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by Sarah Lu When sadness comes, just sit by the side and look at it and say, “I am the watcher, I am not the sadness,” and see the difference. Immediately you have cut to the very root of sadness.  It is no more nourished.  It will die of starvation.  We feed these emotions by being indentified with them.   … Read More

Social Constructivism and Meaning Making

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by Sarah Lu Social Constructivism sounds like a heavy term.  But it can be simply defined.  Social Constructivism upholds the idea that we are all continuously constructing our own knowledge, and that furthermore, we don’t do this inside of a bubble.  We are influenced by others- the people who surround us, those in our community.  This is an idea that … Read More

Busy Busy

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by Sarah Lu Today might be characterized as a busy day….  full of interesting work, spontaneous emergent themes, laughter, conflict, fun and successes.  There were many stories to be written, games to be played.  There was an air of excitement. The children have been talking about menus for the cafe ever since it opened two weeks ago, and today we … Read More


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By Laura Happy Friday! Thank you all for an amazing week of conferences. So much belly laughter and tears of love. What truly incredible young people we have in our collective care.

The Mask Making Has Begun

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By Laura Yesterday and today we began creating Halloween masks for our parade. It is really fun watching the children pour over the beautiful stuff that they all brought in with their treasure bags. We will have the mask making table available in the mornings for the next week and a half. [slideshow]

Loving Caleb

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By Laura When I talk with adults about my work, inevitably their own stories of preschool emerge. “Oh, I cried behind the door for hours everyday when I was in preschool.” “I was a biter.” “My parents have told me that I hit everyone, for, like, two years.” “I would cling to my mom, sobbing.” “I’m still friends with two … Read More

Family Presence

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By Laura Every morning when Abby’s dad drops her off at school they choose one book to read together. This is part of their goodbye ritual that helps Abby transition into her school day. Matt is an animated reader and this daily interaction often draws a crowd of eager listeners. Also, this morning, we began to put up the “All-About-Me” … Read More

Mr. Mad

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By Laura This morning Sarah Lu introduced a new puppet to the children at circle. His name is Mr. Mad. He asked the preschoolers, “Have you ever felt really, really mad?” Most could remember a time when they had felt this strong emotion. He asked, “What does your mad face look like?” And they provided some examples: He proceeded to … Read More

100 Languages

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No way. The hundred is there. The child is made of one hundred. The child has a hundred languages a hundred hands a hundred thoughts a hundred ways of thinking of playing, of speaking. A hundred always a hundred ways of listening of marveling, of loving a hundred joys for singing and understanding a hundred worlds to discover a hundred … Read More

Me and Us

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by Sarah Lu   me… you are doing dots like me there’s little branches that stick out like that little strippies flicking off   i draw my eyes eyes a lemon eyes they’re ovals eyes are always an oval eyes are green like… pretty   and look at my face it’s an oval too a smooshed pulled circle it’s a … Read More