The Manhattan Country School Farm provides countless unique experiences for our students during the 17 trips they take to the farm from the 7-8s through eighth grade. One of the pivotal trips for each class is the first one they take during the school year. The fifth grade had the distinction of being the very first class to have their first trip this year - essentially spending their first week of school at the Farm!
The MCS Farm education program and the systems and routines that inform meals, chores, classes and free time provide an ideal backdrop for building classroom community. Most of our fifth graders know each other quite well, having been classmates for several years, however two new students joined the class this fall and quickly bonded with their classmates through the unique MCS Farm experiences. The Farm also provides an ideal space for students and teachers to make connections, allowing the Fifth Grade Teacher Shani and her 20 new students the chance to get to know each other better as a classroom community at the start of the new year.
The children, Shani and the entire Farm staff worked to harvest bushels of paste tomatoes, broccoli, lettuce, snap peas and onions. Some were eaten fresh, some added to recipes and some frozen or stored for winter use. In textiles class, our students set up their backstrap looms for weaving. These simple looms from the Mayan tradition allow the artist to create exquisite cloth. The kids will return to weaving on these looms on their winter and spring trips. In nature class, students experienced a long standing MCS tradition of getting "lost" in the woods and safely finding their way back to the farm house (all of this happened under the watchful eye of Annie, our nature teacher), and many of the children spent free time picking and eating apples and catching crawfish in the stream.
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