Tulip Tree Preschool https://tuliptreepreschool.com Thu, 21 Mar 2019 16:35:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.1.1 See You Later Amber! https://tuliptreepreschool.com/tuliptree/see-you-later-amber/ https://tuliptreepreschool.com/tuliptree/see-you-later-amber/#respond Tue, 19 Mar 2019 19:01:17 +0000 https://tuliptreepreschool.com/?p=21415 Read More]]> Today we say goodbye to our beloved teacher, Amber.  Well, at least we say, “see you later!” Amber may be leaving us as a full-time staff member that she has been for many years now, but we already have her on the calendar to substitute in a couple weeks, and parents are already taking advantage of her new babysitting availability, so we will definitely still have Amber in our lives!

Today we had another goodbye circle for Amber.  We made a giant card full of well-wishes, and many children made individual cards too.  Alisha read aloud the wishes we have for her on her new journey that included some new farm animals, treats, and wishing she’d never leave.

A basket full of smaller cards were sorted to their makers and the children got to give a card, a hug, a high five, or all 3 to Amber on their turn.

Next we asked Amber to tell us her phone number and we all pretended to dial it and call her in the future for babysitting, for a play-date, or to please have a party on her farm and then invite us!

We later read a book called, “Different Kinds of Goodbyes” that outline a variety of goodbyes: to the grocery clerk, to a friend you’ll see tomorrow, a friend moving far away, saying goodbye to a parent when you have two homes, a more permanent goodbye with a death of a loved one, etc.  Our hearts feel a little lighter knowing that this goodbye is just a “see you later”.

Tulip Tree Loves You Amber! See you again soon!

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Fun with Drums https://tuliptreepreschool.com/tuliptree/fun-with-drums/ https://tuliptreepreschool.com/tuliptree/fun-with-drums/#respond Wed, 06 Mar 2019 21:07:07 +0000 https://tuliptreepreschool.com/?p=21405

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Adventures with Googy Ga-Ga https://tuliptreepreschool.com/tuliptree/adventures-with-googy-ga-ga/ https://tuliptreepreschool.com/tuliptree/adventures-with-googy-ga-ga/#respond Tue, 05 Mar 2019 22:15:33 +0000 https://tuliptreepreschool.com/?p=21394 Read More]]> by Alisha

This morning at circle we created a character by taking turns adding to a drawing on our white board easel.

After we each got a chance to add something, we named him. It was decided that his name would be Googy Ga-Ga!

Then we all stood up and tried to look and move like Googy Ga-Ga.

After we got a feel for what Googy Ga-Ga looked and moved like, we wrote a story together about him.

At lunch circle, we acted out the story that we wrote.

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We Are Mermaids https://tuliptreepreschool.com/tuliptree/we-are-mermaids/ https://tuliptreepreschool.com/tuliptree/we-are-mermaids/#comments Mon, 04 Mar 2019 23:49:39 +0000 https://tuliptreepreschool.com/?p=21361 Read More]]> by Alisha

This morning at circle time we read a new addition to our school library, a book called Julian is a Mermaid. The book follows a young boy named Julian and his Abuela on their bus ride home. Julian sees some beautiful mermaids and imagines himself as one.  When he gets home, he uses items around the house to become a mermaid.

After we read the book, many of the children expressed interest in becoming mermaids themselves! So we made a spur of the moment mermaid dress up choice for explore time. We used scarves, fake flowers, face paint and music to transform ourselves into mermaids (yes, I transformed into a mermaid as well). We imagined how it would feel to be dancing and swimming under the sea. After an hour of this choice, the other children came in from outside. The mermaids performed a mermaid dance for lunch circle.  Now there is a waiting list for the next time we have a mermaid choice!

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Parent Night Photos! https://tuliptreepreschool.com/tuliptree/parent-night-photos/ https://tuliptreepreschool.com/tuliptree/parent-night-photos/#comments Thu, 28 Feb 2019 22:20:54 +0000 https://tuliptreepreschool.com/?p=21320 By katee

Well by popular request Parent Night was filled with time for exploring materials and current provocations – which means we got our hands in the clay and made our own self- portraits!  Thank you all who were able to attend for a fun and easy evening of clay and connection. Here are some photos from last week’s fun:

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“Let’s build a tall, tall, tall, tall tower!” https://tuliptreepreschool.com/tuliptree/lets-build-a-tall-tall-tall-tall-tower/ https://tuliptreepreschool.com/tuliptree/lets-build-a-tall-tall-tall-tall-tower/#respond Thu, 28 Feb 2019 22:11:49 +0000 https://tuliptreepreschool.com/?p=21351

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How Some Old Wood Became a Highlight of the Week! https://tuliptreepreschool.com/tuliptree/how-some-old-wood-became-a-highlight-of-the-week/ https://tuliptreepreschool.com/tuliptree/how-some-old-wood-became-a-highlight-of-the-week/#comments Fri, 22 Feb 2019 20:29:39 +0000 https://tuliptreepreschool.com/?p=21309 Read More]]> By Kerry

Every now and then a new material gets introduced to the playground. Since we’re at the end of winter and the kids have been spending more and more time inside, they needed something that was going to encourage some big movements during their shortened outdoor time. These large wooden planks did the trick.

They were lifting, climbing, balancing, dragging and pushing. They built a HUGE obstacle course with bridges, teeter totters, loopty-loops and “tight ropes”. They even made a second story and new entrances for the play house. They loved it! The kids are now excited to go outside to work on their projects and make them bigger and better!





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Sticks with Heidi https://tuliptreepreschool.com/tuliptree/sticks-with-heidi/ https://tuliptreepreschool.com/tuliptree/sticks-with-heidi/#respond Wed, 20 Feb 2019 21:56:03 +0000 https://tuliptreepreschool.com/?p=21303

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More Self Portraits in Clay (with Videos!) https://tuliptreepreschool.com/tuliptree/more-self-portraits-in-clay-with-videos/ https://tuliptreepreschool.com/tuliptree/more-self-portraits-in-clay-with-videos/#comments Fri, 15 Feb 2019 22:44:40 +0000 https://tuliptreepreschool.com/?p=21281 by Katee

Today I picked up where Alisha had left off with Clay Self Portraits.  I love watching their processes, their growth, and especially the details they choose to add to their work with these.  Here are some great photos and videos of our appointment this morning:






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Love Day! https://tuliptreepreschool.com/tuliptree/love-day/ https://tuliptreepreschool.com/tuliptree/love-day/#comments Thu, 14 Feb 2019 22:47:53 +0000 https://tuliptreepreschool.com/?p=21253 Read More]]> by Alisha

We love love!  We had a very busy valentines morning full of excited, loving energy. We’ve been exploring what “love” means. What is it? How does your body feel when you are loving? What does it look like? How do you show love?

At circle time we got a note in a special envelope that said, “Tulip Tree, I love you all SO much! Love, your secret admirer.” BUT THEN, Love Dragon couldn’t contain herself. She confessed that it was her and that she just loves us all a lot. The children were all delighted to give love dragon a hug or high five.

We also practiced saying, “I love you” in different languages, including American Sign Language.

Later we played a drawing game were each child added to the same drawing. We ended up creating a really cute little heart creature. Then we all pretended to be the creature…

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