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” [...]

Nailed It… Part 2

By Alexis Masingill In the weeks following our real tools provocation, we experienced an explosion of interest in woodworking. The simple task of hammering nails into scrap wood, tree stumps, and other materails in and out of the classroom showed that there was a true investment in their time with these materials. I showed them [...]

“When a connection is real…”

By Alexis Masingill When I started at Little Owl, I was so excited and nervous about making a good impression with the teachers and families. Carroll and I were already friends, so that was helpful. But making new connections is hard when you come into a group that has already been acclimated. I remember meeting [...]

Becoming A Teacher

By Kaileigh Reed I have been letting my mind wander during these quarantine days. My wanderings have led me to ponder this question:  What is a teacher? Or, more accurately, who is a teacher? Right away, some adjectives flood my mind like, kind, patient, emphatic, flexible, versatile. But is a teacher just a list of [...]

What Really Matters?

By Kelsie Castro "Our emotions need to be as educated as our intellect. It is important to know how to feel, how to respond, and how to let life in so that it can touch you."- Jim Rohn It's no secret that the end of this school year looks vastly different than what many of us [...]

Not on Her Watch: Fostering a Leader’s Heart

By Bernadette Nicholas On a sunny afternoon, shortly before our winter break, I walked over to Azelie as she worked near the rosemary bushes, curious about what she was working on. I wondered about the small piles of sand I saw, on top of which Azelie was carefully arranging pieces of rosemary she had picked [...]

My Thought On Clay

By Darryl Redick When working with young children, I wanted to help them appreciate and use their resources to communicate with the world. Their resources are their hands, feet, eyes, and voice. I wanted them to be able to use materials to express what is inside their hearts and minds; I wanted them to strive [...]