Behind the Camera

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by Katee We take a lot of pictures at school.  Children are so used to being the subject of photographs and usually only rarely get an opportunity to be the photographer themselves.  As much as we’d love to let the children take photos all the time, cameras are a delicate tool and we have gone through a few cameras over … Read More

Two Eyes, a Nose and a Mouth

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by Alisha We have been working on our drawing self portraits. This is a project we do twice each year. Once at the beginning of the year, and once at the end, along with many other portrait projects in between. We talk about the shape of our facial features and look closely to notice small details we may have not … Read More

Blueberry & Raspberry Exploration

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by Megan Our very well cared for gardens have been repaying us with a bounty of flowers, vegetables and fruits. The children have just noticed in the past week that the raspberry bush finally has ripe fruit on it! They have been exploring the bramble, reaching up high, crawling down low-and using some cooperative tactics to pick these beautiful berries. … Read More

Inspired by Nature

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by Mage On Monday a small group came to the Nest with me to work on a drawing and collage piece, with daisies clipped from our front yard as inspiration. 

“I love my nose!”

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by Alisha This week we are completing our second drawing self portrait and our final self portrait for the school year. For our graduates, it will be their final self portrait at Tulip Tree. It has been amazing to see how fine motor skills, focus and self awareness have developed throughout the year and over two or three years. Here are the self … Read More

What can one little person do?

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By Katee What can one little me or you do?  We can help in our community!  We wanted to find a way to bridge some of our curriculum with activism this year and find a meaningful way that small children can feel like connected and helpful participants in their world- outside of their friends and family. After all of our … Read More

Making Machines

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By Katee We have been taking small machines apart, constructing a machinery space in the loft, and projecting video on the wall of factories to see things being made.  This week we also had a small appointment to invent our own machines. I told the children their machine could do anything they wanted it to and look any way they … Read More

Spinning Paint

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Last week we continued experimenting with painted movement.  A couple weeks prior we shook marbles, dipped in paint, in a box and looked at the painted trails on our papers that were inside.  This time we put our paper and paint inside a salad spinner!  We experimented with different colors, different amounts, different placements, and consistencies of tempura paint. The … Read More

The Gift of Flowers

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By Katee This morning a child ascended down the stairs with a bundle of fresh tulips and a huge proud smile across their face.  I was reminded again what an amazing feeling it is to present a beautiful gift, and how magnified that feeling must be for children. Flowers, so beautiful and yet fleeting, have been filling our world lately … Read More

Marble Painting

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By Katee Many children started their day today gathered around a fun painting provocation.  We dipped marbles in a variety of paint colors, dropped them in a box with a sheet of strong paper, closed it up, and shooooooooook! The box was wide enough that it called the children to move their entire bodies as they shook it vigorously.  The … Read More