The right to self-determination.

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by Mage While young children are in the process of developing their sense of autonomy, including aspects of identity such as race and gender(s), some of them will change their names. For some children, name changing is an experiment and a child might change their name every few weeks, or even every few hours… For other children, name changing is … Read More

Goodbyes and Rainbows!

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by Alisha Our  last week of school for the school year has been filled with excitement and sadness and everything in between. We have had lots of feelings this week! Some people will be moving on to kindergarten in the fall, some people will be going to different schools in the fall, some people will be here for the summer … Read More

Neighborhood activism

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By Nora For the past several Fridays we have been going for “trash walks” around the block to prevent trash from going into the sewers and making their way into the rivers, lakes, and ocean. Last Friday, it was raining so we took that as an opportunity to make some signs letting our neighbors know about where our trash goes … Read More

Preschool in Pajamas

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by Katee A much anticipated pajama day is happening around here and the kids have been jumping with excitement all day.  Children remind us all that being in your pajamas doesn’t necessarily mean you’re ready for lazy cuddles and lullabies.  This morning we built forts with tables and fabric, played in the dark and with projected nocturnal animals, snuggled stuffies … Read More

So many birthdays!

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By Amber Last month we celebrated MH’s 4th birthday! It was a very special celebration because his grandparents were able to join us! We saw some baby pictures of MH and he showed us his special froggy stuffy. Happy Birthday MH! This month we celebrated FOUR birthdays in the last two weeks! NC turned 5! This is his last year … Read More

Leaves We Eat

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By Nora Last week we did a taste test of 4 different leaves from the garden: arugula, lettuce, spinach, and kale. Nine children participated and they made a vote on each leaf. After each taste they decided whether they “liked it!” or “didn’t like it yet”. Depending on what they decided, they made a check mark next to a smiley … Read More

Ladybug Caterpillars

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by Mage Lately the hops bine in our backyard has been bursting with ladybug larvae, which the children call “ladybug caterpillars.” There has been much interest and amusement with these tiny creatures living in our backyard. Here are some reflections from today.

Trash Walks

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By Nora The children have been really passionate lately about keeping the neighborhood litter-free. Last month, the topic of “marine debris” came up, and the children were appalled to learn that there is trash in the ocean that can hurt animals. We have been talking about what we can do in our own lives to keep trash out of the … Read More

Lunchtime Rituals

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By Nora You may have heard about some of what happens at lunchtime, but in case you were wondering about all of the sounds, songs, and sights associated with lunch at Tulip Tree, here is a run through… Lunch helpers Each day, I have two children selected to be “lunch helpers”. Their job is to set the forks and plates … Read More

Nests and eggs

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by Mage Recently, some of the children found large, painted white rocks in our backyard. They carry these rocks around in their arms, talking about “eggs.” One day, when CG was talking to me about one of these “eggs,” I asked, “What do eggs need?” CG said, “A nest!” “Would you like to build a nest?” I asked. “Yes!”