Working on our Skills

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By Laurie Our magical week of sun last week seemed to bring out of the shadows much of the new learning and skills showing up around Elm House. With the sunny weather, kiddos were eager to get outside, dig in the sandbox, dip their hands (and all sorts of other things!) in the water table, run and shout and jump … Read More

Talking about Taking Turns

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By Laurie The concept of turn taking has been something we have been working on with special focus, especially since the word “mine!” started sweeping through Elm House and subsequent grabbing and pushing in regards to toys. The following is a conversation between myself and some of our older children, who worked together to set up an imaginary firefighter game. … Read More

“My Anger Lives in a Bear Cave”

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by Katee Today we played in the clay again- during morning free time and also with a small group during choice time.  I asked the children to think about anger and construct anger monsters in this new medium.  As usual, I started with a small plan and tried to follow the children in their own amazing direction.  SM provoked everyone … Read More

Rest Time Agreements

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By Nora Agreements are an important part of our spaces at Tulip Tree. For many parts of our classroom and times of the day we establish agreements along with the children about how to be safe and respectful. However, I do sometimes catch myself referencing agreements and then realize that we have not explicitly made agreements for everything. At rest … Read More

Gender

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By Jackie   Lately, I have been noticing how children are drawn to some gender specific/stereotypical toys, like boys to trucks, big machines or fighting games; and girls to dolls, stuffed animals, or anything that’s soft and pink. Yesterday, a video about gender stereotyped toys pop up in my Facebook feed(attached at the end of this post). It motivated me … Read More

Heidi Time

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By Katee     Today Heidi came after a hiatus last week with our Wednesday late start.  She began with the usual greeting song the children all know and love so well and then went into “blow the balloon”.  In this little ditty you blow the balloon (and blow and blow and blow and blow and blow) until it pops … Read More

Hibernation Hunters

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by Katee Yesterday some of us ventured out of the gates of school and walked the neighborhood in search of squirrel nests.  There is more than one nest visible from our yard and we went exploring to find more.  I told them that when all the leaves leave the trees, we can better see the nests the squirrels build- they … Read More

Fire Drill

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By Katee Last week we had a fire drill.  This is a necessary practice that can sometimes be a little scary to do with these vivid imaginations among us. We always emphasize that there is not going to be a real fire today and that it is just extra safe to practice these things so everyone has the tools they … Read More

Drawing as a way of communication

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By Jackie                           Art plays such a big part in early childhood classrooms. And I am always looking for ways to incorporate art into teaching. I started asking our friends what did they make after they are done drawing. I saw it as a way for me to … Read More

Taking Care of Alisha

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by Katee As many of you know, Alisha had knee surgery over the winter break following a volleyball injury that happened this fall.  Alisha is back at school although she is still very much healing.  She has tools to help her- a crutch (or crotch, or critch, or grinch, depending on which student you ask), she has ice packs, medicine, … Read More