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

Birthday Celebrations

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We have celebrated so many birthday’s so far this year! Here is a glimpse into some super super special birthday circles. FC’s 4th birthday CL’s 5th birthday EB and AB’s 4th birthday BS’s 3rd birthday And today we celebrated SM’s 5th birthday

Welcome, Kame-chan!

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by Alisha Today was the end of an era and the start of a new one! Our friend Tortuga Marina is no longer with us. Tortuga is a turtle who travels from child to child, exploring the the world through the eyes of each family. At the end of your child’s turn with Tortuga, a photo log is made in … 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

Pinky and Bun Bun’s Trust Bridge

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by Alisha Once upon a time there was  a little pig named Pinky and a little bunny named Bun Bun. On Pinky and Bun Bun’s first day of preschool they were SO nervous. Pinky got to school first and realized that there were lots of fun things to do! Pinky was a tiny bit nervous but mostly excited. Then Bun … Read More