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Farewell…

In recent weeks, we’ve revisited photos and written narratives in preparation for the closing of our year.  With so many experiences both big and small, it’s hard to encapsulate the richness a short year together can

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“We made a city!”

When we last left off on the building and city thread, the children had just visited Saul Melman’s Best of All Possible Worlds sculpture (other wise known as The Doors) and each of them had done

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What do you do with a Problem?

A while back, we wondered how posing problems for the children to solve would reveal for us the children’s developing understanding of themselves and each other.  How could solving problems show us the kernels of empathy

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“Mommy…”

Reading the story If I were your Mother by Margaret Park Bridges, a young child wonders if her mother would like to be a little girl once again.  As the mother reminisces about snuggling once again

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Building by building…

When we began our work thinking about cities, we asked the children what they thought made up a city.  What do cities have or need? “Buildings” “Churches” “Apartments” “Giant buildings” “Windows” “Doors” What are cities but

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Thyra Heder

Before our Spring vacation week, we had another very engaging author visit. Thyra (pronounced Tee-ra) shared with us a story inspired from her own childhood of her turtle that she has had since she was 6

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“Sad but a little mad.”

As part of our work around understanding ourselves and others, we have started gathering with small groups with the intention of understanding feelings through stories and games.  But first, we just brainstorm… What do you know

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Going once, going twice….

For our post this week, we thought we’d tantalize you with a sneak peek at what your children have created for our auction tomorrow evening!   Leaves… Mapping… Shadows and String/ Sheila Pepe…

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“Was I faster than all the rest?”

On Thursday, we gathered on the rug to read Lynn Plourde and Greg Couch’s Spring’s Sprung before heading out in the woods for a nature walk.  In this story, the Spring sisters March, April, and May begin quarreling

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Problem Solving…

Last week, we formally visited the idea of problem solving.  Encountering chipmunks reluctant to leave the treasured “stick house” near Owl Tree, we wondered aloud with the children how might we help what might be a

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Signs of Spring in New England

This week’s warmer weather led to a shift in our play and curiosities.  The frozen icy tundra disappeared and in its place we discovered wood chips, mud, and epic puddles.  We relished in these discoveries and

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“Let’s take pictures!”

As a teaching team in our thinking around empathy, we continue to turn the children’s attention towards the other.  We decided to use a tool we find invaluable in capturing seeing more deeply.   Using photography

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