Drawing as a way of communication

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By Jackie                           Art plays such a big part in early childhood classrooms. And I am always looking for ways to incorporate art into teaching. I started asking our friends what did they make after they are done drawing. I saw it as a way for me to … Read More

Taking Care of Alisha

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by Katee As many of you know, Alisha had knee surgery over the winter break following a volleyball injury that happened this fall.  Alisha is back at school although she is still very much healing.  She has tools to help her- a crutch (or crotch, or critch, or grinch, depending on which student you ask), she has ice packs, medicine, … Read More

Sunset Stories

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By Laurie This Autumn we were noticing some of the storytelling our children were doing around rainbows, what color is, the nature of light (is it alive? what creates light and shadow? what is in me, and outside of me?) and where rainbows come from. I’ve been interested in keeping that spirit of inquiry going, and listening for what stories … Read More

What Makes a Rainbow?

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By Laurie I’m noticing as I scroll through my photos there are so many images of our kiddos exploring color, drawing circles, and I have a small collection of photographs of children making rainbows. Connecting the drawing that is happening with our light & color work, as well as the exploration that happens with chalk outside and on the stumps, … Read More

Light and Color Play

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By Laurie Last week my afternoon group noticed that we have been staying inside sometimes after nap instead of our usual routine of going outside. Now that the sun sets earlier, our last group of children who wake up from nap don’t have time to make it outdoors. The shift in routine has given us an opportunity to explore our … Read More

Connecting Through Music

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By Laurie When our school year kicked off, it was clear that language was going to be an opportunity to explore difference, family culture, and our shared experiences with this group of toddlers, families and teachers. Our group of Spanish, French and Chinese speaking teachers and children as well as our kiddos who aren’t yet speaking (and everywhere in-between!) means … Read More

Stories to Tell by Flashlight

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by Katee This afternoon we had a power outage.  Luckily the pizza had already come out of the oven, and luckily we had flashlights and ceiling hooks, and luckily the kids really wanted to have a flashlight dance party anyways! We also took this opportunity to tell some spooky stories.  I had already introduced some of the children to a … Read More

Wondering: What is a Rainbow?

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By Laurie Before the beginning of the school year, I moved our kitchen prism to the west-facing window in the bathroom which catches such beautiful angles of light. This means that while diapering, washing hands and in our daily transitions, many children began observing rainbows dancing across the small bathroom walls, door and floor on days when the sun comes … Read More

Supporting Rough Play

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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

The science of splash

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By Nora When I announced that there would be a science choice on the choice board yesterday afternoon, I had about 10 children jumping out of their skin excited to be a part of whatever “science” was. At this point I hadn’t said anything about what sort of science experiment we would we be partaking in, but the word “science” … Read More