A Fine Line Between Art and Math

By Kelsie Castro “Lines really are in everything.” – Lillian, Age 5 “Every true artist has been inspired more by the beauty of lines and color and the relationships between them than by the concrete subject of the picture.” - Piet Mondrian Last year, one of our children’s biggest interests was drawing. They would use [...]

“I Can’t Believe We Measured a Whole Blue Whale!”

By Eric Eyman Last year, many of the Olive Room children developed a deep appreciation for marine life. Because of this interest, several meaningful connections formed between children. They often enjoyed drawing sea creatures and researching them. They created watercolor paintings of seashells and coral; a large canvas painting of their favorite deep-sea dwellers; and [...]

A Natural Path to Learning

By Kelsie Castro “Life itself is your teacher, and you are in a state of constant learning.” - Bruce Lee Sitting in the backyard after lunch, I was intrigued by a voice that called to me from inside our tunnel.  “Hey, Kelsie! We are going to collect berries and count them!”  Looking over, I noticed [...]

“It’s a cycle”

By Shannon Weaver When Hazel added that phrase in conversation to our provocation, it was a ta-dah moment! “Yes, exactly!” All the children in the small group nodded, Jonathan added, “It’s called a life cycle.” Once again, “YES!” This fall, when the children returned to school, our sunflower plants had finished growing. The yellow petals [...]