The Pre-K class at Alphabet Academy’s South Campus has been preparing for winter by suiting up in cold weather gear and spending time outside everyday, no matter what. Over the past month our class has learned that every kind of weather is a unique occasion to try something new. Brisk windy days have provided us with the opportunity to fly leaf-kites and listen to wind chimes. Rain storms have lent themselves to mud baths and puddle jumping competitions. Some might even say that exhilarating hikes around the campus grounds in the sleet and snow rival the rush of climbing Mt. Everest. And, with every joyous outdoor exploration, I have observed my students growing socially, emotionally, and academically in ways that are not possible indoors.
When I remember my childhood, I always think of my carefree summers. At the lake I would come alive in the glistening water and muddy banks. We were campers. My summers were sensational and very different from my 10-month school year.