Goodbye Stella

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By Laura Today was Stella’s last day at Tulip Tree. Her parents, Lesley and Robbie, joined us for a goodbye stump circle. They gifted the preschool one of Stella’s favorite books: How Groundhog’s Garden Grew. And Stella made us all a card, complete with “a human, two unopened flowers and two open flowers.” The children offered her a fond farewell, … Read More

Cafe Date

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by Cheryl Today I had a special appointment with Tycho, Ujia, and Boone.   It was time for a cafe appointment!  The four of us set out under rather damp conditions to our cafe destination, Petite Provence. Upon our arrival, a now familiar waiter greeted all the boys in a friendly manner, giving them high fives or fist bumps and showing … Read More

Story Workshop Beginnings

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Story Workshop Beginnings In the past two years, the children at Tulip Tree have done a lot of work in story-telling and story-theater. They have become proficient story-tellers, and the stories have become rich and intertwined. The children look forward to acting their stories out on the green “stage” before lunchtime, or last year, on the patio after lunch. We … Read More

Making Amends

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by Sarah Lu Today at circle, we told the story of Punkin, a girl who could not hear at all, and who was different from her friends.   Punkin came to school one day with her mommy, and her friends called her names and said that they didn’t want to play with her.   This made Punkin and her mom really sad.  … Read More

Haddie Turns Four at Tabor

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By Laura Today, Haddie’s mom Stevie and her grandpa Steve joined us for Haddie’s birthday celebration. This was our first outdoor birthday circle–we gathered around a picnic table near the playground on Mt. Tabor. Stevie shared with us the story of climbing the stairs on Mt. Tabor when she was super pregnant, encouraging Haddie to be born with each step. … Read More

Giving Back to the Tree

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By Laura Today at Morning Meeting Cheryl read The Giving Tree. Then she held an appointment at the park for six preschoolers: Graham, Perry, Linny, Anna, Evan and Lila. Claire (Graham’s mom) volunteered to help document their work by taking photos. Cheryl presented to the group a photo provocation–a picture of a tree trunk covered in colorful string that she … Read More

Morning Work

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By Laura From 8:30 to 9:30 is often my favorite part of the preschool day, especially on Mondays, because everyone enters the space with news about what they did over the weekend. I love having a chance to chat and connect with individual children and to give them space and time to select how they are going to start their … Read More

View Of A Lovely Day…

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by Cheryl   Today was one of those days that just seemed to flow smoothly.  We also had the camera at most key times so I thought it would be nice to show you the overview.  Enjoy!   Before 9:30am…. While outside…     Then Circle and Choice time…         That brings us to the present, where … Read More

Trip To Grampi and Mimi’s

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by Cheryl We were privileged today to visit the home of Linny and Perry’s grandparents today, Linda and Wendell.  They graciously  shared themselves and the life they have  in beautiful Portland. The children were invited to run, frolic, pet ducks, plant seeds, picnic, eat watermelon, pick and eat a variety of lettuces, and play basketball. Oh, and the bus ride … Read More