A Fizzy Reaction

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by Mage Continuing to explore the theme of transformation, this week I introduced the baking soda and vinegar reaction to the children in the Nest.

We wish you well, AD!

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By Amber This morning we had a very special circle with AD and his mom, Kelly. This is AD’s last week at Tulip Tree before he moves to Guatemala for three months! We had a Goodbye Circle this morning to give the children a chance to say farewell to their friend and hear about where he will be going and … Read More

Finding The Golden Ratio

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by Katee While at the art store gathering supplies this week, I spotted an amazing little connection to our classroom- a golden ratio finder!  Of course I had to get that for our classroom.  But then I wondered how exactly I was going to try to explain the Fibonacci Sequence in extreme brevity to young children.  The children had seen … Read More

Cornstarch and water activity

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by Mage Some of you might not know this, but on Friday afternoons I work late, and during that time I get to spend a few hours with some of the older children. This is a time that I really look forward to, and I try to offer interesting activities during this time so that I can get really engaged … Read More

Softly, Softly

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by Alisha For Heidi’s past couple of visits we have been learning a complicated music movement game.  First we get into a circle and pick one person to be the “weary traveler”. Then we softly jingle our bells and shakers into the middle while the traveler walks around the outside of the circle. Then when the song says “blowing” we … Read More

Who Hibernates?

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by Alisha Katee taught us a song called “Hurry, Hurry.” Here are the lyrics- Hurry, Hurry Rabbit twitched his twitchety ears on a twinkling autumn day, He could hear the North Wind whistle and he scampered off to say: Hurry, hurry, hurry, hurry, we must all get fat and furry, Not a moment to be lost, I can hear old … Read More

Flashlights and tunnels

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by Mage In continuation of our light studies, the children are now using flashlights in the basement. I brought out the tunnel as well, as I wondered if there would be interesting interactions between children using the flashlights. Here are some photos of what that activity looked like.

Elm House Food Drive

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by Megan This season we have been thinking about how we as a community can help others. Over the past couple of weeks we have collected food donations to give to The Oregon Food Bank. Food Bank We’ve left the donation box in the cubby room as sort of an invitation for inquiry. The children were very curious about why the food … Read More

It’s Alright To Cry

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by Alisha The past few weeks we have been learning to sing “It’s alright to cry” with Heidi. Here’s another version of the song performed by Rosey Grier released in 1972. I love that there is footage of adults crying. It’s important for us to be able to cry and important for children to know that adults cry, too! Carol … Read More

Spirals Everywhere

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by Katee Today I brought in a new book to share with the children about spirals in nature.  I often get compliments on my Fibonacci sequence earrings from the children and I’d also noticed some of the kids drawing spirals lately.   So I found a book that I was excited to explore with them that is about just that.  It … Read More