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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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
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."
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."
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.”
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.”
by Sara Zacuto
"Trust children. Nothing could be more simple, or more difficult. Difficult because to trust children we must learn to trust ourselves, and most of us were taught as children that we could not be trusted."
By Rebecca Sadler
“With children, it is the joint moments of delight that build the social brain."