Mornings In The Commons

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By Cheryl   As the weather is changing we are offering an early morning outdoor option.  I’d like to share a few moments from this morning when a small group gathered for some lovely play and exploration.                          

It’s Seamus’s Birthday!

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by Cheryl   Today we celebrated Seamus’s fifth!  Lael (mom) joined us in our lively celebration, sharing small stories including birth in an inflatable tub.  We also  learned that Seamus had an early love of birds and dancing. We continued the celebration with popcorn at lunch – multicolored!  Seamus has talked all year about his desire to stay at school … Read More

Questions For Keren

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by Cheryl   During our circle time today we had a visit from Keren.  She told us the story of her accident and all the things she has learned from the experience.  Keren shared with us that she is grateful she was wearing a helmet and that she plans to make her body more visible when she rides her bike … Read More

A Good Kind of Tired

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By Cheryl As I am working on this blog, all of the afternoon kids are sleeping:     And this: And…   I’m guessing the others are napping at home as well.   Here are just a few images of all that our busy day entailed.     The maiden class trip to Mount Tabor was a smashing success.  Can’t … Read More

From the Playdough Table

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By Laura Linny: I’m making a burrito. I put some blue, blue, blue avocado. Perry: Hey Emi, I’m making pizza. Jadon: Hey Emi, I’m making a burrito, a different kind of burrito that’s flat. Haddie: I’m making a ring. Lois: I’m making a ring. Can I make you a ring? Jadon: This is a pancake. Emi: I’m making sandwiches. Linny: … Read More

Curiosity Bag

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By Laura Today during morning meeting, Cheryl introduced a “curiosity bag.” She told the class that inside was a paper clue about what was going to happen next in our day. She took guesses: MacKenna: I think it’s a paper airplane. Boone: A picture of a happy face. Haddie: A plane. Arly: Maybe a truck? She gave another clue, “It’s … Read More

The Big Mess

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By Laura During morning play time today many children decided that Squiggles the squirrel needed some food. A lot of food. His food consisted of blocks, magnatiles, puzzle pieces, puppets, sponges, dolls and animals. More and more preschoolers used bags and purses to bring him loads of groceries. The small brown table filled up and spilled onto the floor. Soon … Read More

Time Watchers

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By Laura Today, after working on self-portraits, my appointment group decided to get the mat out. Donning their silk capes or “parachutes” Shanti, Willa, Tychol, Caleb and Ujia took turns jumping from the bench onto the mat. Due to the size of the mat it can really only safely support one to two children doing this particular activity. So we … Read More

Portraits of Self

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by Cheryl Today was an unusual day in that six of our expected fifteen kids were out.  During our choice time, while I was outside building “Mt. Hood” in the sandbox with Seamus, Perry, and Anna, Laura was inside with a small group working on these self-portraits.  I love the way these photos illustrate the individual and unique approaches to … Read More

“Who’s Awake? Me Too!”

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by Cheryl   Today Becky (Linny and Perry’s mom) joined us at circle to share her knowledge of owls.  Becky told us that when a horned owl is nearby, we may hear something that sounds like “Who’s awake? Me too!” which was fun for all the children to practice.   Becky brought owl feathers and hawk feathers.  She flapped them … Read More