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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 [...]

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 [...]