into their activism topic: The New York City Water supply. These students have the unique position of being stewards of the watershed here at the Farm and recipients of the water in the city. Throughout the year we have discussed the dense history of the New York City water supply, the creation of the Catskill and Delaware Watersheds and the modern issues through the lens of the Three E’s: equity, environment and economy.

Seventh graders were busy in the kitchen to meet their cooking requirements which include: making a successful recipe with yeast and a complete dinner for their peers. Students proudly present what they have made to the entire class.

Following in tradition, Norte and Sur took to the ski mountain Belleayre, for a day. They took lessons in the morning and enjoyed free skiing and snowboarding in the afternoon. This was a unique opportunity for students who have never been skiing or snowboarding before and provides an opportunity for more experienced students to help their peers. With some frustration but much joy, some novice skiers and snowboarders even made it from the bottom bunny hill to the chairlift in just one day!