Photo Booth Dress Up!

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by Alisha This morning we brought out a huge bin of dress up clothes for the children to explore. I was wishing we had a full length mirror until I remembered we have a photo booth on our laptop!! We set up a little table and showed the children how to take photos on a 3 second timer. We also … Read More

Extended explore time

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By Amber On Friday the Tulip Tree teachers had the opportunity to sit in and observe preschool classrooms at another local preschool called Wild Lilac. Seeing other classrooms, materials, environments, children and educators can be incredibly inspiring. It can lead the teachers to wonder about their own classrooms and changes they can implement. We sat in the classes for the … Read More

Safe Landing Zone

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by Mage Lately the kids have become more interested in jumping! The older children will, of course, try to jump off of anything and everything–whether we like it or not. 😉 The younger set are still working on the lift-off, meaning the jumps are more like big steps. Jumping is obviously a form of risky play, and it can also … Read More

Book making and playing music!

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By Amber Parent talent week wrapped up last week and we got to see a lot of very cool skills!     On Friday LG’s dad, Brian and ST’s dad, Shohei brought their music instruments to play a little live show for the children!   Thank you everyone who came to show us your special talents!  

Tulip Tree at Design Week

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By Katee We received a very special invitation this week to participate in Portland Design Week 2018!  One of our amazing parents who works for a local design company is hosting a fun experiment that will be on display there.  The experiment asks a variety of peoples to design a shirt with some knowns and some variables that will be … Read More

Blankets and light projector

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by Mage One of the benefits of having older children visit the Nest in the mornings is that they really scaffold a lot of learning for the younger children. One example that comes to mind is that whenever BS is with the younger group, at nap time he lays down quietly and puts himself to sleep. The younger children, who … Read More

Talent Week

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By Amber This week is Talent Week! We will be having some parent visitors sharing their own special talents! Katee opened up circle this morning by asking the children what they thought “talent” meant. LG: Um, if you find something that you think a kid would like and you show it to them and they get really excited to play … Read More

More bathroom self-care

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by Mage The youngest group of children have always done a lot of self-care in the bathroom, and lately that self-care has gone even further. It’s pretty impressive for children who are still under the age of two by several months. These children have always done standing diaper changes at school. Sometimes they would assist with pulling their pants down/up … Read More

Wishing Caroline Well

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By Katee Today we said farewell to a special friend- Caroline.  The children worked together to make her a card yesterday- painted in watercolor, and filled with wishes.  We talked about what it feels like to move to a new place or new house, and how it feels to leave a familiar home.  The children shared stories of moving and … Read More

Learning about the Accordion.

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by Alisha Yesterday Sarah-Lu joined us at circle with her accordion. She taught us some songs and let everyone have a turn to press the keys and the base notes. We learned about where the sound comes out and about her bellows, which are like her lungs. We look forward to learning about other instruments and tools during Parent Talent … Read More