Have you heard about the Blue Monster?

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By Laurie There’s a little rumor going around that there is a Blue Monster living in the Tiny Elm House in our outside play space. Legend (among the children) tells that this monster, though very very small, is quite scary… but has a sweet tooth! Our monster LOVES cupcakes! And Birthday cake! And cookies! (with sprinkles of course!)

Clay Self Portraits

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by Alisha Today we started our clay self portraits. I asked the children to feel their faces. We felt our cheeks, our chins, our lips, our noses, our ears, our forehead and everywhere in between. I asked, “What part of your face bumps out?” and “What part of your face sinks in?” We talked about how building your self portrait … Read More

We Paint a Rainbow

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By Laurie The rainbow has played an important reoccurring role as a character of curiosity in our classroom and project work this year. Appearing on sunny days from prisms and crystals throughout the school, there have been questions and pretend play in interacting with these ethereal visions.

Working with Spring Colors

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By Laurie Flowers are popping up around our neighborhood, and we all have that Springlike feeling in PDX! As we are working on noticing colors and the natural world, my groups have done some projects in painting with spring colors and the new flowers we are collecting from outside. 

Spicy Work

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By Amber Today we did Spicy Work! There are three simple rules: Teachers assign partners Partners must stay together Partners can only move from one activity to another when both agree This can be very challenging for some children. They typically have control over all their own activities and choices. It can be hard to navigate play time when you … Read More

Making use of daily materials

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By Jackie     Since we started getting our produce in bulk, we have some empty big boxes sitting in the garage. The hoarder/preschool teacher of me kicked in, “What can we do with dose?”  I wondered.      A window was cut on the side and here is a little house! I brought it in and introduced it to our … Read More

“My Anger Lives in a Bear Cave”

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by Katee Today we played in the clay again- during morning free time and also with a small group during choice time.  I asked the children to think about anger and construct anger monsters in this new medium.  As usual, I started with a small plan and tried to follow the children in their own amazing direction.  SM provoked everyone … Read More

Heidi Time

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By Katee     Today Heidi came after a hiatus last week with our Wednesday late start.  She began with the usual greeting song the children all know and love so well and then went into “blow the balloon”.  In this little ditty you blow the balloon (and blow and blow and blow and blow and blow) until it pops … Read More

micro & MACRO

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By Nora As our garden has been resting for the winter (taking in the benefits of all the care and conditioning we put into the soil this fall!) we have not been doing much garden work lately. Our garlic is getting bigger every day and our little rye cover crops are out but covered up by the frost blanket. Pretty … Read More