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

Reflections on Home

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By Nora This year, we have committed to using anti-bias education as our lens for teaching this year. We have discussed how to see our teaching through this lens, while still weaving in our other two main tenants; the arts and the natural world. At both Elm House and Tulip Tree, there are some budding ideas for teaching about food … Read More

Two Eyes, a Nose and a Mouth

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by Alisha We have been working on our drawing self portraits. This is a project we do twice each year. Once at the beginning of the year, and once at the end, along with many other portrait projects in between. We talk about the shape of our facial features and look closely to notice small details we may have not … 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

Music time!

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by Alisha Singing is such a huge part of our days in the classroom. We have our greeting songs, our blessing song, our song to be excused to wash hands, our song for when the fruit comes and countless other songs that help our day flow. Maybe most helpful to us are the little songs we sing during transition times. … 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

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

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

Story Notebook

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Many days of the week, one of our choices during Explore Time is “Stories.” If children pick that choice, they can tell a story while a teacher writes it all down in our special story notebook. The stories can be true, from the imagination or a combination of both! Then, at Lunch Circle, we act out each story in a … Read More

“The Library is for everybody, right?” -SH

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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