Goodbyes and Rainbows!

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by Alisha Our  last week of school for the school year has been filled with excitement and sadness and everything in between. We have had lots of feelings this week! Some people will be moving on to kindergarten in the fall, some people will be going to different schools in the fall, some people will be here for the summer … Read More

LS’s Creation Story

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By Laurie Is getting ready to say goodbye to LS, who is making the move to preschool, we have been looking at a lot of old photos and talking about what once was (babyhood) and what is to come (what to expect at preschool). This is coinciding with our several month long reading and rereading of Raven: A Pacific Northwest … Read More

Imaginary Play

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By Laurie In reviewing my week in photos and notes, I’m really struck by how we are seeing the developmental stages of this year’s range of toddlers (1’s-3’s) work together as the Just-Turned-3’s really shine in their mentorship, while at the same time are totally swept away in the fast, exciting world of imaginative play and want to branch away … Read More

Leaves We Eat

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By Nora Last week we did a taste test of 4 different leaves from the garden: arugula, lettuce, spinach, and kale. Nine children participated and they made a vote on each leaf. After each taste they decided whether they “liked it!” or “didn’t like it yet”. Depending on what they decided, they made a check mark next to a smiley … Read More

Trash Walks

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By Nora The children have been really passionate lately about keeping the neighborhood litter-free. Last month, the topic of “marine debris” came up, and the children were appalled to learn that there is trash in the ocean that can hurt animals. We have been talking about what we can do in our own lives to keep trash out of the … Read More

Lunchtime Rituals

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By Nora You may have heard about some of what happens at lunchtime, but in case you were wondering about all of the sounds, songs, and sights associated with lunch at Tulip Tree, here is a run through… Lunch helpers Each day, I have two children selected to be “lunch helpers”. Their job is to set the forks and plates … Read More

Nick Wears A Tutu

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by Alisha Yesterday I overheard a group of children talking to each other in the cubby room about their thoughts on boys wearing skirts or dresses. I was surprised to hear that many of the children said that boys can’t wear skirts. One child said that boys can wear skirts. In response, a child said, “No! Boys can’t wear dresses … Read More

Sensory Brushes & Consent Culture

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By Laurie Our introduction of sensory brushes as a tool for the children in transitions this year went in directions we couldn’t have expected, but has been really wonderful to watch. Sensory brushes are used in a very specific brushing protocol, often proscribed by an occupational therapist (O.T.), in order to bring an overstimulated or sensory-avoiding system into regulation. For … Read More

The Gift of Song

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by katee Sometimes, on special occasion, I like to write songs with the children.  I’ve learned that the process has to be somewhat swift or it all falls apart and they don’t really have fun with it any longer.  I usually give the children a topic and we just throw out ideas, and knowledge, and feelings that swirl around that … Read More

Heidi Time

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by Katee Heidi taught us how to make duck sounds today and sang to us about spring. We took turns pretending to be little seeds underground, rain, and rainbows.  The little seeds spiraled tight on the ground, while the rain makers shook egg shakers over top of them, and the rainbows twinkled with bells.  Heidi reminded the children to “keep … Read More