Space & Face Parent Night!

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by Katee Last night was our first parent night of the year and we had so much fun playing with everyone who was able to attend.  Snacks were had, some curriculum was explained, and then parents got to go to the materials and explore for themselves. We explained that space has been a huge emergent curriculum in our classroom so … Read More

Animal Bath

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By Bee The children are resting. There are a few quiet moments before they begin to stir. I set up a provocation. Water has been a big hit lately, and with the temperature cooling outside, I decide to run it hot so that it is pleasantly warm by the time it is used. How to spice it up? One of … Read More

The Space Craze

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By Kerry Reading books about the moon, animals in space and what it takes to be a real astronaut have inspired questions and imaginative scenarios for the children to explore during play. They want to know everything about our solar system and the equipment and people that explore it. The classroom is packed to gills with different ways for the … Read More

Finding what’s Fallen

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by Katee Can you believe the first days of Fall are already behind us and tomorrow starts October?! As we’ve been talking about elements of a face and creating faces out of buttons and paper, bottle caps and rubber bands, we have also been looking at making faces out of natural elements.  Today we read the book , “Leaf Man” … Read More

Fire Drills and Shooting Stars

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By Bee Yesterday I spent some of my planning time refreshing our Studio space with Mage. The Studio presents a special sort of conundrum because it is where the children work after nap while there are still friends sleeping below them. Finding materials that are both engaging and quiet…that support inquiry without inviting full body play…well it is tricky with … 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!

Mushroom Town

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By Katee Maybe it started with a book, maybe it began with a sighting on the yard, but these children have been pretty excited about mushrooms lately.  So we gathered more books, and we sought out more sightings, and the excitement grew and grew.  And then one day, just about a week ago, we decided to grow our very own … Read More

Let the Planting Begin!

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By Kerry In the sunny days before Spring Break, the classroom started to buzz with excitement from the first signs of spring.  Plants all over the neighborhood were growing greener and flowers began to bloom everywhere we looked.  Peeking out on our garden beds, seeing dull, empty soil, inspired us to start planning the garden! We sat down and brainstormed … 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:

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