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 [...]

“I Can’t Believe We Measured a Whole Blue Whale!”

By Eric Eyman Last year, many of the Olive Room children developed a deep appreciation for marine life. Because of this interest, several meaningful connections formed between children. They often enjoyed drawing sea creatures and researching them. They created watercolor paintings of seashells and coral; a large canvas painting of their favorite deep-sea dwellers; and [...]

Discovering Art Through Community Collaboration

By Carroll Scott-McIntyre Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.- Pablo Picasso One of my favorite forms of artistic expression is a collage. Through my first few years at Little Owl, it has been my favorite thing to do with the children. This year, being [...]

A Natural Path to Learning

By Kelsie Castro “Life itself is your teacher, and you are in a state of constant learning.” - Bruce Lee Sitting in the backyard after lunch, I was intrigued by a voice that called to me from inside our tunnel.  “Hey, Kelsie! We are going to collect berries and count them!”  Looking over, I noticed [...]