Fire Drills and Shooting Stars

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By Bee Yesterday I spent some of my planning time refreshing our Studio space with Mage. The Studio presents a special sort of conundrum because it is where the children work after nap while there are still friends sleeping below them. Finding materials that are both engaging and quiet…that support inquiry without inviting full body play…well it is tricky with … Read More

Sweet Surprises

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By Bee Yesterday morning, as with most mornings, I walked quietly over to the hallway and opened the gate. I moved into the space and let the open walkway be my silent invitation. Immediately AB noticed and walked over to join me. HB, who has joined me every day for the past couple of weeks, loudly declared, “AND ME! I … Read More

Kulakoops and Monkey Babies

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By Bee Right before our break I put up some artwork by Brian Froud that depicts different faeries and pixies. I wondered what the children would think of them. The following is a transcription of a conversation they provoked.   Im seeing some signs of things that aren’t real. They might be kind of scary, but might be kinda not. … Read More

Documentation Party

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By Bee Last week was our culminating documentation party, and what an experience it was! They backyard was absolutely bustling. There was documentation on the house, on the fences, and also hanging from the trees. Adults were milling about conversing with one another and observing their children on the stools/beams. The children were talking about the photographs, munching away on … 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:

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

What does this say?

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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

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

1, 2, 3 For You & Me!

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As new staff at Elm House, we are asked to read a wonderful book entitled “1, 2, 3… The Toddlers Years: A Practical Guide for Parents & Caregivers” by Irene Van der Zande with Santa Cruz Toddler Care Center staff.  I have read a few texts on development, first while obtaining my bachelor’s psychology degree and then as a nanny … Read More

Feeling Brave Together

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by Katee We have been talking a bit about how fun it can be to be scared sometimes.  The season of ghoulish imagery, mysterious masked people, and shadow is upon us and this can feel frightening sometimes to young children.  We have been talking about how many of these decorations we see are just for fun- the fun and excitement … Read More