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

Seeds, Flowers, Leaves

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By Laura The sunny, warm day reminded us all that spring is in the air. Our work today reflected our bursting, blooming place. At morning circle Atticus presented us with a gift to our preschool. He eagerly helped untie the ribbon around three special books. In order to decide which book to read during circle, we did a block vote. … Read More

Special Guest

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by Cheryl   Today we were privileged to have a guest who is an American Sign Language expert.  Lola was happy to help us learn how to sign a new gardening song, Inch By Inch.  After learning and practicing the song, Lola helped us to sign words from a list we made earlier in the week.  Finally, Lola answered questions … Read More

The Big Hill

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by Cheryl Today was our weekly park day.  Each time we are at the park, there is a visit to the ‘big hill’.  The space here is so expansive, the children appear quite small in this vast context.  Running up and down, rolling balls, and sliding over and over keep everyone moving.  This is definitely a well loved part of … Read More

Now Tyler is Four

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By Laura Tyler Moon’s mom, Sarasvati, brought in his baby journal and a photo album to share about his life. Sarasvati told us that when Tyler Moon was born he was only four pounds, eleven ounces and could fit inside a shoebox. We learned that Tyler has done a lot of traveling–he has been on sixteen airplanes and has lived … Read More

The Language of Movement

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by Cheryl   As we continue to explore different languages, Sarah-Lu guided an activity that supported the exploration of the language of movement.  She used a book called “Move” showing the movement of different animals.  With each new page the kids tried out the animal movement with their bodies including “swim”, “crawl”, “leap”, and “dive”.  

The Commoms – A Favorite Place

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by Cheryl   Today Sarah-Lu did some video taping of the children, asking them individually, “What is your favorite place?”  As the gentle temperatures and warm sunshine allowed, we spent a great deal of time today in The Commons, which is, undoubtedly, a favorite place. Some children worked on “research” with Laura, using clipboards to record findings: Fishing poles were … Read More