by Alisha Since last year’s Pajama Day, everyone has been looking forward to this year’s Pajama Day. It has been AMAZING so far… And here is some video of our sleepy good morning song at circle today!
by Alisha For the next couple of weeks we are going to be working on making self portraits out of clay. Today at circle we felt our faces– the parts that stick out, the parts that go in, the size and shape of each feature. We talked about how clay is different from pen and paper because you actually get … Read More
By Kerry Building is a staple activity in the classroom. The building room is constantly transforming at the whim of the children’s imaginations. Most building projects have been confined to the walls of the block room but lately the projects have been bursting out into the hallway. The marble runs have been a great opportunity for the kids to build … Read More
by Katee Documentation is an important part of our learning environment at Tulip Tree. Recently, when hanging up some photos in our art studio, ST asked me, “What are you doing?”. I replied, “Well, I’m hanging up some photos of you all with your hands in the clay. Do you remember doing that last week?” ST said, “Yeah, but why are you … Read More
By Kerry It is a natural progression for the children to start getting excited about letters and wanting to create words with the letters they know. First they try their own names and later their family and friends’ names. Lately, teachers have been asked how to spell certain words so the children can make notes to take home. The link … Read More
by Katee Today we played one of our favorite games at circle time- “Who’s Missing”. One child leaves the room while we choose another to hide, usually under a blanket, in the middle of the circle. The rest of the circle has the difficult task of being “the secret keepers” as the first child returns and has to guess “Whoooooo’s … Read More
Katee: I got this interesting gift from my dad to bring to school. What do you notice about it?? Unknown: There’s a bush in there. DB: There’s magic in there that it can get smaller when it goes through the middle and then turn bigger at the other end! Katee: It does look pretty big. EB: I think it could … Read More
by Katee When getting out the playdough, or goo-gak, or clay, the children always ask for more tools. We have rollers, and wire, and knives and the children just love them all. Certainly learning to manipulate a variety of tools is interesting and valuable in so many ways, but I wanted to back it up and start at the beginning. … Read More