Preparing the Garden

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By Kerry It’s that time of year again! The final frost has passed, the weather is warmer and the sun is out nearly every day. In preparation for the major gardening that will be happening after spring break,  we all sat down and read a book called Princess Chamomile’s Garden, where we learned that Princess Chamomile had to draw a … Read More

Water Beads

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By Bee The last couple of days you may have heard your child mention water beads. We’ve been working with these wonderful creations this past week. The children, and staff, are absolutely enamored with them. This afternoon we laid the bin in the afternoon sunlight, and it was pure magic. Here are some images as well as the children’s reflections. … Read More

Project Pollution

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By Kerry The past month or so, the children have been diving in deep, exploring ways our actions affect the ocean ecosystem and ultimately our planet. In this particular experiment, the children tried first hand to undo some specific ways humans have polluted the ocean. We began with a clean ocean setting. We gathered plastics you may find or use … Read More

Traces of Wildlife

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By Kerry A few weeks ago, LS yelled out to the teachers on the yard to “Come look!” Normally this exclamation occurs when a child has found a new crop of mushrooms. a snail in the garden, or lately, bird poop. We teachers were pleasantly surprised to find something much more unique to our backyard habitat: an OWL PELLET!! After … Read More

Our Sensory Room Experience

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by Katee We have recently said goodbye to our sensory room installation that has been up since the beginning of this school year, and are transforming it into a more general atelier for different project work right now.  While it felt like it was time to move on with this space, I was also sad to see this particular installation … Read More

Asteroids!

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By Kerry After the recent time change we were all out of sorts for a week as we adjusted to our new sleep schedule and to less daylight for playing outside. But one good thing did come of the clocks moving back. We can now see the moon! While we are in school! We’ve been talking so such about space … Read More

New Mushrooms Every day

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By Katee “I’m in the Mushroom Fan Club!” – ER The children have been increasingly wanting to hunt for mushrooms outside lately, and we are lucky to have an abundance of fungus here in our yard with all of our trees, wet leaves, and stumps.  It’s like nature’s little treasure hunt and even the teachers really don’t know what we’re … Read More

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