Memory

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By Laura One wonderful benefit of parent/teacher conferences is having an opportunity to find out what children are playing at home. This is especially exciting when we find out that more than one preschooler has been exploring the same thing. We found out that both Stella and Shanti have been playing “Memory” games at home. Today, they brought their games … Read More

Tortuga Marina

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By Cheryl Laura was not alone when she returned from her trip to Mexico.  She brought Tortuga Marina to join our community!  Next week we are beginning a large project in which Tortuga Marina will travel home with a different child two or three times a week.  A journal will travel with Tortuga Marina so that parents and children can … Read More

An Accordian Introduction

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By Cheryl Today during Music and Movement, Sarah-Lu brought an accordion!  Perry identified the unfamiliar instrument initially, but by the end of the class, all the children had an opportunity to explore how it worked.  The accordion added an audio element to the class that provided melody for the familiar song “Candle, candle burning bright…” as well as gave the … Read More

Getting Back To Normal

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By Cheryl Well, startingto get back to normal.  Roy, Shanti, Ujia, Jadon, and Willa came back to school today.  We are still missing a few of our friends but look forward to seeing them soon.  Also, today, Laura was out but we hope to see her tomorrow. Today Keren I worked with a group of nine.  We enjoyed the opportunity … Read More

Portland Water Bureau

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By Laura Yesterday, many of the families had to take a detour on their way to school. Something was happening at 52nd and Clinton. Linny and Perry thought that it might be a sink hole or a broken water pipe. Today we found out that our water would be turned off so workers could do some construction at that same … Read More

Shanti’s Stories

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5/20/13 Once upon a time one day there was a big duz. And the bug duz was big buzz. And the big buzz was a big bumblebee. And there also was Bumblebee Achoo Atoo, and there was another big bumblebee it was named Shanti. The first bumble bee was actually named Laura Bernadette. They play, play, play, play. There also … Read More

Sculpting

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By Laura Today we had a tiny group of seven children and three teachers. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone back at school again soon. During choice time, Keren taught us a two-person game called Sculptor and Clay. One person pretends to be a lump of clay and the other person uses touch and specific verbal directions to shape the … Read More

Lovely Day!

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By Cheryl Sometimes as a teacher ( and maybe as parents too!) we can feel overly responsible for things that occur in the classroom (or home), especially challenges.  I often remind myself (and encourage you to do this as well!) that sometimes, things just ARE. Today was one of those days when I felt surrounded by smiles and children feeling … Read More

Now Lila is Four!

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By Cheryl Today we celebrated Lila’s fourth birthday with special cooking project and a visit from Lila’s parents, Peter and Sarah-Lu. We love these birthday celebrations at school!  One of my favorite parts of the ritual is the reading of the birthday wishes from the card.  All the children work to decorate the card and teachers ask each child for … Read More

The Process of Play

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By the Cheryl   One of the delightful aspects of spending time with children this age is being witness to the way children process learning through their dramatic play.  Lately there is an imaginative play theme that emerges over and over and over again.  Our class is visited by “tooth fairies” almost daily.  It seems the children are becoming aware … Read More