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Children Are Competent

03.21.2019 Hello dear Roots families- We hope your week has gone well! This week in the Roots room, the Dots have continued to explore and create with clay. Their skill set has began to advance and they have started to gain more confidence in their creations. We have noticed that the Dots have begun to

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Introducing Clay & Balancing

03.14.2019 Dear Roots family and friends- Hello! This week in the Roots room, the Dots were introduced to clay. It was so intriguing to see them explore with this natural material. They rolled it out with their arms and palms, pounded it and squished the clay flat with their fists, picked and squeezed the clay

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Transformation & Building

03.01.2019 Hello dear Roots families and friends! Building and transformation were two ventures that the Roots showed a lot of interest in this week. We noticed that the Roots were integrating both horizontal and vertical building when fabricating their structures. They also used loose parts/materials as well as constructed buildings where a lot of balancing

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Airplane Trip + Wash/Rinse/Dry

02.22.2019 Hello dear Roots families! Some people may ask, “How is a child learning when engaged in transformation play?” Transformation play in children has many positive benefits. Transformation play assists in children building strong relationships with others, fosters communication, helps children see situations through a variety of perspectives, brings out different emotions in children, encourages problem

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Transformation & Friendship Day

02.15.2019 Hello dear Roots families- Children are not things meant to be molded, but people to be unfolded. -J.L.   Open ended materials such as PVC pipes, string, tires, craft sticks, coffee filters, fabrics, etc., are excellent tools and materials for children to utilize in their play. They bring endless opportunities and can transform into

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trans·for·ma·tion

02. 08. 2019 What exactly is transformation? According to a quick online definition, transformation is as follows- trans·for·ma·tion   [ˌtran(t)sfərˈmāSH(ə)n] NOUN 1. a thorough or dramatic change in form or appearance. “its landscape has undergone a radical transformation” synonyms: change · alteration · modification · variation · conversion · revision · amendment · metamorphosis ·

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“We are rowing out of hot lava!’

02.01.2019 Dear Roots families- Happy February 1 and welcome to the Roots room Estafania, Jack, and Mizuki! The Roots have continued to show great interest in transformation; from fixing broken items with jackhammers, to building a forest, to creating a cake with spices. Each creation and transformation of character and materials is purposeful and is

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“It has wings and it could fly!”

01.25.2019 The Roots have been intrigued with transforming; from using their imaginations to construct structures, transforming into different people, reconstructing the world around them to fit their vision, to story telling. While story telling, the students are transforming themselves and trying/seeing different perspectives in a variety of ways. There’s a dot in our class, Zachary, who is

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Building and Storytelling

01.18.2019 Hello dear Roots families- This week in the Roots room, we observed similar interests as to last week- building and story telling. When looking through photos, we observed that some of the Roots were not just building vertically, but they were building out horizontally as well. To support this, we provided a flat box

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