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:

A Backyard Habitat

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By Kerry After our walk around the neighborhood searching for urban wildlife shelters, the kids have been wanting more! We had a circle where we brainstormed about what makes a good shelter for an animal. We knew that they needed a space to sleep, stay warm, hide from dangerous things like predators (or rambunctious children) and maybe even a place … 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

Whoooooo’s Missing?!

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by Katee Today we played one of our favorite games at circle time- “Who’s Missing”.  One child leaves the room while we choose another to hide, usually under a blanket, in the middle of the circle.  The rest of the circle has the difficult task of being “the secret keepers” as the first child returns and has to guess “Whoooooo’s … Read More

Ramps and Marble Runs

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By Kerry After practicing with levers for many weeks, the children recently started using these items more and more as ramps rather than as a means to pry or pull. They were using long wooden planks outside to do things like climb into the window of the playhouse or roll a heavy, water-filled dump truck up to the birdbath. They … 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

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

Our Skeletal Study

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By Kerry The classroom is filled with ideas about self right now, with all of the children working on their self portraits. They have been working on noticing the similarities and differences in each others faces whether it be eye color, nose shape or hair style. The reflection hasn’t stopped at their external selves though. We have been thinking and … Read More

What is a shadow?

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      by Katee We have been playing so much with light, shadow, prisms, and color lately that I thought it was time to pose a project-work question to our young colleagues: What is a shadow?  We passed around flashlights to explore while we thought about this phenomenon and a couple children shared their observations and theories with the group. … Read More