Handle with Care

By Bernadette Nicholas At the beginning of our morning, a group of children were playing a game with the dinosaurs outside. Each child held a dinosaur in their hand as they ran away from one child who was holding a pterosaur. They ran back and forth along the side yard and ended in boxes as [...]

The Stuff of Childhood

By Sara Zacuto "Trust yourself, yes, but also trust children. They know what they need to do." ~Bev Bos

Self-Portraits

By Lilly Green

“When we invite children to create self-portraits, we offer them mirrors and encourage long, sustained study of their faces from [an] unfamiliar perspective. Then we ask them to re-create themselves on paper, weaving together the image that they see in the mirror with the person they experience themselves to be. Their portraits are eloquent statements of self.” ~Ann Pelo

The Power of Black and White

By Lilly Green

“Before launching into the full spectrum of color, stand at its edge with white and black, the beginning and the end. Black and white provide a frame though which we more clearly see and understand color. Side by side on paper, the contrast between black and white calls each more fully to life.”
~ Ann Pelo

Creativity is Limitless

by Kelsie Castro

“Children need the freedom to appreciate the infinite resources of their hands, their eyes and their ears, the resources of forms, materials, sounds and colors.” - Loris Malaguzzi

Finding Comfort In Conflict

By Kelsie Castro

“Those who have a strong sense of love and belonging have the courage to be imperfect.”

-Brene Brown

“This Is Me!”

By Chelsea Hepner

"The value of identity, of course, is that it so often comes with purpose.”

~Richard Grant

It’s A River Party!

by Eric Eyman

“Children need safe enough environments in which to play and explore, and they need free access to the tools, ideas, and people (including playmates) that can help them along their own chosen paths.”

~Peter Gray

Nurturework

By Sara Zacuto

“Children need to be loved as they are, and for who they are. When that happens, they can accept themselves as fundamentally good people, even when they screw up or fall short. And with this basic need met, they’re also freer to accept (and help) other people. Unconditional love, in short, is what children require in order to flourish.”

~Alfie Kohn

An Open Invitation

By Kelsie Castro

“There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun.”

~Pablo Picasso