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

How many children does it take to lift a stump?

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by Mage Recently, LR discovered that he is strong enough to lift up most of the stumps in our backyard, independently. If you’re not familiar with our backyard stumps, the ground beneath them is a habitat of much exploration of various creatures, especially worms. The stumps are quite large and heavy, though somewhat lighter in the summer when they are … Read More

Documentation Party

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By Bee Last week was our culminating documentation party, and what an experience it was! They backyard was absolutely bustling. There was documentation on the house, on the fences, and also hanging from the trees. Adults were milling about conversing with one another and observing their children on the stools/beams. The children were talking about the photographs, munching away on … 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!

Blossoming Backyard Habitat

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By Katee We have been seeing so many crows gathering nesting supplies, squirrels nibbling camelias, bees buzzing in the bluebells, and even hearing baby birds chirping in our evergreen tree.  The children are already aware of the needs of a habitat- food, water, shelter, and a place to raise young. Kerry has talked about these needs for a variety of … Read More

Planting Party

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THANK YOU! Thank you to all the families who were able to come and help our school at the planting party!  We turned fresh soil into our beds, strung a new trellis, transplanted many plants, weeded beds, moved the old rabbit hutch to the curb, moved our nest to a new home, and introduced new worms to our worm bin! … Read More

Watching, Waiting

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by Katee Today at circle time Alisha talked about the changing of the seasons on our trees outside.  We have a beautiful view right from our circle rug of the many varied branches outside that encircle our yard.  So the children stared outside with Alisha as she narrated the changes we’ve seen this year. “Do you remember when school started … Read More

See You Later Amber!

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Today we say goodbye to our beloved teacher, Amber.  Well, at least we say, “see you later!” Amber may be leaving us as a full-time staff member that she has been for many years now, but we already have her on the calendar to substitute in a couple weeks, and parents are already taking advantage of her new babysitting availability, … Read More

How Some Old Wood Became a Highlight of the Week!

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By Kerry Every now and then a new material gets introduced to the playground. Since we’re at the end of winter and the kids have been spending more and more time inside, they needed something that was going to encourage some big movements during their shortened outdoor time. These large wooden planks did the trick. They were lifting, climbing, balancing, … 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