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Free Time Stories: Sledding

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We sat around the teacher’s lounge today at lunch and chatted. We call it the teacher’s lounge fondly, because one woman has a horrible memory of accidentally opening the door to the teacher’s lounge when she was young, and being vehemently scolded and forcibly escorted. At Plumfield, the “teacher’s lounge” is four folding chairs set […]

Free Time Stories: Creative Play

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It was a full morning for the younger students (who range from age six to nice years old). Math and language arts, when each child worked at their skill level, was followed by half an hour of history when the students heard a whole chapter about Rome in 500 BC. In a very exciting bit […]

My First Day at Plumfield

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We’ll be featuring various stories, testimonies and accounts from current and former families and students periodically on our blog, and are pleased to bring you this account of one mother’s first day at Plumfield.  by Kristen Kansiewicz The Gentle Art of Parenting. As a mom of two toddlers, that sounded like the kind of class […]

“School-sick”

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Plumfield always takes a full two weeks off at Christmas and New Year’s. It’s a lovely practice that allows for families to travel or to snuggle up at home, doing whatever they want to celebrate the holidays, without the pressure of having to rush back to “normal life.” My family traveled to Virginia for most […]

An hour of free time…per day?

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We had a grandmother visit last year, and ask “Why do they let the kids have a full hour for lunch? Isn’t that a waste of time when they could be doing more work? The parents are paying good money for them to be here, and they spend an hour of that time justplaying?” It’s […]

Plumfield is Amazing, Part 5

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By Jennifer Drummond published originally on “That Got Me Thinking” Here is my final post on my daughter’s amazing school. (Read part one, part two, part three, and part four). Homeschooling for first grade was a pretty sweet experience (helped by the fact that we were living in a cabin in the woods in New Hampshire) and I would not […]

On Livy, Money and Power

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This text from Livy was the basis of a recent discussion by 5th & 6th graders at Plumfield:             Now the sons of Ancus, since they had been grown to manhood, had taken it ill that Tarquin had been preferred before them to the throne of their father, and now […]

Plumfield is Amazing, Part 4

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By Jennifer Drummond, That Got Me Thinking This is part four of my five part series (read Part One, Part Two and Part Three), and after having my daughter there for the better part of a year, I am thrilled to tell you why our whole family thinks Plumfield Academy is an amazing place. 4. Plumfield helps many families under stress detox and […]

Pick me!

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The eager cry of a child’s “Pick me!” has the power to stir anxiety as well as anticipation in the hearts of young and old alike. The scene that unfolded on the green hills at Plumfield a few weeks ago was no exception. The boy wiggled, his little body in constant motion. “Pick me! Pick […]

Plumfield is Amazing, Part 3

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By Jennifer Drummond That got me thinking This is part three of a five-part series about my daughter’s school (read Part One and Part Two). It was after we finished homeschooling first grade that I realized my daughter needed a peer group and we investigated ways to provide that for her. Upon returning to the North Shore area […]