By Laurie In reviewing my week in photos and notes, I’m really struck by how we are seeing the developmental stages of this year’s range of toddlers (1’s-3’s) work together as the Just-Turned-3’s really shine in their mentorship, while at the same time are totally swept away in the fast, exciting world of imaginative play and want to branch away … Read More
By Laurie Our introduction of sensory brushes as a tool for the children in transitions this year went in directions we couldn’t have expected, but has been really wonderful to watch. Sensory brushes are used in a very specific brushing protocol, often proscribed by an occupational therapist (O.T.), in order to bring an overstimulated or sensory-avoiding system into regulation. For … Read More
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
by Katee We had a very special guest come to our classroom last week. It wasn’t anyone’s parent with a special talent this time- it was a puppy! Alisha has a close friend with a sweet 3 month old Australian shepherd named Frankie, and asked if they could come for a visit sometime. They came and sat at circle with … Read More
by Katee It is a topic that we address each year, and each year is so important to address. Rough play, horseplay, roughhousing – it’s something all little animals do as a part of their development and human children are no exception. Children learn physical skills from this play including controlling muscle movements, they learn social and emotional skills including … Read More
By Katee Back by popular demand- BS Mom and LD Mom came today to give another presentation about midwifery, doulas, and growing babies. So many of the children who had the chance to be at school last Tuesday were buzzing about the experience and many of the children who were not there felt upset they had missed out. So, these Mommas … Read More
By: Katee Last Tuesday we welcomed two very special guests to our morning circle. Not only are these people parents in our Tulip Tree community, they are also a doula and a midwife, and they are also both expecting to give birth in a few weeks. We are welcoming 3 new babies in our community this spring and there has … Read More
by Monica In the Elm Room we spent some time working with scissors in the studio last Wednesday. Three children at a time sat at the table in the studio with me and used child sized scissors to cut up scrap paper.
by Monica Getting to know the Elm Room children over the past couple of weeks, I have noticed they are undergoing some important shifts in their socioemotional development! Established patterns of interaction like parallel play and imitation are still clearly visible as new, sophisticated ways of relating and playing together are taking shape.
Preschoolers investigate letters and words while making cards for friends and families.