The numbers are in…

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by Katee Our community fundraising has been a huge success!  Today in circle we held hands and thanked each other for all of our hard work.  Every student had a hand in baking, sign making, flyer making, song writing and singing, being a salesperson, inviting family and friends, and helping to count our donations.  All of our hard work together … Read More

“I love my nose!”

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by Alisha This week we are completing our second drawing self portrait and our final self portrait for the school year. For our graduates, it will be their final self portrait at Tulip Tree. It has been amazing to see how fine motor skills, focus and self awareness have developed throughout the year and over two or three years. Here are the self … Read More

Play in the clay

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by Katee Today we invited the children to explore with clay, straws, and beads.  When working with loose parts, a facilitator sometimes has what I call a “lower case plan”. You might have a small vision for how parts could work together, but are unattached from the results or products.  You want to give the children parts that can be … Read More

What do you see?

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by Alisha This morning Katee led a collaborative building activity that required a lot of self control and patience. One by one, each child silently picked out one block and placed it in the circle, making sure it connects to the structure that is already there. Then, after everyone added a block, we stood up and silently walked around the … Read More

Bake Sale Day

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By Nora At the end of every school year, the students take part in a culminating activism project that builds off of what they have passionate about throughout the year. As many of you know, one of the biggest themes that emerged this year has been babies. Holding them, changing them, feeding them, keeping them safe, what it means to be … Read More

Cardboard and Bubble Wrap

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  by Alisha Amber saw some big boxes and bubble wrap on her way to school this morning,  so she had some children go pick them up with her.  We continued playing with these materials all throughout morning. Ah the joy of versatile materials! There are many ways to use cardboard and bubble wrap including but not limited to….

Diaper Bank Visits Tulip Tree

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By Katee We had two very special guests come to circle today from PDX Diaper Bank!  They brought lots of different diapers to look at and practice diapering dolls with and came prepared to answer any questions.  First they asked the children about what babies need, what a ‘diaper bank’ might be, and why diapering is so important.  Our guests were … Read More

Graduate Costume Designs

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by Alisha Each year, during our graduation celebration, the graduating class puts on some type of performance. It gives the older children of the group a chance to work together on something special the last couple months of the school year.  This year we are doing a play. We have been busy planning for the past month and we will continue to … Read More

What can one little person do?

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By Katee What can one little me or you do?  We can help in our community!  We wanted to find a way to bridge some of our curriculum with activism this year and find a meaningful way that small children can feel like connected and helpful participants in their world- outside of their friends and family. After all of our … Read More