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82 of Peregrine Family Take on Redwoods By Lorie Hammond

Camping trip to Richardson Grove enhances outdoor learning.

Imagine a group of children and their families
–walking on top of a fallen tree ten feet high and a block long, experiencing how tall a redwood tree can be
— learning from a park docent that redwoods are the tallest trees on earth, that they existed all over the earth in the days of dinosaurs, and that now they exist only in the coastal fog belt of California
–exploring the forest through a scavenger hunt, led by Teacher Pa, to find plants, rocks, animals, tracks and seeds typical of a redwood grove
–discussing a Walt Whitman poem, with Teacher Chris, about  feeling the soul of a redwood tree which faces a woodcutter’s ax, then writing your own poem
— tasting edible plants in the forest with the help of a docent, and learning how a dead tree is not really dead, but is rather a home for many decomposers
— watching bats hunt on the river at night, then hearing about nocturnal animals in the redwood forest from a young docent
Now combine all this immersion learning in the redwood forest with three days of community building, in which Peregrine families and staff cooked over fires and ate together, hiked and swam together, and got to know each other better in beautiful Richardson Grove State Park.  Imagine french toast and bacon over a fire, children and dogs eagerly lined up for bacon, and spaghetti and s’mores in the evening.  Imagine children running up and down the night mountain with headlamps on steep paths while parents visited by the fire, and a determined group of mostly boys burned sticks incessantly, reveling in making as much smoke as possible, while  counseled endlessly by parents and staff about campfire safety.
Imagine these scenes and you will begin to get a sense of what a Peregrine family study tour is like, and why we like to create one for elementary families in the fall, so that people can get to know each other better and experience cross-generational immersion learning.

Fall 2017 After School Class Registration NOW OPEN!

Be sure to secure your spot before September 8th!

Click here to find out more: Peregrine After School Programs – Fall 2017

Register Now via check or Peregrine account or PayPal for one of Peregrine Elementary School’s unique after school classes, offered to students in grades pre-K to 6! Classes begin the week of September 11th, 2017. Class registration is also open to non-Peregrine School students. See below for class descriptions and information on how to register!

Direct all questions to Camille Brown: camille@peregrineschool.org

The Importance of Grandparents and Special Friends

The importance of grandparents and special friends

By Lorie Hammond

Next week, April 5-7, is grandparents’ week in all of our classrooms!

I know that all of us appreciate the role that grandparents play in our children’s lives.  We see grandparents dropping off and picking up happy children every day, and know that families are lucky who have grandparents in town who can participate in the daily life of their grandchildren.  But I think we could go further in integrating grandparents and other special friends, including senior citizens in our neighborhoods, in the life of our school.

This week is a time to begin the process.  

Our children could benefit soooo much from grandparents reading stories, helping with projects, or just being an extra adult in their lives, who listens to what they have to say.  I know that grandparents are busy these days, but I think we might reach out more than we have to invite our grandparents or neighbors to be a part of our school life on an everyday or weekly basis.  Think about whether a grandparent or special friend in your family would like such an invitation, and if so let our teachers know.  Our children can also use another special friend!

Please look for notes from your child’s teacher about specific events in your child’s classroom.  Each teacher is organizing his/her own version of this event.  But the days for each of our programs are as follows:

Wednesday, April 5- Grandparents and Special Friends’ Day at Peregrine ECC West—Participation in classrooms from 10:30-11:30 AM, with tea with Director Lorie for those who would like to learn more about the school at 11:30 in Room P-2.  

Thursday, April 6- Grandparents and Special Friends’ Day at Peregrine ECC South– Specific teachers will give you information about when to come.


Friday, April 6- Grandparents and special friends’ day at Peregrine Elementary- Teachers will send information about details.