A Sprout’s Story of Reconnection

By Amber Norman The Sprouts as a collective group, have a deep interest in repurposing discarded loose parts and turning them into toys, functional art, and so much more. Our name for repurposing these items is, “Magic Trash.” The Sprouts community are also deep thinkers and have so many thoughts to share on any subject [...]

We Are Oaks

By Vanessa Sanchez The children expressed their intention from them moment their Oak room journey started. They wanted to connect with each other and the community outside of Little Owl’s walls. This intention guided the throughout the year in many ways.  The children wanted to bring harvester ants into the classroom. They raised coins to [...]

Team Olive Room

By Jovanna Ledesma At the beginning of the year, being the new kindergarten teacher, I felt nervous. I was asked to be the “P.E.teacher” for the new Kindergarten class in the Olive Room. I was excited; I had many different plans for the children. I set out games for the children that had them separated [...]

four heARTbeats

By Vanessa Sanchez What is it about me that attracts children with big emotions? Is it the energy I put off? The necessity to understand their feelings. Maybe, I am just a sensitive person. I gain fulfillment in helping children acquire skills that will help them work through challenging situations that cause big feelings. This [...]

Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Photographer

By Carroll Scott-McIntyre Earlier in the year I had introduced the Acorn room to photography. We used a Nikon camera and went out in front of Little Owl and took pictures. Each of them had taken around 30 pictures each just to get used to using a real camera. We revisited photography the last couple [...]

Squeeze the day…

By Alexis Masingill In November, the day after the election, I overheard a few Seedlings having a conversation about voting. The idea of only being able to choose one thing was interesting to hear them analyze. “You can only pick one?” Luke said with a sigh. “Yep, and then you get a sticker,” Will replied. [...]

A Journey Towards Self: Self-Portraits

By Amber Norman “The tool of every self portrait is the mirror. You see yourself in it, turn it the other way and you see the world.” -Agnes Varda Look closely into the mirror, what do you see? Look closer, what else do you see? Look even closer…. Creating a self-portrait is very personal process. [...]

Acorn Acrylic Canvas

By Carroll Scott-McIntyre The month of February was our time to focus on Acrylic, one of the hundred languages. As I introduced the paint, we talked about the differences between this medium and others. We focused a lot on how this paint doesn't wash off as easily as others and how we have to use special [...]

Triangle Discussion

By Amber Norman At morning meeting today, before I even mentioned any use of the instruments for the book, “Abiyoyo,” Nya said, “I want to use the triangle.” Instruments are typically used by our Sprouts community to sing along with the song in the story. When I picked up the instrument basket, right away, Massimo [...]

“Don’t Eat the Potato Greens”

Experiencing a Community of Carers By Bernadette Nicholas Last week, we found animal poop. It happens from time to time when critters leave little surprises for us to find. So, I removed it, then sprayed the area with a disinfectant. I mentioned to the children present that they needed to avoid the area while the [...]