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

Meeting of the Elders

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by Katee Yesterday I called a meeting of some of our eldest children of the school.  Many of our eldest children are younger siblings, or only children of a family and this role has seemed especially strange to some. It can be hard to keep patience with incoming friends that don’t know the ins and outs of our classroom and … Read More

Late Start Staff Meeting

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by Katee We held our first all-staff meeting this morning. Having a late start to our Wednesdays allows for our two-campus school to get together in one place at one time to discuss larger themes, lenses, and focuses of our entire school.  This meeting was focused on gender and how to approach this topic in early childhood.  The gender spectrum … Read More

Where Will We Be?

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by Katee Alisha held a circle yesterday to talk to the children about the future.  So many different feelings come from looking toward the future.   The future can often feel scary and unsure because it is hard to imagine.  Change can often feel scary because it seems like your world is unstable in a way, and that you’ll have to … Read More

Once Upon a Time…

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By Katee We took a hiatus from storytelling, but we are back in full swing today!  The children tell a story to a teacher while the teacher dictates, and then when we go inside we gather in audience seating and call upon our friends to act out the stories with us.  Some children love this opportunity to express all different … Read More

And We Sing in Harmony

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By Katee AS said that “We all sing with the same voice if we keep up with each other” KM said, “I think this song is about being friends.” This morning I had a few children ask me if I went to the Women’s March this weekend.  In the past, I have tried to keep my political views generally out … Read More

Because I want to.

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By Bee Hello families! I hope all of you are well. Today I want to share a very simple sentiment that my friends reminded me of. We were out on a walk in the strollers, pointing out anything and everything that caught our eye. Suddenly, Luca began to cry. “Luca, I hear you crying. Are you okay?” I inquired. The … Read More

Caring for Eachother

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Caring for Ourselves, Caring for Each Other, and Caring for our Environment. These are the three main agreements of our classroom at Tulip Tree Preschool, and the reasoning behind any of our other agreements.  Last week we thought about how we can take care of our selves.  The children, along with Alisha, collaborated on a list and turned it into … Read More

Validating Feelings

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One of our jobs as parents and early childhood educators revolves around talking through conflict with children.  At 1 and 2, your children are putting words to their feelings for the first time ever. I have seen them  developing their emotional intelligence through their play with each other and through our daily routines at school. While witnessing play, it is … Read More