Tag Archives: Social/Emotional Learning

Where Will We Be?

by Katee

Alisha held a circle yesterday to talk to the children about the future.  So many different feelings come from looking toward the future.   The future can often feel scary and unsure because it is hard to imagine.  Change can often feel scary because it seems like your world is unstable in a way, and that you’ll have to brace yourself for enduring the impending shift.

So Alisha printed photos of all the children and taped them to blocks for support.  “Here we all are, on a Tuesday, at Tulip Tree Preschool.”, Alisha said.

Everyone’s family has different schedules in the summer time. Some friends will go to camp here or elsewhere, some friends might stay at home or with family or friends, some families might go on vacation.  Then , in the fall, school will start again and this will look different for different people.  Some friends will be back at Tulip Tree, some friends will move on to kindergarten or another schedule. 

 

 

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Tiny Realms

by Katee

When exploring the Remida center during our Tuesday field trip last week, many of the children had two favorite things they got to d0- ride the bus, and play with the ‘tiny realms’.  They had set out small divided scenes filled with tiny things for the children to play in.  There was a box filled with soil, sticks and moss, a tray filled with sand and cups and a slide, little homes with appliances and creatures, and many reused materials.  The children had several rooms to explore in this area but all were entranced at the tiny realms.

I had a chance to talk with the Remida director about the tiny realms and we were so excited to see the children so happily intrigued.  “In this world, they are giants.”, she told me.  We discussed that children can feel in control of a world with this play and have the opportunity to play the role of a larger entity and a powerful being.  We also discussed how children of this age are often so attracted to small things.  Maria Montessori called this age a ‘sensitive period’ for many things, including small objects.  They seem to have a natural compulsion to master this area and it is so exciting to observe.

After this inspirational field trip, we brought tiny realms to Tulip Tree.  We have done work with this throughout the year, but this time intentionally built different terrains and scenes side by side.  The children have been happily exploring there all week.

 

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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