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Is it summer yet?

by Katee

Played outside all morning today! The children played games, splashed in the water table, built in the sandbox, hung out in the hammock, rode bikes, visited with the rabbits, and drew many many tattoos on each other.  After reading the book, “Mama Is It Summer Yet?”, the children were pretty convinced that that’s where were at today.

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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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Making Machines

By Katee

We have been taking small machines apart, constructing a machinery space in the loft, and projecting video on the wall of factories to see things being made.  This week we also had a small appointment to invent our own machines.

I told the children their machine could do anything they wanted it to and look any way they wanted- it did not have to be realistic or practical.  I was surprised that each machine was so unique.  Although some of the ideas initially being thrown around repeatedly were for ‘fart machines’, the children each came up with a different useful machine all on their own.  Wouldn’t you love to have these incredible machines at your home?

LD: “Bubble Gum Robot Machine”

VG: “Cleaner Machine”

NC: “Construction Everything Machine”

VH:  “Violet”

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“Everything feels different today…

…because it’s sunny!” – KP

By Katee

And today was very different than the past few months have been.  The air is warm, the sun is out, and we are more than ready to embrace it!  We have been outside the whole day, except for lunch and rest time.  The children mobbed the cubby room this morning when we asked who’d like to play outside and while they were waiting on the patio to run free, told me it must be spring!

ER- “I see spring outside!”
Katee- “Where do you see it?”
Many children point in every direction.
Katee- “What does spring sound like?”
Unknown – “It sounds like windchimes!”
Katee – “Can you smell spring? What does spring smell like?”
Many- “FLOWERS!”
AS- “And sunshine, and honey, and love!”

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Baby Needs Glasses

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We were gifted a cute tiny pair of glasses frames from the Thread of Justice Conference that fit perfectly on our baby dolls.  We are so happy to have the glasses as a conversation about difference and ability.

09-DSC_0081Today we read an excerpt from an anatomy book about our sense of sight. The book told us that our eyes send messages to our brain in pictures.  It also said that sometimes glasses can help people to see.  Many children had a connection with this.

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