See You Later Amber!

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Today we say goodbye to our beloved teacher, Amber.  Well, at least we say, “see you later!” Amber may be leaving us as a full-time staff member that she has been for many years now, but we already have her on the calendar to substitute in a couple weeks, and parents are already taking advantage of her new babysitting availability, … 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:

Love Day!

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by Alisha We love love!  We had a very busy valentines morning full of excited, loving energy. We’ve been exploring what “love” means. What is it? How does your body feel when you are loving? What does it look like? How do you show love? At circle time we got a note in a special envelope that said, “Tulip Tree, I … Read More

Jump Up Transformation Tunnel

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by Alisha We often get questions from parents about “The Jump Up Song.”  It is a song we sing every day to excuse children from our lunch circle to wash hands for lunch. If you want to know more about what the song is, you can read this blog I made a couple  years ago with the lyrics! For the … 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

Noticing, Wondering, Hypothesizing

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Katee: I got this interesting gift from my dad to bring to school. What do you notice about it?? Unknown: There’s a bush in there. DB: There’s magic in there that it can get smaller when it goes through the middle and then turn bigger at the other end! Katee: It does look pretty big. EB: I think it could … 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