Sharing Meal Time with Toddlers

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  We have had many requests recently from parents asking for us to expose our daily rhythms and rituals.  Although play is of course a big part of what we do at school, it is the seemingly menial tasks  that take up the majority of our time. Activities such as toileting, eating, sleeping, and getting ready to go outside are … Read More

Afternoon Cooking

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By Nora “Cooking is at once child’s play and adult joy. And cooking done with care is an act of love.” -Craig Claiborne Click here for the recipe 🙂 (We used sunbutter instead of peanut butter)

Hands as Blooming Flowers

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Sometimes in the early morning we put on little videos of people playing instruments or dancing. Yesterday we put on a time lapse video of flowers in bloom. AS watched the video and began using her hands to create many different types of flowers blooming. GNF joined her and together they calmly and quietly used their hands to recreate the video … Read More

Painting with Consent

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By Katee We practiced asking for consent more today at circle, role playing different scenarios and asking for volunteers to act them out. We practiced asking for a hug, asking to participate in a game, and also saying “stop!” if a hug or a game doesn’t feel comfortable any longer. To further this idea we had a small group appointment … Read More

Clay Play

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By Megan Over the past few months we have been exploring clay with the children. We have appointments in our art studio every morning with a few children where we can really dive into our art experiences.  Not only is clay play an engaging sensory experience for the children, but it’s also a chance to use new vocabulary to describe … Read More

“Everything feels different today…

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…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 … Read More

Rain, Rain, Rain

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by Alisha We have had soooo much rain lately and also lotssss of energy. This combinations means that we have been spending a lot of time outside in the mud and rain. Some children prefer to stay dry behind the elephant wall, while others go straight for the rain and mud. 

Baby Needs Glasses

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By Katee 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. Today we read an excerpt from an anatomy book about our sense of sight. The book told us that our … Read More