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

Welcome, Kame-chan!

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by Alisha Today was the end of an era and the start of a new one! Our friend Tortuga Marina is no longer with us. Tortuga is a turtle who travels from child to child, exploring the the world through the eyes of each family. At the end of your child’s turn with Tortuga, a photo log is made in … Read More

Tea Time

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by Alisha Recently we have been learning a lot about tea. We have been learning about different herbs and plants to put in tea that help your body in different ways. We have been taste testing and charting the flavors. We are learning how to make tea with the three special ingredients- plants, hot water and time. We are learning … 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

Self Portrait Time!

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by Alisha This week we have been busy drawing self portraits. This is a project we do at the beginning and end of each year. The children get to be both the subject and artist of their work. The first goal of anti-bias education is “Each child will demonstrate self-awareness, confidence, family pride and positive social identity.” When we see … 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

Focused and Busy Together

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by Alisha This morning was one of those mornings that every teacher who is inspired by the schools of Reggio Emilia loves to be a part of.  This morning was alive with busy and focused children and teachers all working, exploring, inspiring and being inspired together.  I love to see our classroom start to grow and transform with the children’s … Read More