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 [...]

Clay’s Dynamic Qualities

By Amber Norman I would like to share a short story about a day in the Oak Room when clay was open for exploration. Now that it has been introduced to Oak Room children, this exceptional medium will be available most days. On this day, I noticed a group of children come to the clay [...]

Self-Portraits

By Lilly Green

“When we invite children to create self-portraits, we offer them mirrors and encourage long, sustained study of their faces from [an] unfamiliar perspective. Then we ask them to re-create themselves on paper, weaving together the image that they see in the mirror with the person they experience themselves to be. Their portraits are eloquent statements of self.” ~Ann Pelo

A Safe Place To Struggle

By Sara Zacuto

"Social relations are rewarding, but rarely easy. Young kids are making their first forays into friendship and just beginning to figure this out. Instead of forcing friendships, adults need to guide all kids in gaining better social skills."

~Heather Shumaker

Power Play

by Sara Zacuto

"Play is not a luxury but rather a crucial dynamic of healthy physical, intellectual, and social-emotional development at all age levels."

-David Elkind

It’s A River Party!

by Eric Eyman

“Children need safe enough environments in which to play and explore, and they need free access to the tools, ideas, and people (including playmates) that can help them along their own chosen paths.”

~Peter Gray

An Open Invitation

By Kelsie Castro

“There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun.”

~Pablo Picasso