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Apr
21

Sneak Peeks – How we’ve grown

You might remember that back in September we wrote about sneak peeks. We talked about them as a way to get to know one another, share stories and laugh together. Those pieces are still visible, but it is now April and sneak peeks have changed and grown some – just as we have.  Every Monday we still […]

By Marcy Berkowitz | Beginning
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Jan
31

Being Mommies and Daddies

A few weeks ago, during explore we offered spending time with the baby dragon-unicorn as an option. A group of girls chose this – L.B., V. D.-B., S.M. and J.L.. L.B. was very much in the lead, but they were all sitting around the baby with her holding it. They were feeding it with the […]

By Marcy Berkowitz | Beginning
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Dec
03

“It’s a Soup For Everyone!”

As the weather turns colder, our bellies and hearts remind us that we’ve got to work together to stay warm and loved inside and out!  Small groups of children have been scurrying around our beloved play spaces, preparing recipes of mud soups for our community. They’ve been collecting and gathering bits and pieces of natural […]

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Sep
25

Connections Through a Shared Experience

  “A journey is best measured in friends rather than miles.” –Tim Cahill      “I think this is our destination… Yes it is!” – shouted by Seba upon reaching the Upper Meadow last Thursday, our first hike together. When  we consider our “Dialog with Place” at Opal School we cannot forget our rich surrounding natural […]

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Feb
03

The role of questions

Unanswerable questions should be a source of comfort. They ensure that you will always have something to think about! But why do puzzlements provide satisfaction? Because they invite the most precious of human abilities to take wing. I speak of imagination, the neglected stepchild of American education. -Eliot Eisner   My Colorland has trees, birds, […]

By Kimie Fukuda | Beginning
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The Strategy Fairy

This post will offer a small window into what it looks like and sounds like in the preschool classroom with children ages 3.5 to 5 years to work with conflicts within the learning community.  For a bigger picture view, refer to Susan’s post on the Home page regarding Opal School’s pedagogy along with evidence from […]

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Looking, Noticing and Observing

This week we have been fine-tuning our science and math brains by paying attention to things all around us.  This has had us zooming out and paying attention to our surroundings (the museum and the arboretum), as well as zooming in and noticing things by looking closely. Today, we were surprised by the arrival of […]

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Thinking About Our Thinking- Metacognition

During Reader’s Workshop we are slowing down to think about our thinking, an important habit of mind known as metacognition.  We are asking the children to notice what their brain is doing when we are reading and listening to stories.  A particularly favorite story in our classroom, Will You Be My Friend, has given us […]

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The Wisdom of Children

Yesterday as we were transitioning from Explore Time to Outdoor Break, we read the book, “One”, by Kathryn Otoshi.  The story begins with Blue, who is a quiet color.  Hot-headed Red likes to pick on Blue.  The other colors see what is happening, but are afraid of Red, afraid to do anything, until “One” comes […]

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