Tag Archives: Inspiration

Tiny Realms

by Katee

When exploring the Remida center during our Tuesday field trip last week, many of the children had two favorite things they got to d0- ride the bus, and play with the ‘tiny realms’.  They had set out small divided scenes filled with tiny things for the children to play in.  There was a box filled with soil, sticks and moss, a tray filled with sand and cups and a slide, little homes with appliances and creatures, and many reused materials.  The children had several rooms to explore in this area but all were entranced at the tiny realms.

I had a chance to talk with the Remida director about the tiny realms and we were so excited to see the children so happily intrigued.  “In this world, they are giants.”, she told me.  We discussed that children can feel in control of a world with this play and have the opportunity to play the role of a larger entity and a powerful being.  We also discussed how children of this age are often so attracted to small things.  Maria Montessori called this age a ‘sensitive period’ for many things, including small objects.  They seem to have a natural compulsion to master this area and it is so exciting to observe.

After this inspirational field trip, we brought tiny realms to Tulip Tree.  We have done work with this throughout the year, but this time intentionally built different terrains and scenes side by side.  The children have been happily exploring there all week.

 

The Gift of Flowers

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 in this beautiful season.  To give someone flowers is to let them know you appreciate the present moments with them, even if tomorrow brings wilted petals. Children naturally love to give meaningful gifts, and are seemingly experts at reminding us to live in the present moment.  To be able to make this offering to our classroom gives our school so much more than beautiful centerpieces though- they are useful creative tools as well.

We let the children cut the ends, arrange them in a vase, and give them water.

 

 

 

 

We dry them and use them for loose parts play.

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Momma Midwives return!

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 offered to come back one more time today to letmore of the children have this special experience.

We learned about the placenta, amniotic sac, and the umbilical cord.

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We learned about how the baby is positioned inside of the uterus.

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We looked at a Midwife’s bag of tools and weighed a baby doll with a special fish scale.6-DSC_0218

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Fall Celebration!

By Katee

We wrapped up the week (and the month) with a wonderful Fall Celebration today.  We welcomed everyone as we sang a few of our favorite fall songs and then explored with our families. Adults who were able to attend got to be a preschooler for an hour and get their hands into the things we’ve been working with lately.

Inside we used leaves from our commons to press prints into play-dough, paint with watercolors, made pumpkin cookies, and built an altar together to honor people we are connected to who have died.

Outside we busily made magic potions together, and painted and washed pumpkins.  The children were eager to share this experience and share some potions they have been inventing in our new ‘Book of Potions’.

Happy Fall Everyone!

Our New Instagram

By Katee

We take so many photos here at school.  Some photos you might find on the blog, some on our classroom walls, in our special handmade books, or even in your child’s web album as it develops.  I find that even after all this I still want to share more photos with you!  So, I’m happy to introduce our new Instagram account-

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If you have an Instagram account, find this name and image and ‘follow’ us to keep up with some of the beautiful things happening here everyday.  If you don’t have an Instagram account yet, maybe this will be your reason to get one!

This is a public account so that we can connect with other schools and studios around the globe to help spread inspiration.  This also means that we won’t be posting images of your children’s sweet faces- we will save that for all the other media platforms we have.

To entice you further, here are some of the images we’ve already posted! :