Matters of Opportunity… Does Opportunity Matter?

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Play teaches us that we have choice, opportunity. The atelier is a small fraction of our world. Our whole world is the atelier, is the studio. Children, people, need choice, need opportunity, to play, to think, to Mess About. Many children do not have this opportunity.

Nicks First Visit

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by Alisha Today during circle Laura introduced Nick. For some children this was the first time meeting him. Nick is a persona doll, who is a part of our community. If you would like to know more about his role in our classroom you can read Laura’s blog here.  Today Laura told the group that Nick is 4 years old, … Read More

“What Are You Playing?”

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  by Alisha The children couldn’t get enough outside time on this beautiful day. Everyone was full of ( very active) energy and imagination. Every corner of the commons was utilized today and it great to see the creative use of materials in almost every area. Today I spent my time wandering from person to person or group to ask “What are you playing?”

Fast Tempo, High Volume

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by Alisha This morning we had a choice to stay in to use the musical instruments that some children have been eyeing on the shelf these past few weeks. We sang some songs all together while keeping a beat on the big drum. Then we talked about tempo and volume. We tried high volume with slow temp, low volume with … Read More

Story Workshop

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by Alisha Today during circle I used props to tell the first part a story about a little girl named Quinn, who lives high up in the mountains. After an earthquake, Quinn runs through the dark forest to check on her grandmother who lives near her. On her way she hears some crunching in the forest and was surprised (and a little … Read More

In Only a Week…

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by Alisha I can’t believe it’s only the the end of the first week! It really feels like this group has been playing and working together for much longer. From getting to know each other to building to storytelling to dragon games– this year is bursting with creative energy and I could not be more excited for all the possibilities of … Read More