Photo Booth Dress Up!

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by Alisha This morning we brought out a huge bin of dress up clothes for the children to explore. I was wishing we had a full length mirror until I remembered we have a photo booth on our laptop!! We set up a little table and showed the children how to take photos on a 3 second timer. We also … Read More

Sandbox Surprises

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by Megan Late last week we got a delivery of beach sand for our sandbox. The day before the sand was delivered we re-opened the sandbox after a few wet months of closure. We took down the perimeter fence and lifted off the tarps. The children jumped in with glee and immediately started to notice some creatures that had been … Read More

Extended explore time

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By Amber On Friday the Tulip Tree teachers had the opportunity to sit in and observe preschool classrooms at another local preschool called Wild Lilac. Seeing other classrooms, materials, environments, children and educators can be incredibly inspiring. It can lead the teachers to wonder about their own classrooms and changes they can implement. We sat in the classes for the … Read More


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By Nora This week we did a lot of work getting the garden ready for spring. It is finally consistently above freezing and our peas are bursting out of the soil. Our garlic continues to grow and grow. We transplanted our baby tomato plants growing in the windowsill into some bigger containers. We also recently acquired to garden beds that … Read More

Safe Landing Zone

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by Mage Lately the kids have become more interested in jumping! The older children will, of course, try to jump off of anything and everything–whether we like it or not. 😉 The younger set are still working on the lift-off, meaning the jumps are more like big steps. Jumping is obviously a form of risky play, and it can also … Read More

Book making and playing music!

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By Amber Parent talent week wrapped up last week and we got to see a lot of very cool skills!     On Friday LG’s dad, Brian and ST’s dad, Shohei brought their music instruments to play a little live show for the children!   Thank you everyone who came to show us your special talents!  

Talking about Taking Turns

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By Laurie The concept of turn taking has been something we have been working on with special focus, especially since the word “mine!” started sweeping through Elm House and subsequent grabbing and pushing in regards to toys. The following is a conversation between myself and some of our older children, who worked together to set up an imaginary firefighter game. … Read More

Trucks! trucks! trucks!

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By Jackie   This week, outside of Elm House, a construction crew brought their cool construction trucks and tool to the street and carried out a pipe renewal project. This bring a lot of excitement to Elm House! We already have a few truck enthusiasts here, watching the trucks in action enable them to share their passion with many other … Read More

Tulip Tree at Design Week

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By Katee We received a very special invitation this week to participate in Portland Design Week 2018!  One of our amazing parents who works for a local design company is hosting a fun experiment that will be on display there.  The experiment asks a variety of peoples to design a shirt with some knowns and some variables that will be … Read More

First Walk

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by Megan The stars aligned today for a neighborhood stroller walk.  With the good weather, a few less children than expected and a neighbors noisy construction project next door-we were inspired to go find where all the beautiful spring blooms that have been showing up in our outdoor classroom were coming from. A leisurely walk around the block searching for, … Read More