Category Archives: early childhood

In The Classroom: A Note From 1st Grade

In what has seemed like a snapshot in time, the first grade year has come to an end. We are finalizing our play, ” The Nixie in the Mill Pond.” The children are so excited about their upcoming performance! We have reflected on the full year, and to hear all the enjoyable moments they have […]

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Picture of The Week: Sunflower Garden Graduates

(click on image to view larger) Today the Sunflower Garden Early Childhood class celebrated the students who will be going to the First Grade in the fall.  Each child holds a puppet that they sewed for the puppet show they performed for their classmates and parents as part of the festivities.  These students will share a […]

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Sunflower Garden News: Friday May 29, 2009

Dear Families, Next week concludes our time together. Please make sure to double check your child’s bag and belongings going home. If you can send in a paper shopping bag on Monday or Tuesday, that will help us with our packing. There will be laundry needs and ironing projects sent home for summer cleaning. Let […]

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Sunflower Garden News * May 22, 2009

Dear Families, Miss Nicole and I are continuing the marionette puppet show of “Queen Bee” we shared at the May Faire. If you missed it that day, know that your child will have several opportunities to receive this story. I know some were unable to enter once the story was begun at the faire, and […]

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Picture of The Week: May Faire

(click image to view larger) Early Childhood Teacher Donna Brooks and Teacher’s Assistant Nicole Griffith perform the May Faire puppet show in the Sunflower Garden classroom. The beautiful story was featured twice during the event and was enjoyed by both children and parents alike.

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Sunflower Garden News * Saturday, May 16, 2009

Dear Families, We celebrated another student’s sixth birthday on Thursday. Such celebration. We now have six six year- olds in our classroom! These six year-olds are working on their puppets for our story we’ll share at the Kindergarten Ceremony of June 3. They are focused on this work and then love to fly away and play! In […]

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On The Web: Kindergarten Cram (NY Times)

Thank you to Claudia for finding this week’s link to a NY Times article about homework cramming at Kindergarten. It mentions a study of New York and Los Angeles kindergartens spending 2-3 hours per day on math/reading instruction and testing. How different our Waldorf kindergarten is… Comments are open!  Please share your thoughts on the […]

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Sunflower Garden News * May 8, 2009

 Dear Sunflower Garden Families,  I’ve concluded the telling of Three Billy Goats Gruff. We enjoyed telling it sitting in a circle on the floor and moving the goats around our circle until each reached the hillside. We also told it outside in the Memorial Garden, where children acted out the story. They put up a […]

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Charter for Children's Play

Charter for Children’s Play Children play best: When adults are watchful but not intrusive, when safe ground lends courage to their discoveries and adventures. When their trust in life is whole, when they welcome the unknown, and are fearless. When the world is shared with them.  When there are places and spaces they can make […]

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Sunflower Garden News * May 1, 2009

Dear Sunflower Garden Families, Today Ms. Griffith brought in branches of snowy May for May Day! We danced with them around our circle singing songs we’ll sing while dancing around the May Pole on May 16. We visited classrooms and delivered a branch of snowy May to the teachers while we sang “Here’s a branch […]

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