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 Nora “There is a lushness to how the mind works” -Bell Hooks This week I witnessed a lengthy conversation between four children in front of the elephant wall. They had found a small grasshopper and wanted to witness it moving. The grasshopper was very still, and all of the children at some point questioned its aliveness. The conversation, which … Read More
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
By Amber Last week we began our exploration and discussion of disability. Some of the children had already been talking about some of these topics at home and were happy to share their knowledge with us! One afternoon CL and EP took me to their special hospital inside the elephant wall that builds wheelchairs and makes prosthetics for people who … Read More
By Katee We practiced asking for consent more today at circle, role playing different scenarios and asking for volunteers to act them out. We practiced asking for a hug, asking to participate in a game, and also saying “stop!” if a hug or a game doesn’t feel comfortable any longer. To further this idea we had a small group appointment … Read More
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
Preschoolers move together to favorite songs.
By Laura I have been thinking about ways to continue to connect the children to the information and stories that were shared during the wolf presentation. We have had invitations to draw from photos of wolves (and their prey) on the tables during the morning play time. And on both Wednesday and Friday I held a small group clay appointment, … Read More
Preschoolers create mail and discuss the post office.