Why We Practice Documentation

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by Katee Documentation is an important part of our learning environment at Tulip Tree.  Recently, when hanging up some photos in our art studio, ST asked me, “What are you doing?”.  I replied, “Well, I’m hanging up some photos of you all with your hands in the clay. Do you remember doing that last week?” ST said, “Yeah, but why are you … Read More

Whoooooo’s Missing?!

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by Katee Today we played one of our favorite games at circle time- “Who’s Missing”.  One child leaves the room while we choose another to hide, usually under a blanket, in the middle of the circle.  The rest of the circle has the difficult task of being “the secret keepers” as the first child returns and has to guess “Whoooooo’s … Read More

Hands in the Clay

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by Katee When getting out the playdough, or goo-gak, or clay, the children always ask for more tools. We have rollers, and wire, and knives and the children just love them all. Certainly learning to manipulate a variety of tools is interesting and valuable in so many ways, but I wanted to back it up and start at the beginning.  … Read More

Welcoming Winter

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By Katee We are still technically in autumn but as we woke to December this weekend, we are looking ahead to winter.  We welcome winter with warm tea parties and glittery art projects, we welcome winter with sniffles, hand washing lessons, and donations of tissues (thank you Katie!), and we welcome winter in our classroom with some of our favorite … Read More

Child’s Eye View

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Today ZP said to Katee, “I want to take a picture of my beautiful self and everyone else.” We used to have digital cameras reserved for children to take photos, but the batteries died and we don’t have the specific chargers needed for them! So Katee told ZP that if she was able to use lots of care and gentleness, … Read More

Feeling Brave Together

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by Katee We have been talking a bit about how fun it can be to be scared sometimes.  The season of ghoulish imagery, mysterious masked people, and shadow is upon us and this can feel frightening sometimes to young children.  We have been talking about how many of these decorations we see are just for fun- the fun and excitement … Read More

What is a shadow?

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      by Katee We have been playing so much with light, shadow, prisms, and color lately that I thought it was time to pose a project-work question to our young colleagues: What is a shadow?  We passed around flashlights to explore while we thought about this phenomenon and a couple children shared their observations and theories with the group. … Read More

Why the White Room?

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“It’s like a place for wish magic!”- CL by Katee At our Reggio-inspired school we are called to be facilitators of exploration.  We set out provocations to provoke wonder, curiosity, engagement, reflection, and learning through experience.  We follow the children throughout the year, carefully listening, trying to understand the hundred languages that each child speaks to us and build ideas … 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

The Gift of Song

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by katee Sometimes, on special occasion, I like to write songs with the children.  I’ve learned that the process has to be somewhat swift or it all falls apart and they don’t really have fun with it any longer.  I usually give the children a topic and we just throw out ideas, and knowledge, and feelings that swirl around that … Read More