Tag Archives: Social/Emotional Learning

The numbers are in…

by Katee

Our community fundraising has been a huge success!  Today in circle we held hands and thanked each other for all of our hard work.  Every student had a hand in baking, sign making, flyer making, song writing and singing, being a salesperson, inviting family and friends, and helping to count our donations.  All of our hard work together has really paid off, and many families in our greater community will benefit from all of the very generous donations we have received. Today we added up all the diapers, all the wipes, all the dollar bills, checks, and coins and our final numbers are in!  All together we have… Continue reading

Diaper Bank Visits Tulip Tree

By Katee

We had two very special guests come to circle today from PDX Diaper Bank!  They brought lots of different diapers to look at and practice diapering dolls with and came prepared to answer any questions.  First they asked the children about what babies need, what a ‘diaper bank’ might be, and why diapering is so important.  Our guests were surprised to find that the children already knew about the needs of babies and diapers, and that we had already talked a lot about how the diaper bank helps the community!

Our guests told us further about non-profit organizations and that they started this company all on their own.  The children asked questions about different sizes of diapers, what cloth diapers are made out of, how someone could make a diaper, and where the diaper bank stores all the diapers they receive.  So they told to us about absorbent and waterproof fabrics, and disposable materials ending up in the landfill.  They also told us that diapers need lots of storage space while waiting to go to the families that need them, and that they are actually in need of more storage right now!

We ended our circle with them by singing them the song the children wrote about the Diaper Bank.  They were touched and excited to hear it and would like to put it on their website! (recording to come after we get a few more practices in)  We took a video recording of the circle and will be projecting on the wall of our classroom for the children who missed it today.

The Diaper Bank also left us a big donation box in our cubby room with a list of acceptable drop-box donations.  Come check it out- you cant miss it!

What can one little person do?

By Katee

What can one little me or you do?  We can help in our community!  We wanted to find a way to bridge some of our curriculum with activism this year and find a meaningful way that small children can feel like connected and helpful participants in their world- outside of their friends and family. After all of our exploration with babies we decided to help babies in our community by teaming up with PDX Diaper Bank!  We plan to host two bake sales within the Tulip Tree Community to help babies in the Portland Community who need diapers.  From baking cookies to babies using diapers- there are a lot of steps that get our effort to the people who need help.  To help this process feel more clear and coherent, we have been practicing acting it out, singing it out and writing out the steps:

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Painting with Consent

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 where we painted with consent from partners.  The participants did some finger painting, but shared one large piece of paper and had to ask their partner if it was okay with them as well.5-DSC_0050

GNF: “Can I put blue dots on the paper?”
EP: “yes!”

GNF waited patiently with eye contact waiting for consent from other partner…
NCC: “hmm….okay!”

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Once Upon a Time…

By Katee

We took a hiatus from storytelling, but we are back in full swing today!  The children tell a story to a teacher while the teacher dictates, and then when we go inside we gather in audience seating and call upon our friends to act out the stories with us.  Some children love this opportunity to express all different feelings, ideas, and silly happenings.


By OE

Once upon a time Voldemort was in the forbidden forest with Harry Potter.  They were dueling.  Voldemort said, “Avada Kadavra”. Harry said, “expeliarmus”.  But nothing happened.  Then harry went to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and ate dinner with Ron. Then harry and Ron went to bed.  The next day Harry played a game of quidditch. Harry caught the snitch. The End.


By ER

Once upon a time there were 2 tigers and they were running after a gazelle and they caught it.  But then someone named Harry came and they fought and the tigers died. And harry whacked himself in the head and it fell off and he died. The End.

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