Honoring the Individual

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By Laura At preschool we do a lot of work helping the children see each other, listen to each other and connect as a whole group. We also find ways to honor each individual child and help children recognize the unique qualities and interests of their peers. One way we do this is by gathering birthday wishes. LRK turns three … Read More

Painting the Feeling Body

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We try to walk the boundary between offering new information, having strong expectations, and allowing freedom of expression. These are after all the tools that we as humans need to be able to work together- information about each other, expectations of respect and attention, and freedom to be ourselves.

Kabushka

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Back in the summertime, when we were grazing out in the Commons with our picnic blankets and the bees, a character was invented who still lives in our preschool imaginations. Kabushka is a friendly monster who inhabits the Tulip Tree. We have been telling Kabushka stories for about six months now and we have discovered many things about him.

Finnegan the Falcon

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Starting from this small place, we hope that patterns emerge through children’s lives, sending them memories of moments such as these to foster their courage to change the world. Early childhood is the place where first messages of sustainability and relationship are born.

Every… Last… Drop

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by Sarah Lu I took my first group to the cafe today.  The weather was oh so chilly, and because it was a Tuesday and there weren’t many people inside, we asked if it was okay to sit inside. But not before we salivated over the pastries… PR slurped his down faster that you could say ‘hot chocolate”.

And Now Lila is Five

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By Laura During her first year at Tulip Tree Preschool, when she was two and a half, Lila was described by our co-teacher, Katie, as “a fiery dragon with a heart of gold.” Even at that early age we all noticed her unbridled enthusiasm, powerful physical (and vocal) energy, stubborn tenacity and tendency to plow through a space sometimes at … Read More

OUR Castle

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A group of preschoolers works together to build a castle. Each individual then draws a picture of the structure. The text is a quotation by Aldo Masullo.