With graduation just around the corner, there has been a lot of conversation about what will happen afterwards. For the summer, we all have different plans. Some will stay at Tulip Tree some will go on trips or be at home with their families. Today at circle we talked about what would happen after the summer, in the fall time. Many of the children will be moving on to kindergarten, some after being at Tulip Tree for 3 whole years. Some of the children will be staying at Tulip Tree, continuing on to be preschool experts and elders of our school. Change can be scary and we try to do everything we can to help ease the anxiety by giving them opportunities to discuss their feelings with us. We have had some (and will have more) alumni come visit and give their expert kindergarten advice, read books about kindergarten, and had lots of conversation. While there’s a lot about the unknown that is scary, it can also be very exciting and fun! Today at circle time, each child child focused on their excitement for the future as they placed their photo blocks one by one at the place they will be going to school in the fall.
Some children found out that they will be attending kindergarten with other children from Tulip Tree, some noticed they were the only child from Tulip Tree at their kindergarten. The children who are continuing at Tulip Tree in the fall, learned who they will be elders with next year. Whatever they learned, excitement seemed to be the feeling in air for everyone.