Friends, Old and New

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By Cheryl As our preschool year progresses, we are noticing the ever evolving development of friendships between children.  These friendship bonds seem to crop out of past experiences and from common interests.  Others seem to develop circumstantially such as a bond between children who attend school the same day or whose parents trade pick up and drop off duties.  While … Read More

Expanding Our Sense Of Community

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By Cheryl   We have been taking small groups on neighborhood walks once or twice a week as one of the choice time offerings.  Ideas of who we are in the larger community can expand while who we are as part of our school group strengthen.  Today, three hearty souls joined me on a cold, brisk excursion.  We revisited ideas … Read More

Time To Experience

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By Cheryl Children need more time for, well, lots of things.  This is no news flash to parents and teachers of young children.   It can be challenging to allow children the time they need during a busy, adult planned day.   We can often accomplish this with some planning and patience.  Sometimes, opportunities present themselves for adults to slow down … Read More

The Old Gray Cat

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By Laura Today during music and movement, Sarah Lu led everyone in a new story song: The Cat and the Mouse. Everyone chose which role they wanted to act out. This song was so popular that it was repeated during outside play–each old gray cat curled up on a stump in the stump circle. We do small group acting during … Read More

Memory

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By Laura One wonderful benefit of parent/teacher conferences is having an opportunity to find out what children are playing at home. This is especially exciting when we find out that more than one preschooler has been exploring the same thing. We found out that both Stella and Shanti have been playing “Memory” games at home. Today, they brought their games … Read More

Tortuga Marina

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By Cheryl Laura was not alone when she returned from her trip to Mexico.  She brought Tortuga Marina to join our community!  Next week we are beginning a large project in which Tortuga Marina will travel home with a different child two or three times a week.  A journal will travel with Tortuga Marina so that parents and children can … Read More

An Accordian Introduction

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By Cheryl Today during Music and Movement, Sarah-Lu brought an accordion!  Perry identified the unfamiliar instrument initially, but by the end of the class, all the children had an opportunity to explore how it worked.  The accordion added an audio element to the class that provided melody for the familiar song “Candle, candle burning bright…” as well as gave the … Read More

Getting Back To Normal

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By Cheryl Well, startingto get back to normal.  Roy, Shanti, Ujia, Jadon, and Willa came back to school today.  We are still missing a few of our friends but look forward to seeing them soon.  Also, today, Laura was out but we hope to see her tomorrow. Today Keren I worked with a group of nine.  We enjoyed the opportunity … Read More

Portland Water Bureau

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By Laura Yesterday, many of the families had to take a detour on their way to school. Something was happening at 52nd and Clinton. Linny and Perry thought that it might be a sink hole or a broken water pipe. Today we found out that our water would be turned off so workers could do some construction at that same … Read More