I Miss Them Part 2: Keep Our Notes Safe

By Vanessa Sanchez “We can make our own mailboxes!” exclaimed Grace. The Oak children made an agreement with each other to work together and build mailboxes for each classroom. Grace counted, “We need five mailboxes: Acorns, Seedlings, Oaks, Olives and, the Sprouts.” During morning meeting, the mailboxes were our main topic of discussion. Each child [...]

I Miss Them

By Vanessa Sanchez As the children started to slowly arrive for the first time back at Little Owl since the Stay at Home order was placed, they quickly took notice of the changes. Grace and Isabel wondered where the other Oak children were. They wondered who was coming back to Little Owl. Isabel said, “It’s [...]

Nailed It… Part 2

By Alexis Masingill In the weeks following our real tools provocation, we experienced an explosion of interest in woodworking. The simple task of hammering nails into scrap wood, tree stumps, and other materails in and out of the classroom showed that there was a true investment in their time with these materials. I showed them [...]

“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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 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 Power That You Bring

By Kelsie Castro “Knowing others is intelligence. Knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.” - Lao Tzu Each year, especially as our children grow, we grapple with how to support the developing dynamics of different friend groups. With each new class of students we see new relationships develop, [...]

It’s Not Goodbye After All

By Sara Zacuto

"I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive."

~Joseph Campbell