Hearty Kids and Soggy Chairs

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By Laura Today was a scheduled park day– we offered the walk there as a choice for any child willing to brave the elements. Eight were up for the challenge today. We layered up, putting mittens or socks on our hands to protect them from the cold, and set out. We marched along, singing about ants and commenting on how … Read More

Now Shanti is Three

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By Laura Today, Haio and Bernadette joined us for Shanti’s birthday celebration.We learned that Shanti loved to bounce up and down on a ball as a baby. In fact, the very first time she laughed she was bouncing. When Shanti was one year old, she would wander over to the ice cream vendor at the park and stand in line–all … Read More

Roy’s 4th Birthday Celebration

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By Laura We celebrated Roy’s birthday today with his parents, Kirsten and Mimy. We learned that Roy was born in California and spent a lot of time in the sun and at the beach as a baby. When he was one year old, Roy attended his first baseball game. Some of his friends made the “connection” sign–they have been to … Read More

Exploring Neighborhood Landmarks

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By Cheryl   All week we have offered a small group walk each day.  Today I accompanied Lois, Linny, Seamus, and Evan.  One thing I am really struck by and enjoy on these walks is the way the children are interested in everything around them.  They can stay fixed on something interesting for quite a while, touching, smelling and discussing … Read More

Job Board

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By Cheryl Today as children begin arriving they saw a big table of plants. We explained to children that there was a job that needed to be done – the plants needed watering! As more kids arrived, many were interested in giving the plants their water.  Seamus, Linny, Anna, and Evan watered until the job was done. A lot of … Read More

The Art Studio

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By Cheryl   There are some changes in our classroom.  The furniture in the studio is shifted to divide and define the space.  Our intention is to create an environment that supports more sustained attention when working at tables independently or with groups.  Today some kids chose to use green and yellow colored pencils to represent a beautiful arrangement of … Read More

Stella Turns Four

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By Laura Stella turned four last week and we celebrated at preschool today. Her mom, Lesley, and her baby brother, Ever, joined us this morning to share stories and photos. We learned that one of Stella’s first words was, “Pup!” because she would always see dogs when she went on walks with her family through the neighborhood. Stella loves animals … Read More

Turtle Travels

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By Laura Tortuga Marina came back to school this morning after visiting Boone and Arly. On each day that she returns we spend time at our lunch circle learning about her travels, preferences and sleeping arrangements. Little bits of her personality are revealed each time. Today, the fact that she brushed her teeth before going to bed got a hearty … Read More

Dreaming Big

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by Sarah Lu We began our year with some Big Ideas, something that many Reggio Inspired schools choose to do at the beginning of the year.  Because our school and community were still so new, only starting our second year, we chose Community (a continuing idea from last year) as one of these ideas.   And because our Commons was brand … Read More

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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by Sarah Lu Our Valentine’s Party was fun, sunny, and inspiring.   We started out on a parade with the heart flags the children have been making.  We then had some delicious treats made by parents.  Thank you volunteers!  And finally the kids handed out and received their Valentine cards. Preschoolers obviously delight in making things for the people that they … Read More