Consent is for more than rough-housing

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by Mage When it comes to consent and the children, something I need to remind myself of occasionally is that consent is for more than rough-housing. We should ask for consent before engaging in gentle touches, before helping another person, before hugging, and in other situations, too… During our music time on Wednesday, Heidi reminded us about practicing consent when … Read More

Not a single moment was wasted.

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By Bee The morning air feels still and thick. The birds are quiet and I can’t hear any cars. The children move through the yard slowly, each meandering towards a different corner. I notice wet chalk by the stumps and wonder if the children will use it to create paint. MC calls me over to one of our gardens. He … Read More

More Self Portraits in Clay (with Videos!)

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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: DB:   LG: LS: FC:

Magnatile Conversation

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By Katee We have a few veteran Magnatilers in our classroom.  They are drawn to these incredible magnetic blocks and choose them at almost every opportunity.  As an adult, I want to roll my eyes when they ask to play with them again and again, and as a teacher I want to lure them to other things.  But this is … Read More

Why We Practice Documentation

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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

Hands in the Clay

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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

If you give a toddler a choice…

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By Bee If you give a mouse a cookie, he’ll want a glass of milk. Most of us know the slippery slope that follows the opening line to Laura Numeroff’s beloved books. You give a little, annnnnnnnnddd before you know it a mouse has the run of your house and is making all sorts of demands. I was curious about … Read More

Welcoming Winter

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By Katee We are still technically in autumn but as we woke to December this weekend, we are looking ahead to winter.  We welcome winter with warm tea parties and glittery art projects, we welcome winter with sniffles, hand washing lessons, and donations of tissues (thank you Katie!), and we welcome winter in our classroom with some of our favorite … Read More

The Rainbow Seed

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  by Katee Sometimes project work starts with a big catalyst- moving to a new space, breaking an arm, babies born in the community, etc., but sometimes it starts with something small, something tiny- maybe something that can fit in your cubby when you get to school or even in your pocket to stay with you and jingle it’s reminder … Read More

Why the White Room?

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“It’s like a place for wish magic!”- CL by Katee At our Reggio-inspired school we are called to be facilitators of exploration.  We set out provocations to provoke wonder, curiosity, engagement, reflection, and learning through experience.  We follow the children throughout the year, carefully listening, trying to understand the hundred languages that each child speaks to us and build ideas … Read More