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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 [...]

Community Is…

“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” - Henry Ford By Kelsie Castro A few months ago in the Olive room we asked our group of children what they thought community meant. At first there was silence as the children looked around at each other. This was a big [...]

Nailed It!

By Alexis Masingill Harry could often be found walking around the classroom carrying a large unit block and making motor sounds. I would ask him, “What are you doing?” He would reply with a shrug. But one day, he looked at me and said, “It’s a chainsaw.” The Seedling teachers discussed the need for a [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

“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 [...]