Kindergarten Wellness Guides

By Amber Norman One of my most influential teachers in life once told me, “If you want to know the depths of something, teach it.” This piece of advice has stuck with me since. One of the ultimate goals I have created while working with children in the Wellness program, is to eventually invite them [...]

How Do You See Yourself?

By Vanessa Sanchez During planned possibilities, I observed a child in our art studio, expressing his feelings to Rebecca. He was reflecting on his behavior from the past year. He mentioned how that has affected his friendships at the beginning of this school year. The more I listened to him and watched his facial expressions, [...]

Creating Theater

By Rebecca Sadler Watching children in dramatic play as an educator is one of my favorite ways to understand and learn from children. When I observe, I'm trying to notice: What roles do they choose? How do they use their imagination? What emotions come up? Most importantly, what do these stories tell me about who [...]

Weathering The Storm

By Kelsie Castro “And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow.” - Gilbert K. Chesterton I stood at the top of the lookout watching as the sprinkling of rain we had been playing in started to become a shower. What we thought would [...]

An Apple a Day, Keeps the Child Engaged, and Develops A Community

By Alexis Masingill One day during snack, a few children were commenting that they really like apples, but the ones that were being served to them were too sour. I asked them what kind of apples they wanted. One group said, "the red ones." Another group replied they liked sweet ones. Then I inquired if [...]

The Gift of a Child

By Kaileigh Reed As we gathered around the lunch table, I noticed something take place regularly. The teachers would notion Cameran to pour herself milk. She looked up with her blank stare and tears in her eyes, repeating, “I need my mom.” In some moments, tears were her only response. As the children around Cameran [...]

Storytelling

By Linda Wilson “Stories build bridges. When the story ends and the teller’s voice is silenced, the bridge between teller and listener remains.” - Elaine Blanchard This week I introduced our kindergarteners to one of my favorite storytellers and authors, Patricia Polacco. I’ve treasured her powerful family stories and been lost in her mesmerizing illustrations. [...]

An Ant on a Hill: A Lesson on Storytelling

By Bernadette Nicholas Recently, the Oak Room was overcome with bugs! Not real ones, but thanks to the many spiders and “milkweed beetles” previously spotted around the backyard, children have shown a renewed interest in insects. To explore that interest, children were invited to create bug habitats with different mediums. On this day, a bug [...]

The Struggle Is Real

By Carroll Scott-McIntyre This year was our first year at Little Owl, where there was a classroom of only 2 ½- 3-year-old children. I was so excited to work with this age group again; It had been a few years. At our in-service week, our Acorn classroom discussed in detail our expectations and intention for [...]

A Fine Line Between Art and Math

By Kelsie Castro “Lines really are in everything.” – Lillian, Age 5 “Every true artist has been inspired more by the beauty of lines and color and the relationships between them than by the concrete subject of the picture.” - Piet Mondrian Last year, one of our children’s biggest interests was drawing. They would use [...]