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

Kulakoops and Monkey Babies

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By Bee Right before our break I put up some artwork by Brian Froud that depicts different faeries and pixies. I wondered what the children would think of them. The following is a transcription of a conversation they provoked.   Im seeing some signs of things that aren’t real. They might be kind of scary, but might be kinda not. … Read More

To Tulip Tree We Go

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By Bee You may have recently heard your child talking about taking a trip to Tulip Tree, and if not, my guess is that you will soon! For awhile our stroller was out of commission because we were unable to unlock it from the fence. The stroller was recently liberated and the children were overjoyed to hear the news Monday … Read More

“You’re Safe!”

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By Bee As we move into the spring and summer months we enter a transitional period; some people are leaving our community, some people are joining a different portion of our community, and new people are joining us for the first time. The past three days FBA has been visiting us in the morning. If you see him around, please … Read More

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

Not a single moment was wasted.

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By Bee The morning air feels still and thick. The birds are quiet and I can’t hear any cars. The children move through the yard slowly, each meandering towards a different corner. I notice wet chalk by the stumps and wonder if the children will use it to create paint. MC calls me over to one of our gardens. He … Read More

Why we are boycotting Dr. Seuss

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By Mage In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist. -Angela Davis Last week during one of the planning periods that we have together, Bee was telling me and Megan about how she had been reading on the author and artist Theodor Giesel, aka Dr. Seuss, and his early racist literature. She showed … Read More

When the Leopard Sings

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By Bee One morning, I entered the nest with a group of children and FD asked me, “Bee, who is going to sing to us today?” As it was Wednesday, I was sure that FD was referring to music time with Ms. Heidi, but had simply gotten the words “who” and “what” mixed up. I answered her question without correcting … Read More

The walls of the classroom as our canvas

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By Mage This morning was unexpectedly rainy, and some of our children have been recovering from illness. We decided to hang out inside. Recently, Bee showed us an example of another school’s art studio, where the children had painted on paper stretched across the wall. We all thought this would be a great activity for our children at some point … Read More