Face Paint Transformation

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by Alisha Last week we were very focused on drawing our own faces on paper and this week we have been drawing on our own faces! Whether we are using it to transform into a “Tiger-Dragon” or to enjoy the sensory experience of drawing on our own skin, face paint is super fun. The past couple of days we have … Read More

Two Eyes, a Nose and a Mouth

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by Alisha We have been working on our drawing self portraits. This is a project we do twice each year. Once at the beginning of the year, and once at the end, along with many other portrait projects in between. We talk about the shape of our facial features and look closely to notice small details we may have not … Read More

Discovering new ways to play

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By Amber If you have come into our classroom you may have noticed some documentation in the hallway showing pictures of the Tulip Tree children enjoying a variety of different activities. When you look closer there are also other people mixed into our community. The purpose of this is to show how we play and also how other people with … Read More

Supporting Rough Play

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by Katee It is a topic that we address each year, and each year is so important to address. Rough play, horseplay, roughhousing – it’s something all little animals do as a part of their development and human children are no exception.  Children learn physical skills from this play including controlling muscle movements, they learn social and emotional skills including … Read More

The grace of a grasshopper

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By Nora “There is a lushness to how the mind works” -Bell Hooks This week I witnessed a lengthy conversation between four children in front of the elephant wall. They had found a small grasshopper and wanted to witness it moving. The grasshopper was very still, and all of the children at some point questioned its aliveness. The conversation, which … Read More

Tortuga Marina visits

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By Amber Tulip Tree has a tradition started in 2012 when our teacher Laura came back from Mexico with a friend. Her name is Tortuga Marina (Sea Turtle in Spanish). Each week Tortuga goes home with a child and sees their house, goes on adventures and meets their families! Tortuga comes with a special book with the history of many … Read More

Meeting of the Elders

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by Katee Yesterday I called a meeting of some of our eldest children of the school.  Many of our eldest children are younger siblings, or only children of a family and this role has seemed especially strange to some. It can be hard to keep patience with incoming friends that don’t know the ins and outs of our classroom and … Read More

The science of splash

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By Nora When I announced that there would be a science choice on the choice board yesterday afternoon, I had about 10 children jumping out of their skin excited to be a part of whatever “science” was. At this point I hadn’t said anything about what sort of science experiment we would we be partaking in, but the word “science” … Read More

Late Start Staff Meeting

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by Katee We held our first all-staff meeting this morning. Having a late start to our Wednesdays allows for our two-campus school to get together in one place at one time to discuss larger themes, lenses, and focuses of our entire school.  This meeting was focused on gender and how to approach this topic in early childhood.  The gender spectrum … Read More

Story Notebook

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Many days of the week, one of our choices during Explore Time is “Stories.” If children pick that choice, they can tell a story while a teacher writes it all down in our special story notebook. The stories can be true, from the imagination or a combination of both! Then, at Lunch Circle, we act out each story in a … Read More