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

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

Creating Agreements Around Tickling (A circle time video)

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by Alisha Lately a lot of the children have been really into tickling each other. Most of the time we have observed it being a very silly, consensual and fun time for both children involved. Other times, it can cause a bit of conflict. Tickling can be very confusing because even though it causes laughter, it may not always be … 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

Magnatile Conversation

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By Katee We have a few veteran Magnatilers in our classroom.  They are drawn to these incredible magnetic blocks and choose them at almost every opportunity.  As an adult, I want to roll my eyes when they ask to play with them again and again, and as a teacher I want to lure them to other things.  But this is … Read More

Clay Self

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by Alisha For the next couple of weeks we are going to be working on making self portraits out of clay. Today at circle we felt our faces– the parts that stick out, the parts that go in, the size and shape of each feature. We talked about how clay is different from pen and paper because you actually get … 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