Tulip Tree Preschool https://tuliptreepreschool.com Wed, 06 Nov 2019 21:34:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 Halloween! https://tuliptreepreschool.com/tuliptree/halloween-2/ https://tuliptreepreschool.com/tuliptree/halloween-2/#respond Fri, 01 Nov 2019 21:28:11 +0000 https://tuliptreepreschool.com/?p=22579 ]]> https://tuliptreepreschool.com/tuliptree/halloween-2/feed/ 0 Perfect Days for Leaf Piles https://tuliptreepreschool.com/tuliptree/perfect-days-for-leaf-piles/ https://tuliptreepreschool.com/tuliptree/perfect-days-for-leaf-piles/#comments Wed, 30 Oct 2019 21:41:09 +0000 https://tuliptreepreschool.com/?p=22558 Read More]]> by Katee

The winds of the west are upon us and its blowing all of our leaves down at once. Lucky for us this is coinciding with a dry spell and so our leafs are easily raked, piled, thrown, and so fluffy to jump into! The children have been collecting as many as they can underneath the geodome so that they can also swing and drop down into them. Just look at these happy fall faces!

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October Happy Birthday https://tuliptreepreschool.com/tuliptree/october-happy-birthday/ https://tuliptreepreschool.com/tuliptree/october-happy-birthday/#respond Fri, 25 Oct 2019 20:14:40 +0000 https://tuliptreepreschool.com/?p=22551 Happy birthday to our three October babies! We hope your birthdays were filled with love and magic and everything you wished for! We love you all!

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New Mushrooms Every day https://tuliptreepreschool.com/tuliptree/new-mushrooms-every-day/ https://tuliptreepreschool.com/tuliptree/new-mushrooms-every-day/#respond Mon, 21 Oct 2019 23:04:08 +0000 https://tuliptreepreschool.com/?p=22523 Read More]]> By Katee

“I’m in the Mushroom Fan Club!” – ER

The children have been increasingly wanting to hunt for mushrooms outside lately, and we are lucky to have an abundance of fungus here in our yard with all of our trees, wet leaves, and stumps.  It’s like nature’s little treasure hunt and even the teachers really don’t know what we’re gonna find! We found all kinds of strange things growing today and only a couple were fungi that we saw last week. It’s incredible how much fungus can change so quickly. Some of the mushrooms we saw last week were gone or droopy, and so many new ones had sprung up.  The children are learning that mushrooms are really a connected network of threads underground and so we may see new ones pop up in the same place we have seen them before.  The children are also learning that fungus can look A LOT of different ways. Heres some of our treasure from today:

But we also found some pretty common-looking specimens and dissected them for a closer look:

We talked about the parts of a typical mushroom and helped label a mushroom drawing during circle. Next we looked in our “Mushroom Fan Club” book and found instructions on doing a spore print. Tomorrow we’ll lift them carefully off the paper and see if we caught any spores (aka “powder seeds”, aka “s’mores”).

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Space & Face Parent Night! https://tuliptreepreschool.com/tuliptree/space-face-parent-night/ https://tuliptreepreschool.com/tuliptree/space-face-parent-night/#respond Fri, 18 Oct 2019 21:28:09 +0000 https://tuliptreepreschool.com/?p=22499 Read More]]> by Katee

Last night was our first parent night of the year and we had so much fun playing with everyone who was able to attend.  Snacks were had, some curriculum was explained, and then parents got to go to the materials and explore for themselves.

We explained that space has been a huge emergent curriculum in our classroom so far this year. It emerged from several children building rocket ships, getting excited about our astronaut costume, and a continued interest in night time since our exploration of camping this summer.  Teachers are always listening for these sparks and our job is to help facilitate the flame.  We offered them space exploration through projections, through story and research books, construction, painting, cutting, songs and dance, playdough and slime, red and sparkly sand, and anything silver we could find.  We have talked about the weather through space, moon phases, engineering, and taking care of our “goldilocks” planet- Earth. It seems space has had a part in everything we do around here these days!

We also talked about exploring faces.  We knew that we would be doing self portraits around this time of year, and so exploring faces was a teacher- led curriculum.  Our self portraits are important work- and the children feel how special it is.  The first goal in Anti-Bias Education is to develop a sense of self first- through exploration of identity, home, family pride, etc.  We got to work filling our classroom with mirrors this year, and finding so many ways to explore basic elements of a face and how they are arranged to be a precursor to our self portrait work.

So last night we set the tables…



Parents got their hands in the sensory materials, the loose parts, built a rocket ship, and even tried their hand at their own self-portraits!

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Mushrooms in the Rain https://tuliptreepreschool.com/tuliptree/mushrooms-in-the-rain/ https://tuliptreepreschool.com/tuliptree/mushrooms-in-the-rain/#respond Thu, 17 Oct 2019 23:01:54 +0000 https://tuliptreepreschool.com/?p=22475 Read More]]> by Alisha

Today at circle time Katee read a book called “Mushrooms in the Rain”. The story is about a little ant who finds shelter from the rain under a small mushroom. Other soaking wet animals came to seek shelter and each time they were able to fit even though the mushroom seemed small at first! Finally the sun comes out and a wise frog chuckles at their confusion. The story ends by saying, “What happens to mushrooms in the rain??…. They grow!” The children acted out the story as she read while the other children participated by making rain sounds on the ground.

As we read the book we noticed it was pouring outside our window and wondered if the rain made mushrooms grow in our very own yard. So we put on our rain gear and decided to go on a mushroom hunt. We found so many different types of mushrooms, including puff ball mushrooms, which we pressed to release poofs of spores. (check out our instagram @tuliptreepreschool to see a video!) Afterwards we were all so excited about mushrooms, we read a book called “Mushroom Fanclub”, which told us more information about some of the mushrooms we found in our yard.

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Fall Has Arrived! https://tuliptreepreschool.com/elm-house-blog/fall-has-arrived/ https://tuliptreepreschool.com/elm-house-blog/fall-has-arrived/#respond Tue, 15 Oct 2019 16:33:21 +0000 https://tuliptreepreschool.com/?p=22440 Read More]]> It’s is fall here at Elm House, and we sure are embracing it! Fall at Elm House means:


The children are working with pumpkins, squash or gords at various times of the day 

The children are wearing their favorite fall gear

The children love to watch the leaves fall at the goodbye window

Some mornings and afternoons we need to lay out a blanket on the wet deck so the children can lay down while we sing “sleeping bunnies,” a favorite song among the children, where they pretend to sleep and then get up and jump-“hop little bunnies!” we sing.

Finally, the children have noticed and love the new decorations in the Elm Room. “Kitty cat!” “Halloween!” “pumpkin!” “lights!” the children repeat throughout the day.



What does fall look like for your family? Decorations in the house? Pumpkin carving? Traditions?

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Self Portraits https://tuliptreepreschool.com/tuliptree/self-portraits/ https://tuliptreepreschool.com/tuliptree/self-portraits/#comments Mon, 14 Oct 2019 21:04:10 +0000 https://tuliptreepreschool.com/?p=22414 Read More]]> by Alisha

All year we have been studying faces. We’ve used recycled materials and natural materials to create faces and have found faces in unexpected places. Before we started our self portraits last week, we talked a lot about the shapes that make up our faces. We studied each others faces and our own through sight and touch. Last week we had our first “appointments,” where the teacher has a special project prepared for a small group. The children drew their self portraits two at a time. Some children knew just what to do and got right to drawing. Some children, who may not usually gravitate toward drawing, were a bit apprehensive at first. I prompted hem to look closely at the shapes and lines that they see by asking questions like, “What shapes do you see?”, “What shape is your head?” “How many eyelashes do you have?” “What shapes make up your nose?” “Where does your mouth open?” “Do you have tiny teeth or big teeth?”

I wasn’t sure how this project would feel for this young of a group. Many of them haven’t had a lot of practice in representational drawing yet but by the end of each self portrait, the children were beaming with pride. I am blown away by how beautifully detailed they all are.

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Time Lapse Heidi https://tuliptreepreschool.com/tuliptree/time-lapse-heidi/ https://tuliptreepreschool.com/tuliptree/time-lapse-heidi/#respond Wed, 09 Oct 2019 21:21:07 +0000 https://tuliptreepreschool.com/?p=22409  

Today is Wednesday, and that means a special visit from our friend, Heidi! We sang a couple familiar songs, and learned new ones about the rain and a jack-o-lantern as well. Here’s a silent speedy re-cap of our time together today:


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Animal Bath https://tuliptreepreschool.com/tuliptree/animal-bath/ https://tuliptreepreschool.com/tuliptree/animal-bath/#comments Tue, 08 Oct 2019 22:27:41 +0000 https://tuliptreepreschool.com/?p=22390 Read More]]> By Bee

The children are resting. There are a few quiet moments before they begin to stir. I set up a provocation. Water has been a big hit lately, and with the temperature cooling outside, I decide to run it hot so that it is pleasantly warm by the time it is used. How to spice it up? One of the children mentioned a bath earlier, how about an Animal Bath? I mix dyes to get a brown, place the animals inside, and set the bins on our light table.

It isn’t long before JS and MB rise to join me. 

The children are groggy, but when I mention water, their footsteps quicken. A slight smile tugs at the corner of JS’s mouth.

JS looks at the bins and back up at me. His brow furrows. “Why?”

“I thought you might enjoy giving these animals a bath.”


“Well, they are a little dirty in that muddy water and need some help. I know that you love to help others, and thought you might want to wash them in the warm soapy water.”

He smiles and gives one sharp nod.

JS slips his hand in the water. His eyes widen in surprise.


I chuckle.

“Do you like it? I enjoy warm water when it’s chilly out.”

“Chilly out.”

JS picks up an animal as MB crawls over and pulls herself up using the edge of the light table.

MB observes JS intently. She makes no move to touch the water, or the bin. Her body is relaxed and her mouth is slightly open. I can feel how closely she is watching.

JS grabs an ocotpus.


“An octopus. It lives in the ocean. You can see it has many tentacles.”


“Yes. Eight tentacles.”


“I see you washing that octopus. You are being so gentle and thorough. I wonder what you will do with it once it is clean.”

MB vocalizes and bounces her body up and down. She is asking for a turn at the table.

“Sure, this activity is available to you, MB. Let’s move to the other side of the table so everyone has space. I’m going to get you a stool so it is easy to reach over the bins. I will be right back. Thank you for waiting patiently.”

I grab a stool and return.

MB is indeed waiting patiently on the other side of the table. She makes no move to grab the bin or its contents, seemingly confident that her desire to play will be met momentarily. I put down the stool.

“MB, I’m going to pick  you up and put you onto the stool. Ready?”

I wait until I see MB tense her body, a signal to me that she has braced herself and is ready to be moved.

“Here we go!”

I pick up MB and move her over the stool. I lower her until her feet touch, and am surprised when she buckles her knees.

“Whoa! I thought you were going to stand up?! That surprised me! Engage your legs, mama!”

MB laughs as I touch her feet to the stool again. Her knees buckle. I lift and lower her again, only to be met by more buckled knees.

“MB, I thought you were interested in working with the water. It will be much easier to reach if you stand on this stool. You stand on our chairs a lot, remember? Your legs are so strong! Lock those knees and staaaaaaand up.”

“Strong.” JS echoes and encourages.

MB locks her knees and stands. She grabs the edge of the light table, and bounces her body up and down a couple of times, getting a feel for her weight on the stool.

“Now you can reach!”

MB looks at me, her eyes a question.

“Yes. You’re ready now, MB. You may play in the water.”

The words have hardly left my mouth before both her arms are in the bin. She grabs a hippo and merrily smacks it against the surface of the water.

Her right hand quickly locates a sponge, an item we have yet to use in the classroom thus far. She clenches her fist and her eyes dart from the splashes her hippo is making over to the sudsy water being forced from the sponge.


“Mmm. You’ve noticed that there is water in that sponge. You can use that water to wash the animals. Or you can just squeeze the sponge, it is up to you. Please keep the sponge over the bin as it holds SO MUCH water.”

“Whhhhhhyyyyy?” inquires JS.

“Well, that’s what makes sponges such great tools. They pick up and hold water for us, then let it go as soon as we ask by squeezing it. I asked for the sponges to stay over the bin so the water doesn’t go on the floor.”

“Why?” he asks again.

“I’m trying to protect our wooden floor from the water, and our nice dry socks from getting wet! Many people feel uncomfortable in wet socks.”

“Yeah.” He seems satisfied with this answer.

MB picks up an elephant and lets out a squeal of delight. I am unsure whether she is pleased by the animal itself, or the sheer heft of it. She splashes it in the water repeatedly. I make an elephant sound. Both children look to me and laugh.

MB sets the elephant aside and picks up a similar animal.

The mastodon seems puzzling. Similar to the elephant, yet also different. She wrinkles her nose and gives it a thorough look.

“Ahhh” she yells as she offers it to me, arm fully extended.

“For me? How thoughtful of you! It makes me feel so nice when you share with me, MB. Thank you!”

She gives me a tiny grin before fishing in the bin for something else.

I notice that the bubbles have filled both bins from the constant motion of the water.

“Children, I am going to empty one of these bins and get fresh water.”

“Why?” JS wants to know.

“I think you might enjoy being able to see the water again. Right now both bins look the same. Life is more interesting when we add difference!”

I dump the bin, add warm water, and debate leaving the water clear. I can’t resist color, and give into my personal desire to add some blue dye.

I bring the bin back and place it on the table.

“Blue water!? Why?” asks JS.

“Hm. I thought we needed water without bubbles, and I just really wanted to add blue. I like it! Maybe that is the clean water now. What do you think?”

“Blue!” he shouts back. Then he shakes his head. “Nooooo. Pink.”

“Oh! You were thinking you wanted some pink water?”

“Pink water.” He nods to confirm I have understood him.

“Thanks for letting me know what you need, JS. I think I can get us some pink water.”

I take the other soapy bin to the sink and dump the water. I add a tiny amount of red dye to fresh water, and hope this will satisfy JS.

“How does this look?” I offer as I set the bin down.

“Pink! Pink water. Special!”

“Pink water is special water? Hm. You must be right. I don’t often see pink water. How curious.”

MB and JS move animals back and forth between the bins of pink and blue water. They are at ease with one another, and share the activity readily. On the few occasions that they grab the same animal, they both let go and find another one.

Soap from the previous bins swirls around the very bottom. I add one drop of green dye to complete the colorful scene.

I sit back and smile as I watch the children continue to work together. I wonder what they are thinking. I am content not to know.




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