The Dance of Toddler Relationships

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By Lauren: During my planning time, I have been reading the book “Extending the Dance in Infant and Toddler Caregiving” by Helen H. Raikes and Carolyn Pope Edwards. This book uses a beautiful metaphor to describe relationships during the early years of life, that relationships are a dance. “The rhythms of close relationships with parents, caregivers and teachers—back and forth, … Read More

Water our friends

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By I   Here, at Elm House, we have so many beautiful flowers blooming and plants growing! Sometimes it’s hard to remember all of our agreements about our garden and our living plant friends. Those flowers are just SO bright and big we need to grab them or pick them! I get it! Instead of saying “don’t grab the flowers” … Read More

“We painted with our feet today!”

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By Lauren: In a recent staff meeting, the teachers discussed process art versus product oriented art. In process art, the emphasis is placed upon the experience children have making the art rather than the final product. As we discussed process art, we brainstormed what art means to us. Ideas such as healing, self-reflection, intersection of the inner and outer world, … Read More

“You’re Safe!”

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By Bee As we move into the spring and summer months we enter a transitional period; some people are leaving our community, some people are joining a different portion of our community, and new people are joining us for the first time. The past three days FBA has been visiting us in the morning. If you see him around, please … 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!

Focus

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Yesterday we shared some of the self portraits that were done this week. I mentioned that the children’s focus and attention was amazing to see. I wanted to share some photos with you of the kids creating their self portraits and let you see for yourself!

“Friends Help”

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The Nestlings and I are in the cubby room. We have just come inside and are taking off our gear so that we can go downstairs for lunch. This is always a busy bustling time as we are trying to move quickly to make room for the next cohort who will need to take off their shoes/sweaters. I take a … Read More

Final Self Portraits

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by Alisha This week has been very busy already! With everything that has happened so far, it’s hard to believe it’s only Tuesday! We have been working on graduation, planning and planting the garden, celebrating a birthday, spending lots of time outside in the beautiful sunshine, reading books, growing more mushrooms, playing “babies”, labeling plants in our indoor and outdoor … Read More

Planting Party!

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By Lauren A big THANK YOU to all our families who joined us for our planting party this past Saturday. What started as a dreary wet morning turned into a beautiful day of community! We planted petunias, rainbow chard, more kale and many other goodies in our gardens. We also cleared out dead plants, did some raking and cleaned out … Read More