Space & Face Parent Night!

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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 … Read More

Mushrooms in the Rain

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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 … Read More

Animal Bath

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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 … Read More

The Space Craze

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By Kerry Reading books about the moon, animals in space and what it takes to be a real astronaut have inspired questions and imaginative scenarios for the children to explore during play. They want to know everything about our solar system and the equipment and people that explore it. The classroom is packed to gills with different ways for the … Read More

Finding what’s Fallen

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by Katee Can you believe the first days of Fall are already behind us and tomorrow starts October?! As we’ve been talking about elements of a face and creating faces out of buttons and paper, bottle caps and rubber bands, we have also been looking at making faces out of natural elements.  Today we read the book , “Leaf Man” … Read More

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

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

It’s Official!

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by Katee And now…a package we’ve all been waiting for…drum roll please… Tulip Tree Preschool is now official recognized by the National Wildlife Federation as a Certified Wildlife Habitat! …and the crowd goes wild!