The Big Mess

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By Laura During morning play time today many children decided that Squiggles the squirrel needed some food. A lot of food. His food consisted of blocks, magnatiles, puzzle pieces, puppets, sponges, dolls and animals. More and more preschoolers used bags and purses to bring him loads of groceries. The small brown table filled up and spilled onto the floor. Soon … Read More

Time Watchers

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By Laura Today, after working on self-portraits, my appointment group decided to get the mat out. Donning their silk capes or “parachutes” Shanti, Willa, Tychol, Caleb and Ujia took turns jumping from the bench onto the mat. Due to the size of the mat it can really only safely support one to two children doing this particular activity. So we … Read More

Portraits of Self

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by Cheryl Today was an unusual day in that six of our expected fifteen kids were out.  During our choice time, while I was outside building “Mt. Hood” in the sandbox with Seamus, Perry, and Anna, Laura was inside with a small group working on these self-portraits.  I love the way these photos illustrate the individual and unique approaches to … Read More

“Who’s Awake? Me Too!”

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by Cheryl   Today Becky (Linny and Perry’s mom) joined us at circle to share her knowledge of owls.  Becky told us that when a horned owl is nearby, we may hear something that sounds like “Who’s awake? Me too!” which was fun for all the children to practice.   Becky brought owl feathers and hawk feathers.  She flapped them … Read More

Friends Helping Friends

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By Cheryl   As the year progresses, children are becoming increasingly proficient at doing things themselves.  In the spirit of encouraging autonomy, I try daily to remember to suggest children ask each other for assistance, rather than jumping in to do something myself.  Today at the paper weaving story, Linny was eager to offer her assistance.   Sometimes the best … Read More

Pocket Park

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By Laura Today Willa, Shanti, Boone, Atticus, Ujia and I went for a walk to the tiny park on 47th and Clinton. Now that at least one group goes on a walk each day, the preschoolers are starting to notice changes in the neighborhood. While walking together Boone and I remembered the last time we walked to together to the … Read More

Taking Care Of Our Things In The Garden

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By Cheryl   The planting party was a huge success!  So much fun was had by all; digging, planting, watering, eating, and playing.  Thank you to all who attended and participated!   Today, as soon as we were outside during choice time, Jaco and Tyler Moon each remembered that the new plants may need water.  Both boys worked filling watering … Read More

Planting Party 2012

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Dear Families Thank you all so much for participating today.  The feeling of the party was truly lovely, and I feel very blessed to work with you all.  Thank you for contributing to a day that helped us knit ourselves closer together, and that connected the children more to the place where they spend so much time.  I am so … Read More

Gibbons and Ghosts

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By Laura Today we acted out two stories before lunch circle. Both included animals and sound effects. The first was told by Perry: Once upon a time there was a big, big giant. And then “cu cu cuh caw caw.” And then there was a wheel going round and round and it sounded like a stump grinder. And then [Perry … Read More

Blue Bike

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By Laura Last year, when we didn’t have The Commons to stretch out in, our big, blue, rickshaw-style bicycle felt cumbersome and difficult to use on the narrow bark chip path. Children would try it out from time to time, however the riding would usually be short-lived and end in frustration. At the time I felt disappointed, we had used … Read More