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Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Farm Camp 2018
Week two of Manhattan Country School’s Farm Camp featured our campers farming, gardening, cooking, eating, swimming and camping under the stars. I believe that the amount of work, responsibility and skills our kids possess is often underestimated. They are truly running a farm. Through barn chores before breakfast and again before dinner, they care for the animals that take care of us. They weed, cultivate and harvest the fruits and vegetables that we consume during Farm Camp and the rest of...
Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Farm Camp 2018 Week One
Week one of Manhattan Country School’s Farm Camp is in the books. The vegetable gardens have never looked better. The kids have been harvesting, eating and processing broccoli, lettuce, snap peas, summer squash, onions, raspberries and kale. Campers in cooking class have been creating delicious meals with these ingredients and others produced right here at our farm. The kids have started many different projects in textiles class, including needle felting, rug hooking and weaving on the...
Posted on Sunday, June 17, 2018
Delivered at the June 8, 2018 Parents' Association Meeting In late September, as a precursor to the idea of taking a trip back in time, the 8-9s were asked, “What do you need to live?”  Since progressive education upholds the concept of honoring children’s development, the 8-9s are old enough now to be able to understand what it means to learn about long ago and far away, as early progressive educators determined.   Cosi, the teacher, designs the social studies curriculum in such a way that,...
Posted on Sunday, June 17, 2018
Delivered at the June 8, 2018 Parents' Association Meeting The end of the school year is a time of transition. It’s never easy to say goodbye to the eighth-graders and their families, or other families, faculty, and staff that are moving to new communities. Acknowledging what each of them has done to make MCS a vibrant place helps, as does seeing the enthusiasm of the new people we will get to know better soon. Leslie Cain, outgoing PA co-president, is not leaving but is transitioning into a...
Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Studying the soil at the MCS Farm.
It’s often difficult to describe a typical Manhattan Country School Farm trip. There are only so many superlatives one can use to explain the authentic work and learning students experience. The recent sixth-grade spring trip was jam-packed with special activities, visitors and new experiences. Let’s not forget, the kids also had a farm to operate. Upon arrival the kids were charged with naming our milk cow Daisy’s new calf. Several suggestions were offered. In the end the week-old heifer was...