Why We Practice Documentation

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by Katee Documentation is an important part of our learning environment at Tulip Tree.  Recently, when hanging up some photos in our art studio, ST asked me, “What are you doing?”.  I replied, “Well, I’m hanging up some photos of you all with your hands in the clay. Do you remember doing that last week?” ST said, “Yeah, but why are you … Read More

Whoooooo’s Missing?!

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by Katee Today we played one of our favorite games at circle time- “Who’s Missing”.  One child leaves the room while we choose another to hide, usually under a blanket, in the middle of the circle.  The rest of the circle has the difficult task of being “the secret keepers” as the first child returns and has to guess “Whoooooo’s … Read More

Noticing, Wondering, Hypothesizing

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Katee: I got this interesting gift from my dad to bring to school. What do you notice about it?? Unknown: There’s a bush in there. DB: There’s magic in there that it can get smaller when it goes through the middle and then turn bigger at the other end! Katee: It does look pretty big. EB: I think it could … Read More

Hands in the Clay

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by Katee When getting out the playdough, or goo-gak, or clay, the children always ask for more tools. We have rollers, and wire, and knives and the children just love them all. Certainly learning to manipulate a variety of tools is interesting and valuable in so many ways, but I wanted to back it up and start at the beginning.  … Read More

Ramps and Marble Runs

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By Kerry After practicing with levers for many weeks, the children recently started using these items more and more as ramps rather than as a means to pry or pull. They were using long wooden planks outside to do things like climb into the window of the playhouse or roll a heavy, water-filled dump truck up to the birdbath. They … Read More

Welcoming Winter

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By Katee We are still technically in autumn but as we woke to December this weekend, we are looking ahead to winter.  We welcome winter with warm tea parties and glittery art projects, we welcome winter with sniffles, hand washing lessons, and donations of tissues (thank you Katie!), and we welcome winter in our classroom with some of our favorite … Read More

Video Projection

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So far this year our studio has seen lots of projection and light work. We have used the overhead projector, flashlights, our light table, some different colored light bulbs that create rainbow shadows and slide projectors. This week we introduced something new! Our studio has been completely transformed by the power of our digital video projector! Yesterday, our studio was … Read More

Rose Hits Her Friend

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by Alisha There have been a few incidents of hitting the past couple weeks with various children. Hitting is not uncommon in preschool because children this age are still learning a lot about impulse control, especially when angry! To help us talk to the children about this, we brought Rose (one of our persona dolls) to circle last week. Here … Read More

In Defense of Magic

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by Katee “Above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” – Roald Dahl A funny thing happened last week that’s got me thinking a lot about magic in childhood.  Of course, children see magic everywhere.  … Read More