My new hat

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by Mage This morning the children tested their theories with a little “wacky” activity. In the basement, we have an assortment of bags and purses for the children to play with. I put a bag on my head, turned to Hannah and said, “Have you seen my new hat?” Hannah looked at me and grinned. She pointed at my head and … Read More

Do you need more space?

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There has been so much growth in our classroom in terms of setting boundaries. We are seeing the children using words, and sometimes their bodies to show that they need space. You may have heard about “Sleeping Friends”, or also may have seen it in action. It’s an awesome dancing song where the children start as “sleeping” and then wake … Read More

Rose pink and sticky

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by Mage We had a bit of a festive theme with our play dough (actually, Baker’s dough) today. It was rose pink with glitter, and we had big red and pink straws and Valentine’s themed cookie cutters to use as tools. Having aesthetically beautiful classroom materials is, of course, secondary to function; however, I think children develop an appreciation of … Read More

“Help!”

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By Bee Last Wednesday the sprouts were busy preparing for meal time. Flip was frustrated with her chair and began to cry. “Help. Help Flip” I turned to Luca and signed, “You said you want to help Flip?” Hannah verbally responded to the question I signed to Luca, “Flip cry.” Luca walked over to the closet purposefully and reached into … Read More

“Oishi!!” (Yummy)

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By Mage Earlier this week in the Seed class, Sen has taught us a new way to talk about our food in Japanese. He puts an index finger to his cheek and says, “Oishi!” which translates to yummy or tastes good in English. It has become a hit in our room. There’s Sen with a double “Oishi!”

Staying Positive

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By Shella As a teacher of small children, it is important that I remind myself daily just how important my work is. I am growing and learning and problem solving day to day. If I weren’t growing myself, I would just stay stagnant as a teacher, which wouldn’t benefit your children at all! Due to the extreme change and growth … Read More

Communication is key

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By Bee In a previous blog this week, Looking at you, looking at me, Mage reflected on, and wondered about, the children’s growing interest in one another’s bodies and gestures.  The opportunity arose for us to invite in a guest, Kristin, who is hard of hearing and uses American Sign Language. Kristin joined the seeds and the sprouts on Wednesday morning … Read More

Looking at you, looking at me

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by Mage The other day I saw Luca and Sen sitting together in the back of the basement, far from where the other children were playing. I was sitting a short distance away and noticed that Luca and Sen had been sitting across from each other silently for several minutes, which can be a long time for a toddler. I … Read More

Staying in the moment.

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By Shella An average day in the Elm Room consists of so much activity, one has to ask themselves, “am I  missing anything?” The truth is, as educators (and even as parents), we miss moments that are sometimes pivotal in our children’s growth and development. I often hear, “I don’t know where they got that word/phrase! They just woke up … Read More