Leaf, Letter, Shelter, String

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By Laura Today was full of high energy, group work and giggles. During choice time we set up a letter writing station. Check your child’s workbox–you may discover a letter that needs to be delivered! Outside, children and teachers have been adding fabric and string to our tee pee shelter. The subsequent play involved yarn in different ways.    

The Speaking Feather

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By Cheryl Earlier this week, Laura introduced the “speaking feather”.  This is a tool in support the children as they gain greater understanding of what it means to listen while others are speaking.  This object helps those who need reassurance that he or she will have a turn to speak.  The feather is a visual cue that supports listening skills. … Read More

Caring Curriculum

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By Cheryl As teachers, we are working toward common language and clear expectations regarding how we care for ourselves, for others, and for our things.  Today during morning circle, Laura introduced the topic of “caring” with the book A Chair For My Mother by Vera B. Williams. There was a brief discussion following the book, using a ‘hand on heart … Read More

“Violent” Play

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Last Monday we had the fortune of meeting together as a small group of parents and teachers.  It was our first reading group of the year (I will call it a reading group from now on, since we don’t necessarily read books, and because ‘club’ sounds awful fancy), and we met at Amy’s (Willa’s mom) house.  Laura, Cari, Jeff, Kirsten, … Read More

From the Writing Table

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By Laura During the usual whirlwind of morning play we noticed one table was especially quiet, and busy. Cheryl went over to see what was up. The children had set up a writing station. MacKenna: Can you spell my name? Cheryl: M . . . MacKenna: I don’t know how to do that. Seamus: I know how. [He drew an … Read More

Spooky Times

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By Laura Two witches flew in on their broomsticks today–a tall witch named Calamity and a shorter witch named Doondik. They wore tall, pointed hats and spoke with creaky voices. . . Later, we decided that a spookier Commons might encourage more special visitors. We worked together to transform the space. The children added leaves, sticks and spiny balls to … Read More

Natural Materials

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By Laura Lila decided to bring the shells, rocks and natural materials over to the table during choice time. Emi, Eloise, Atticus and Seamus were intrigued by her work and came over to join. They all sat together, building and rebuilding designs and structures on felt canvasses. This work also inspired a few questions that we will continue to explore: … Read More

Sauvie Island Pumpkin Patch

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    We went to Sauvie Island to get some pumpkins for the preschool, to connect with each other, and to breathe the fresh air.   Our next family outing will be on January 14th at Tryon State Park for a hike.  Please peruse the slideshow and enjoy!     [slideshow]

Keepin’ It Fresh!

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By Cheryl We are always on the look out for new games, songs, and activities to share with the children.  While repetition is so valuable for learning, mastery and self-confidence it’s also important to change things!  This week saw lots of new or recently introduced activities. Megan added a dramatic element to the song “Five Little Pumpkins” in which each … Read More

Fall Picnic At Clinton Park

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By Cheryl Today we took our first trip as a large group to Clinton Park using our new walking rope.   So many steps involved in such an endeavor. We began the walk down 52nd with great success.  The rope is slow going but the feeling of security is great.  Laura acted as our scout and helped clear the road (and … Read More