Different and the Same: Mixing Our Skin Tones

By Bernadette Nicholas From early in the school year, skin tone has been a common topic of discussion in the Sprouts Room. Research shows that children notice physical differences, such as skin tone, starting from an early age. Not talking about it leaves children to make assumptions about why those differences exist, often basing their [...]

A Journey Towards Self: Self-Portraits

By Amber Norman “The tool of every self portrait is the mirror. You see yourself in it, turn it the other way and you see the world.” -Agnes Varda Look closely into the mirror, what do you see? Look closer, what else do you see? Look even closer…. Creating a self-portrait is very personal process. [...]

Acorn Acrylic Canvas

By Carroll Scott-McIntyre The month of February was our time to focus on Acrylic, one of the hundred languages. As I introduced the paint, we talked about the differences between this medium and others. We focused a lot on how this paint doesn't wash off as easily as others and how we have to use special [...]

Triangle Discussion

By Amber Norman At morning meeting today, before I even mentioned any use of the instruments for the book, “Abiyoyo,” Nya said, “I want to use the triangle.” Instruments are typically used by our Sprouts community to sing along with the song in the story. When I picked up the instrument basket, right away, Massimo [...]

“Don’t Eat the Potato Greens”

Experiencing a Community of Carers By Bernadette Nicholas Last week, we found animal poop. It happens from time to time when critters leave little surprises for us to find. So, I removed it, then sprayed the area with a disinfectant. I mentioned to the children present that they needed to avoid the area while the [...]

The Rock

By Vanessa Sanchez As the children applied their sunscreen, Bonnie noticed a rock in the middle of the sandpit and said, "Vanessa! There is a huge rock in the sand! That is not safe for us to play in. What if Cohen trips over it and falls?" The other children agreed with Bonnie. "We have [...]

A New Beginning

By Kelsie Castro A bird sitting in a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, because its trust is not in the branch, but in its wings.” - Unknown  A couple weeks ago as I walked out into the side yard next to our kindergarten classroom, a frantic voice caught my attention. Standing at the [...]

I Miss Them Part 2: Keep Our Notes Safe

By Vanessa Sanchez “We can make our own mailboxes!” exclaimed Grace. The Oak children made an agreement with each other to work together and build mailboxes for each classroom. Grace counted, “We need five mailboxes: Acorns, Seedlings, Oaks, Olives and, the Sprouts.” During morning meeting, the mailboxes were our main topic of discussion. Each child [...]

I Miss Them

By Vanessa Sanchez As the children started to slowly arrive for the first time back at Little Owl since the Stay at Home order was placed, they quickly took notice of the changes. Grace and Isabel wondered where the other Oak children were. They wondered who was coming back to Little Owl. Isabel said, “It’s [...]

A Place For Friends

By Bernadette Nicholas “What is the difference between a space and a place?” This was the first question with which I was confronted on a Saturday morning as I sat in a workshop discussing classroom design. It was a question to which I hadn’t given much thought previously, but in hearing the juxtaposition of “space” [...]