Thankful For This Community

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By Cheryl Today there was a real spirit of helping in the preschool.  In addition to the continued vegetable chopping, children helped with snack set- up, with center clean-up and with block hunting.  Including young children in all aspects of the day isn’t always the first thing we adults think of but once we remember how much they can do … Read More

Stone Soup

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By Cheryl We are so busy with many projects!  One of which is preparation for our Stone Soup gathering this Friday night.  Here is a glimpse of the things we worked on today to prepare for this event.   Thank you parents for supporting us in our work as we prepare to enjoy a meal with each other on Friday!

Leaf, Letter, Shelter, String

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By Laura Today was full of high energy, group work and giggles. During choice time we set up a letter writing station. Check your child’s workbox–you may discover a letter that needs to be delivered! Outside, children and teachers have been adding fabric and string to our tee pee shelter. The subsequent play involved yarn in different ways.    

The Speaking Feather

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By Cheryl Earlier this week, Laura introduced the “speaking feather”.  This is a tool in support the children as they gain greater understanding of what it means to listen while others are speaking.  This object helps those who need reassurance that he or she will have a turn to speak.  The feather is a visual cue that supports listening skills. … Read More

Caring Curriculum

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By Cheryl As teachers, we are working toward common language and clear expectations regarding how we care for ourselves, for others, and for our things.  Today during morning circle, Laura introduced the topic of “caring” with the book A Chair For My Mother by Vera B. Williams. There was a brief discussion following the book, using a ‘hand on heart … Read More

“Violent” Play

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Last Monday we had the fortune of meeting together as a small group of parents and teachers.  It was our first reading group of the year (I will call it a reading group from now on, since we don’t necessarily read books, and because ‘club’ sounds awful fancy), and we met at Amy’s (Willa’s mom) house.  Laura, Cari, Jeff, Kirsten, … Read More

From the Writing Table

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By Laura During the usual whirlwind of morning play we noticed one table was especially quiet, and busy. Cheryl went over to see what was up. The children had set up a writing station. MacKenna: Can you spell my name? Cheryl: M . . . MacKenna: I don’t know how to do that. Seamus: I know how. [He drew an … Read More

Spooky Times

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By Laura Two witches flew in on their broomsticks today–a tall witch named Calamity and a shorter witch named Doondik. They wore tall, pointed hats and spoke with creaky voices. . . Later, we decided that a spookier Commons might encourage more special visitors. We worked together to transform the space. The children added leaves, sticks and spiny balls to … Read More

Natural Materials

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By Laura Lila decided to bring the shells, rocks and natural materials over to the table during choice time. Emi, Eloise, Atticus and Seamus were intrigued by her work and came over to join. They all sat together, building and rebuilding designs and structures on felt canvasses. This work also inspired a few questions that we will continue to explore: … Read More