Linny and Perry are Four!!

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By Cheryl What a busy, busy day!  Our classroom was bustling with preparations to celebrate the birthday of Linny and Perry, one of our three set of twins!  We followed our birthday ritual, making crowns, cards, and birthday wishes.  After Becky shared photos from each year of the twin’s life, we sang our birthday song for the candle lighting.  After … Read More

“Can I Use This When You’re Finished?”

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By Cheryl A great deal of the learning that occurs during the day happens around negotiating individual needs and wishes that arise  in the larger group setting.  Early in our day I saw something between Seamus and Ujia that really caught my attention.  I was in the cubby space with a few friends when Ujia came in carrying the toy … Read More

Important Rituals and Routines

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By Cheryl Birthdays are a special time we enjoy celebrating in our classroom.  These are special monthly events.  During our birthday celebrations, we routinely coordinate a child chosen healthy treat with parents.  Jaco chose soft pretzels.  Pictures of each year of the child’s life is also part of our birthday ritual.  Today, Jess, Jaco’s mom, shared with us that Jaco … Read More

Writing and Letters

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By Laura During a quiet moment this morning, Willa had a mission. She went to the table with markers and paper and sat down with a determined look on her face. She confirmed that she was indeed writing a letter. She continued to write and write, putting each paper away in her work box when she was finished. Willa’s friends … Read More

What is My Part in the Community of a Reggio School?

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by Sarah Lu On September 23rd we held our first Parent night of the year.  There were about eighteen parents who attended.  Our goal was to continue to build the significant bridge between home and school, that we had begun to cultivate with home visits, the potluck, and the first weeks of school.  We desired input from parents about how … Read More

Learning Skills and Sharing Accomplishments

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by Cheryl Often during the afternoon hours when rest time is ending, some children have been working with a set of magnetic blocks.  They are multi-colored, three dimensional pyramid shapes that can ultimately form a perfect cube.  We often work together, teacher and interested children, to make the cube.  It is always fun as a group to feel that sense … Read More

Music, Maps and Other Fun Things That happened Today

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by Cheryl As the post title may indicate, it was busy and fun day.  I’m hoping this post represents the feeling of our day so far:) The mornings drop off hour often includes fun puppet play in the dramatic play area…one of my favorite places.  Puppets seem to possess the power to comfort children when they may be feeling a … Read More

Empathy and Friendship

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by Cheryl In the spirit of giving you a snapshot of a special moment of the day,  I am reflecting on the subject of children and their ability to be empathic.  While there seems to be some different opinions on the ability of young children to be empathic, I wonder if this is often semantics.  When I see an exchange … Read More

Mr. Fox

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By Laura All the chickens line up at the fence… They ask, “What time is it, Mr. Fox?” And Mr. Fox says, “Eight o’clock.” They count out eight steps. And ask again, “What time is it, Mr. Fox?” Mr. Fox says, “Dinnertime!” Run, chickens, run. Until they’ve worked up an appetite for. . . LUNCHTIME!

Music and Movement

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by Cheryl Each Monday and Thursday Megan leads a music and movement group.  We divide the class into two groups and while one group goes outside the other has music and movement group.  Then we switch groups!  Megan leads the children in a sequence of songs that are typically accompanied by body movement.  She begins the groups with a welcome … Read More