When Our Feelings Are Like Gasoline

By Kelsie Castro Emotions and the way our body feels when we are experiencing them, has been a big topic of discussion in both our classrooms this past year. With the younger children, just understanding their feelings and learning to acknowledge them is vital to creating that early foundation of emotional literacy. Through that foundation [...]

The Fabric of Our Lives…

By Alexis Masingill Creating spaces where children play without restrictions is often tricky for teachers. The children requested fabric to cover the lookout. A few teachers suggested that we use the fabric to create a few hammocks around the lookout. These created spaces that gave privacy, allowed new connections to form, and conversations to flow [...]

Simple As Egg

“Childhood means simplicity. Look at the world with the child’s eye- it is very beautiful.” ~Kailash Satyarthi By Julia Gondova Medeiros One day, I brought to my colleagues some of the traditional Slovak pastries that I had baked. This sparked a conversation between Chef Sean and me about different varieties of flour and the dough [...]

The Power of Playing and Struggle

By Milly Camaren Growing is about playing and struggling. When problems arrive, whether we solve them or not, is not the point. The magic of it is the struggle. The growth that conflict brings and the connections that children make in finding the solution, or just thinking and reflecting about cause and effect, matters. As [...]

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 [...]