Big Feelings- how we honor a child’s feelings

Big Feelings- how we honor a child’s feelings

Starting school brings on big waves of change, one of the biggest is dealing with new emotions.  We take patience in understanding why we feel how we do, as we work to build connections for our new community. We’ve seen big feelings so far this year! Feelings of joy. Of uncertainty and excitement. Of silliness […]

Children’s Rights- Beginning a Conversation

Children’s Rights- Beginning a Conversation

At Newtowne School we have begun a conversation about Children’s Rights. Thanks to those of you who participated in our classroom surveys this fall, when we asked you to think about your own childhood and how children inspire you. Your feedback and involvement allows us to continue our conversation. We aim to embrace this new […]

Newtowne Traditions: adding to our repertoire

Newtowne Traditions: adding to our repertoire

This week we began some new traditions for this school year.  Following traditions represent a critical piece of our culture. They help form the structure and foundation of our greater society. They remind us that we are part of a history that defines our past, they help shape who we are today and who we […]

Welcoming the Light

Welcoming the Light

Today we introduced the Light Atelier to our Extended Day children. We are observing a budding interest in Fairies, Fairy Houses and Secret Gardens while children are at play. The provocation to build in front of a lit magical woodlands scene was offered, as others created homes for tiny fairies in our nearby Workshop (Recycle […]

Projecting the Possibilities

Projecting the Possibilities

I recently had the privilege of traveling to Reggio Emilia, Italy and spent a day at the Loris Malaguzzi Centre.  At the Centre, a number of unique ateliers were staged for exploration of a variety of media. An incredible day full of such inspirations! The DIGITAL LANDSCAPE ATELIER offers space for investigating the possible encounters […]

Kindness, Defined

Kindness, Defined

We recently asked ourselves: How do we instill a sense of empowerment and ownership towards building a respectful community in our classroom?  How can we slow ourselves down enough to pass by each other with respect and consideration during our day?  One of the foremost goals that we have for the children in our care […]

Messing About with Light

Messing About with Light

There is something that draws us in about light. Regardless of what we know about light, how it arrives to us during our day, or the extent of our understanding of its science, the presence of light invites us to ignite our sense of wonder. The feeling of delight that we have as adults when […]

Saying goodbye.

Saying goodbye.

In case you haven’t heard, the two beautiful yellow wood trees that are in front of the church will be cut down Wednesday, at around 11 am. These trees were planted by famed botanist Asa Gray and have graced the front of the church for centuries. The church has made the decision to cut them […]