I am excited to welcome our home school community into our handwork circle. I can hardly wait to meet all the children and to see them working together. I revere the kind of decision making it takes for a parent to choose a school environment for your child.
When I was deeply considering a school for my own children I found making the final decision was really difficult and I was waffling from one day to the next. I called my little sister and laid out all the pros and cons. I told her that what I thought I'd like about Mountain Sage was that they taught the way I would teach my own children at home. She said, "If there is a school out there that would teach your children the way you would, why are you hesitating? That sounds terrific." Our family chose Mountain Sage for our children three years ago and my sister was right, it is terrific. Now, not only do I get to be a Mountain Sage mom, I also get to teach children the skills that I've cultivated over a lifetime and value.
This fall our Homeschool Enrichment Program will begin with our pioneering home school families. I am already making plans for meeting the needs of these 1st through 5th graders. I have a new handwork bag for each child ready to be labeled with their name and hung in their cubby before the first day of school. I'm choosing the soft balls of wool for our new knitters and cutting the wood dowels we will use to make our own needles. I'm saving scraps for quilt blocks. I've collected needles and pins for our sewing projects. Today flax and marigolds were planted in our textile and dye garden for us to harvest and use next fall. I've started collecting stories and verses that will fill the hearts of children of any age. I am excited to spend this summer collaborating with the teaching team that will be holding these children. I've worked with them closely already and know them to be superior and caring teachers from whom we will all learn much.
It is so exciting to have new people (and perhaps a few old friends) joining our community of learners. So...welcome children! Welcome parents! Welcome all those who care deeply about the education of these children! Together you will be amazed what we can do with our hands and our heads and our hearts, too!
Mrs. Barbara Albert