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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

“It’s a cycle”

By Shannon Weaver When Hazel added that phrase in conversation to our provocation, it was a ta-dah moment! “Yes, exactly!” All the children in the small group nodded, Jonathan added, “It’s called a life cycle.” Once again, “YES!” This fall, when the children returned to school, our sunflower plants had finished growing. The yellow petals [...]

Wellness

By Amber Norman As the Fall program at Little Owl is settling in, the children have been joining me for our first yoga and wellness groups. The Wellness program is in its beginning stages, and already I’m seeing the benefits and excitement from the children over it. The Wellness program offers yoga, meditation, dance, movement, [...]

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 [...]