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Posted on Thursday, February 8, 2018
Lower School Tertulia
In the real world, learning is a naturally interdisciplinary process. In the Spanish program at Manhattan Country School, students engage in activities and communication that are relevant. In the Lower School, in order to plan for an upcoming celebration, students need math to understand how calendars work, music to sing, art to decorate, language arts and science to follow a recipe and games to play. In this child-centered context, with attention to emotions as well as intellect, our...
Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2018
5-6s Subitizing
An important feature of an early childhood math curriculum that parents may not know about is something called subitizing, which is a large word for a very simple phenomena: the ability to recognize the number of objects simply by looking at their arrangement. If you have every rolled a pair of dice and recognized 12 pips by seeing two sets of boxcars, then you know what it feels like to subitize. Subitizing helps us count objects quickly using familiar patterns: the first set of dots...
Posted on Wednesday, January 17, 2018
The Manhattan Country School Farm sits in a steep, narrow valley, or hollow, in the Catskill Mountains. At an elevation of 1,700 feet, the rainfall, natural spring runoff and snowmelt flow into two mountain streams. Many years ago, New York City took advantage of the pristine water source of the Catskills and damned several rivers to create reservoirs of drinking water for its residents. The water from the streams flowing through the MCS Farm property finds its way to the Pepacton Reservoir....
Posted on Friday, January 5, 2018
January 2018 Fifth Floor Norte Farm Trip
Returning from the winter break and traveling immediately to the Manhattan Country School Farm would appear to be a recipe for readjustment and confusion. Spending two weeks away from school—sleeping late, watching movies, traveling—requires students to reboot when they return. The schedules and routines tied to the Farm program require this to happen immediately. Jobs and tasks in classes at the Farm are tied directly to the life and health of our farm animals and our human community. The...
Posted on Saturday, December 16, 2017
5-6s Fine Motor Workout
If there is one thing I wish I didn’t have to teach, it is handwriting.  While we can make handwriting instruction as multi-sensory and progressive as possible, and utilize the excellent program “Handwriting Without Tears,” handwriting success requires a lot of rote repetition, writing letters over and over to lock the formation into muscle memory. However, I would never choose to not teach handwriting. For many children, it is far easier to identify a letter than to produce one. We...

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