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  • 13 Aug

    Flexible Intention Part II of III

    Part II of our III blog series from Elinor Rifkin: The oldest children in our school, who are five, love to create and test complex obstacle courses on the lawn area.

  • 31 Jul

    Flexible Intention Part I of III

    I arrived at school, thinking of the flow of the day. I went to the resource room and stared at the shelves full of loose parts and art materials. My mind filled with questions: “ What material should we manipulate today?......

  • 26 Jun

    Fostering Spiritual Moments in Time by Deb Schein

    Spiritual moments sometimes happen by chance, but more often, they need to be created. Read our insightful guest blog from Deborah Schein, early childhood educator, author and professor.

  • 18 Jun

    Reggio Emilia and “The Environment as the Third Teacher”

    At Preschool of the Arts, a Reggio Emilia-inspired early childhood program in Madison, Wisconsin, we often speak of the environment as “a third teacher.” We know that parents or guardians are the child’s first teacher and that early childhood educators are often the next teaching adults to make an impact on a young child’s life.

  • 17 Jun

    Kodo’s Summer Virtual Book Club

    Summer's here! Time to unwind but expand our practice. Please join us for this summer book club- virtual style!

  • 08 Apr

    Reflections from The Kodo Classroom

    At the end of our parking lot here at Kodo headquarters, there’s a little yellow sign. It reads, ‘Sidewalk Ends’.  I drive past it daily and without fail, I smile as I recall a poem, drawing, or song created by Shel Silverstein. One of my favorites is “Invitation”. Invitation by Shel Silverstein If you are […]

  • 13 Mar

    Love for the Praying Mantis – A Life Science Experiment

    Growing up, I spent my summers outside hunting for tadpoles, finding bugs, and riding horses. With my love of nature, my first science experiment involved hatching praying mantises in the middle of winter. Prior to hatching them, I knew a few things about them: The local nursery had several that I could purchase to use […]

  • 09 Feb

    Introducing Simple Machines: Low-Tech Tools

    When we think of technology, tools, and machines, we often think in terms of computers and electric or gas powered machines. Many tools we use in everyday life are low-tech tools called simple machines. Humans have used simple machines for thousands of years! They allow humans to achieve tasks that would otherwise be impossible with […]

  • 25 Jan

    Color as Communication: Lightness and Darkness

    Color as Communication: Lightness and Darkness Winter weather is in full effect here in Colorado. We have days of heavy snow, followed by milder days where the skies are clear, sunny, and blue. Thinking back to teaching Pre-K, it was always interesting how the sun, or the lack of it, could have an impact on […]

  • 20 Dec

    Thinking Outside the (Gift) Box: Cultivating Community in the Classroom

    The holiday season is palpable in the classroom during this time of year. Joy, excitement, and wonder are felt leading up to winter break as children sense the change in routine. Children are often excited to share the new toys and materials they received as gifts. As educators, it can be a challenge to balance […]