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Slow Down and Connect

By Rebecca Sadler Part of our classroom philosophy is slowing down. Whether it is our curriculum or our bodies, being mindful of what we are doing is very important. Through the connections we make during the day we can grow, but we need time to honor them. This mindfulness of slowing down and really taking [...]

Children Are Capable

By Matt Emmons Children are all on their own path. Whatever path they are on, or wherever they are in their journey, children do what they can with what they have. The knowledge or skills they have are acquired, and they have learned to use them in ways that work for them. As adults, we [...]

Seasonally Speaking: Cherimoya

By Sean Forsha For me, one of the most enjoyable parts of writing these Seasonally Speaking columns is doing the research. I love falling helplessly into the rabbit holes of information only to resurface hours later with little shining nuggets of trivial knowledge. Such was my recent experience while looking into cherimoya, an exotic, tropical [...]

The Rhythm of Life

By Alexis Masingill Rhythm-Rhythm generally means a "movement marked by the regulated succession of strong and weak elements, or of opposite or different conditions" (Anon. 1971) One of the elements that I wanted to bring to this special place was the gift of drumming. The intent of bringing in a few hand drums from my [...]

A Portrait of Self Through A Name

By Carroll Scott  “Names have a mysterious transforming power. Like a ring on a finger, a name may at first seem merely accidental, committing you to nothing; but before you realize its magical power, it’s gotten under your skin, become part of you and your destiny.” -Stefan Zweig  I wanted to look at a new [...]

What Is That Food?

By Julia Gondova Medeiros “Children are born with all the curiosity they will ever need. It will last a lifetime if they are fed upon a daily diet of ideas” ~ Charlotte Mason Long Beach is a city where children may often ask that question. Southern California has more various cultural food choices than many [...]

Taking A Breath

By Kelsie Castro “Whenever you are in doubt, it is best to pause. Few things are so pressing that they cannot wait for a moment of breath.”- TKV Desikachar A few weeks ago I decided to re-introduce our Olive Room children to yoga. Being someone who regularly does yoga on my own, I was excited [...]