What is a provocation?

For a long time I struggled with understanding the place and power of provocations.  A few years ago I had a huge ah-ha moment.  I am in an inquiry.  I am a researcher.   With each provocation – new understandings emerge.   I love that it is a process of learning for both myself and the […]

Firstie Friday ~ Sight Word Tic Tac Toe

It is so strange to me that I have a first grader. When I taught first grade, my students seemed so big! Now that I have a first grader of my own, I can hardly believe how small they really were. My kiddo struggles with sight words so I have searched high and low for […]

Toddler Tales: Outdoor Clay Play

Now that I’m not in the classroom, I get to spend a lot of time doing fun activities with my kiddos. I have a 20 month old and a 6 year old who still love doing fun activities with me so I try to take advantage of it every chance we get. I thought it […]

Birthday Rocks

Celebrating birthdays with classroom traditions is an important component in setting up my class community. Each child’s birthday is celebrated exactly the same — and it is deeply meaningful. I am amazed at the comfort the children take in the sameness of the tradition. There is no competition. The sameness allows the class to bring […]

Mother’s Day Masterpiece!

When searching for Mother’s Day gift ideas this year, I came across two ideas that I really liked and decided to combine them. This created a 3 step art project that yielded a masterpiece of a gift. Step One: The painting I decided to try a new technique for the canvas  painting. While browsing Pinterest, […]

Loose Parts: Construction (LP Master Checklist PDF)

This week I was reviewing The Art of Loose Parts Master Workshop and  had to share some of the amazing loose parts.   Most of these can be had for a very economical price or free! The best loose parts or repurposed materials.   Construction sites and companies, ReStore (Habitat for Humanity), junk stores, asking the families […]