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We’re a family under one sky.

We are people, and animals,

flowers and birds that fly!

"We're a family, under one sky."

“We’re a family, under one sky.”

Through the exploration of the elements of earth, air, water and fire, we discovered that the spirit of the forest was all around us in the beautiful forest at Shope Creek, part of the Pisgah National Forest.   Thirteen sweet children joined us for a week of “Fun in the Forest”.

creekWith the help of Green Works, we explored the creek waters with kick nets and found lots of little macroinvertebrates.  We also learned some fun songs to help us remember the difference between stoneflies and mayflies.

 

On our daily hikes, we met many plant friends.  We learned how plantain can help usplants if we’re stung by an insect.  We enjoyed munching on the lemony leaves of wood sorrel, and we were always on the look out for Sister Poison Ivy.

Our exploration of the earth revealed the life living in the soil and on the trees.  We were always very excited to discover the aliveness snail
slugsof the forest.   We found slugs and snails.  Saw lots of beautiful butterflies!  And even a walking stick!  Though we walked on our giant paws like a “big black bear”, thankfully, we did not see any of our large four legged friends!

During the week, the children worked together to create their own lean-to fort.  We also made lots of fun crafts.  Sit upons to keep us dry, mobiles made from nature, mud paintings, and our own bark boats, which we sailed together down the creek.  Our week ended with roasting hotdogs and marshmallows over the fire!

We have another camp coming up soon!  There are still a few spots available in our Summertime in the Garden Camp (August 11-15).  If you are interested, please leave a comment on our contact page.

January 2014

“Of winter’s lifeless world each tree
Now seems a perfect part;
Yet each one holds summer’s secret
Deep down within its heart.”
–  Charles G. Stater

 

We have returned from holiday break and although the weather has been cold, we have been enjoying all that winter has to offer!

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We even went on a field trip to the North Carolina Arboretum to see the Lego sculptures!

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 Inside the classroom, kids have been busy making lots of warm snacks like roasted veggies and homemade bread! We have also been playing with ice and observing the effects that salt and warm water have on it.
 
 
 
 
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We’ve had a busy month, but perhaps everyone favorite activity has been acting out, “The Mitten” where each child pretends to be an animal that hides inside a little boy’s lost mitten!

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Lighting a candle:

Deep in the ground of the human soul, 

Of victory assured,

The Spirit-Sun is living.

All through the winter of the inner life

The faithful heart divines it.

-Steiner

 

December has been a busy month at Grow With Me and we have been celebrating all that the season has to offer.

A chill was in the air for our forest day at Shoppe Creek, but a warm campfire warmed our hands and spirits!

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Inside the classroom children have been happily making seasonal crafts like colorful lanterns made from mason jars!

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We also had a special Winter Soltice celebration at our school. Past and present families were all invited to participate in our solstice spiral and enjoy the warmth and light of friendship on the darkest day of the year.

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“The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even hear, but must be felt with the heart” Helen Keller

 

November reminds us to be thankful for all that we have, and at Grow With Me we have lots to be grateful for! At the beginning of the month, Grow With Me had our semi-annual volunteer day. Children and families worked together to build new cubbies for the classroom and even constructed new stairs and a bridge for our outdoor play area! 

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Inside the classroom children have been learning the concept of gratitude and sharing stories about things they are grateful for in their own lives.

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 We have been busy cooking lots of warm and hearty snacks as the cold weather sets in! We have also had lots of little hands making crafts like turkey centerpieces made from natural materials! 

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October 2013

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” 
― L.M. MontgomeryAnne of Green Gables

Autumn has settled in and we here at Grow With Me have been enjoying all that the season has to offer!

We enjoyed another forest day at Shope Creek where the kids observed the crisper air, brightly colored leaves and the changing of the seasons.

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We have been enjoying all that autumn has to offer inside the classroom too! We have been incorporating local, seasonal ingredients into our snacks. The kids have enjoyed making pumpkin muffins and seasonal vegetable soup! 

 

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On Halloween the Grow With Me families went on a special field trip to Hickory Nut Gap Farm. We sampled different varieties of apples, played on swings, slides and haystacks, and got to meet some special farm animals- each kid even got a chance to hold a baby chick! After a picnic lunch we went through the corn maze and played it the creek. It certainly was a Halloween to remember!

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September 2013

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”― Aristotle

As the cooler air settles in a new school year has returned to Grow With Me. We are starting off strong this year with full enrollment for the 2013-2014 school year, but if you are interested in signing up for the wait list, or joining our mailing list to learn more about the program, please feel free to contact us!

 

As we return for the 2013-2014 school year, we have been spending lots of time outside in the beautiful weather! We have been busy planting our fall vegetable garden. Once the vegetables are fully grown we will harvest them to use in our snacks!

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This month we also held our first forest day at Shope Creek. Once a month, we hold school in the forest  to spend the day hiking, listening to nature, and observing the changing seasons.

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We are all looking forward to what this school year will bring!

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Last week our kiddos finished making masks for their performance of the Russian folktale “The Little Red Hen.” Too cute! After the masks were finished, they decided to spend the morning using classroom items to build themselves a barnyard and act out their roles. It was sweet to watch them so engaged with each other in imaginary play.

This is the last week of class this year for our little east Asheville preschool. We will end the year in grand style tomorrow with a day of water play, a potluck lunch with parents and a ceremony recognizing the children who are graduating from the program and moving on to kindergarten. Look for photos of the festivities!

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