Spicy Work

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by Alisha Yesterday we had our first Spicy Work of the year and woah! It was spicy! Spicy Work is a classroom tool we use to nudge connection between children (sometimes those who do not typically play together), to support the use of conflict resolution and negotiation skills, and to provide structured time for dyad (or triad if we have odd … Read More

LD and EP turn 4!

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By Amber We had two friends turn 4 since school started this year. First was LD in the beginning of September and now EP in the beginning of October. At TT we have a birthday tradition of inviting our children’s family to the child’s birthday circle celebration. The child is invited to bring a special item to school to show … Read More

Behind the Camera

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by Katee We take a lot of pictures at school.  Children are so used to being the subject of photographs and usually only rarely get an opportunity to be the photographer themselves.  As much as we’d love to let the children take photos all the time, cameras are a delicate tool and we have gone through a few cameras over … Read More

Face Paint Transformation

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by Alisha Last week we were very focused on drawing our own faces on paper and this week we have been drawing on our own faces! Whether we are using it to transform into a “Tiger-Dragon” or to enjoy the sensory experience of drawing on our own skin, face paint is super fun. The past couple of days we have … Read More

Two Eyes, a Nose and a Mouth

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by Alisha We have been working on our drawing self portraits. This is a project we do twice each year. Once at the beginning of the year, and once at the end, along with many other portrait projects in between. We talk about the shape of our facial features and look closely to notice small details we may have not … Read More

Supporting Rough Play

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by Katee It is a topic that we address each year, and each year is so important to address. Rough play, horseplay, roughhousing – it’s something all little animals do as a part of their development and human children are no exception.  Children learn physical skills from this play including controlling muscle movements, they learn social and emotional skills including … Read More

Music time!

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by Alisha Singing is such a huge part of our days in the classroom. We have our greeting songs, our blessing song, our song to be excused to wash hands, our song for when the fruit comes and countless other songs that help our day flow. Maybe most helpful to us are the little songs we sing during transition times. … Read More