Watching, Waiting

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by Katee Today at circle time Alisha talked about the changing of the seasons on our trees outside.  We have a beautiful view right from our circle rug of the many varied branches outside that encircle our yard.  So the children stared outside with Alisha as she narrated the changes we’ve seen this year. “Do you remember when school started … Read More

How Some Old Wood Became a Highlight of the Week!

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By Kerry Every now and then a new material gets introduced to the playground. Since we’re at the end of winter and the kids have been spending more and more time inside, they needed something that was going to encourage some big movements during their shortened outdoor time. These large wooden planks did the trick. They were lifting, climbing, balancing, … 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:

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

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

Playing with Simple Machines

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By Kerry We began talking informally about simple machines when the children were using an assortment of levers to remove some golf tees stuck in a cardboard box. Lately, simple machines are showing up in play more and more often! LG and SM built a lever and tried to launch some balls across the yard then started using it to lift each … Read More

In Defense of Magic

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by Katee “Above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” – Roald Dahl A funny thing happened last week that’s got me thinking a lot about magic in childhood.  Of course, children see magic everywhere.  … 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

Welcome Back Heidi!

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by Katee Today we warmly welcomed back our magical friend Heidi to play, and sing, and dance with us!  Heidi was so excited to see our new space, to see familiar faces, to see the Elm House faces in the new space, and she immediately picked out our new friend to meet. The children were so happy.  It is so … Read More