Wildflower Atelier

A school needs to be place for all children, not based on the idea that they are all the same, but that they are all different. ~Loris Malaguzzi

Wildflower Atelier welcomes you and your family to our community. We strongly believe that all children are capable, passionate, and creative thinkers who are always constructing their own ideas about the world around them. We view education as a process of learning and not a product that is achieved. We strive to create an environment that supports creativity, cooperation, critical thinking skill

Operating as usual

Photos from Wildflower Atelier's post 03/24/2022

We’ve been busy working on a fun new sewing project here at Wildflower!

It started as one child’s idea, but has grown to where almost the entire group of children would like to make something as well.

With a quick little tutorial, the children have really taken off with this new skill.

Is it easy?! Nope! Does the needle fall off a lot when they first start? YUP!

Some children have asked for “guide dots” so they can have a better visual for how close the stitches should be to avoid stuffing coming out, and some children prefer to just wing it.

We can’t wait to see their ideas come to fruition!

Photos from Wildflower Atelier's post 02/17/2022

Any guesses on what we are making today?

04/20/2021

Today we got to watch a praying mantis egg hatch!

It was a super cool experience!

Photos from Wildflower Atelier's post 02/24/2021

Sometimes it’s really important to share strategies.

As adults, we sometimes take for granted the strategies we use to help us be more successful in our daily lives.

For example, a child was really wanting to create a Star Wars logo out of legos. He kept trying and trying to figure out how he was going to make it happen. He started grunting and groaning and was getting really frustrated.

I waited.

He finally growled out loud with frustration.

Me: “You sound really frustrated.”

Him: “I am! I am really frustrated! I am trying to make a Star Wars logo with these legos but my brain keeps forgetting what it looks like when I go to build it. My brain can’t remember the picture and build it at the same time. And I don’t know how to make this work.”

Me: “ That does sound tricky! Sometimes when my brain has a hard time remembering something while I am building, I try and write it down or I draw it. Would you like to draw the Star Wars logo on a piece of paper? That way your brain can work on one part at a time?”

And now we have a lego Star Wars logo for our “millennium falcon” space ship in the yard.

Are there other strategies that you do regularly that you never thought about sharing with another person?

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02/05/2021

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12/10/2020

Children and adults need their cups filled.

What are some things you do for yourself to fill up your own emotional cup?

What are some things you enjoy doing to fill your child’s love bucket?

Timeline photos 11/16/2020

This!!! So much this!

As early as possible, I teach children the word Sorry has little or no value.

It is not the "get out of trouble" card,
It does not absolve all wrongs.
It is not an amnesia-inducing word.
It can not make difficult situations go away.

It can not be used to distract from ill intent, loss of control, or bad judgment.

Instead of saying sorry, I expect two responses to two questions:

Which part do you think I have a problem with?
What can you differently next time?

When used improperly, sorry is a means to avoid or end the conflict quickly. It is the speediest way out of an uncomfortable situation. It requires little reflection. No one truly grows. Answering the two questions requires self-awareness, reflection, and perspective-taking. This conversation allows for maturity and responsibility to occur. The mistake leads to an authentic dialogue between two parties.

So stop letting 'sorry' take the blame. Have your child step up to acknowledge misbehavior and commit to a new strategy moving forward.

For younger children or less socially mature children, I tweak the coaching a bit.

If the child says Sorry as a reflex I point out what didn't work and ask them to try again with a new strategy.

Me: You pushed him to get the car.

Me: (To the child who pushed) I am going to hand it back to him and ask you to try again. He might say yes, no, or maybe later.

Me: (Child who was pushed). Remember, no one can push you to get something away. Hold on tight to the object and say no or call me for help. You do not have to give up your turn because someone scared you or hurt you. I will always help. When he does ask for it you can say no, yes, or maybe later. That is your choice to make.

Leave me an emoji or thought. Was this helpful?

PS There is a time and place for sorry, but it should be used in a thoughtful and reflective way.

Timeline photos 11/06/2020

ᴡʜᴀᴛ ɪꜱ ꜱᴍᴀʟʟ ᴡᴏʀʟᴅ ᴘʟᴀʏ? ᴡʜᴀᴛ ᴀʀᴇ ᴛʜᴇ ʙᴇɴᴇꜰɪᴛꜱ ᴏꜰ ᴘʀᴏᴠɪᴅɪɴɢ ᴛʜᴇꜱᴇ ᴘʟᴀʏ ᴇxᴘᴇʀɪᴇɴᴄᴇꜱ? ᴀɴᴅ ʜᴏᴡ ᴄᴀɴ ʏᴏᴜ ɪɴᴛʀᴏᴅᴜᴄᴇ ᴛʜᴇꜱᴇ ᴇxᴘᴇʀɪᴇɴᴄᴇꜱ ᴛᴏ ʏᴏᴜʀ ᴄʜɪʟᴅ?

ᴡʜᴀᴛ ɪꜱ ꜱᴍᴀʟʟ ᴡᴏʀʟᴅ ᴘʟᴀʏ?

Small world play is providing opportunities for your child to act out scenarios and scenes from real life, stories, and/or their imagination in a miniature play scene.

They can be created with various small figures and objects. You can use anything from your own home, nature, recyclables, and your child’s own existing toy collection. The possibilities are endless.

ᴡʜᴀᴛ ᴀʀᴇ ᴛʜᴇ ʙᴇɴᴇꜰɪᴛꜱ ᴏꜰ ᴘʀᴏᴠɪᴅɪɴɢ ᴛʜᴇꜱᴇ ᴘʟᴀʏ ᴇxᴘᴇʀɪᴇɴᴄᴇꜱ?

Your children will be developing social and emotional skills, reasoning, problem solving skills, literacy skills, language and communication skills, and it helps them develop a better understanding of the world around them.

ʜᴏᴡ ᴄᴀɴ ʏᴏᴜ ɪɴᴛʀᴏᴅᴜᴄᴇ ᴛʜᴇꜱᴇ ᴇxᴘᴇʀɪᴇɴᴄᴇꜱ ᴛᴏ ʏᴏᴜʀ ᴄʜɪʟᴅ?

✨First, choose a theme! I recommend starting with recent real life exposures and/or their current interests.

✨Next, collect the materials you will need!

✨Now put it all together! This is my favorite part!!! I LOVE putting together play invitations!!!

✨And the most important part... Know that not every single invitation will be a success... Sometimes children will accept an invitation and play for hours. And sometimes they just aren’t feeling it and may play for only a few minutes. But don’t let that get you down! Keep trying different ideas! And if you need help, send me a PM!

Alicia Keys - Good Job | Cover by One Voice Children’s Choir | A Tribute to Covid-19 Heroes 10/22/2020

Alicia Keys - Good Job | Cover by One Voice Children’s Choir | A Tribute to Covid-19 Heroes

Just in case anyone else has been feeling the weight of the world on their shoulders lately, listen to this song. And remember, you are doing a good job and you matter!

https://youtu.be/NkDNp4ATCso

Alicia Keys - Good Job | Cover by One Voice Children’s Choir | A Tribute to Covid-19 Heroes This is One Voice Children's Choir covering "Good Job" by Alicia Keys: A Tribute to Covid-19 Heroes The One Voice Children's Choir would like to say “Good Jo...

Photos from Wildflower Atelier's post 10/09/2020

It’s amazing how children will naturally lead you into deep, meaningful investigations.

Today we found and collected passion fruit flowers that had fallen from our vine.

We started by simply observing and noting what we saw with our eyes. Then we looked closer through a magnifying glass. And the questions started to unfold. They would ask each other questions and they shared their knowledge of what they did know or what their theories were. And what they weren’t sure about, we wrote down to do further research.

Some of their questions:
🌿why did these flowers fall off and not keep growing?
🌿how does this flower change and grow into a passion fruit?
🌿Do these flowers have tongues? Or what are these long twirly things?🌿Do bees like the pollen from these flowers?

Timeline photos 09/30/2020

Timeline photos

The Heart Schedule is the ultimate schedule to follow. It is not based on time but specific connection points.

Depending on your child's personality and your own, this will help you manage all you have on your plate.

This schedule is open-ended and much more aligned with your gut.

1) CONNECT is the authentic act of speaking, hearing, and listening to your child for no other reason but to make them feel safe, seen, loved, and grounded.

2) COLLABORATE to strengthen the connection between you with a common external goal. Building lego, working on a math problem, moving furniture to sweep, or mending a torn book.

3) INDIVIDUAL PURSUITS allow each of you to think, process, reenergize, and reflect without distractions.

Making sure these three touchpoints exist during the morning and afternoon sets a calmer rhythm for the day.

Let me know what you think! What changes will you try to make?

If you have a friend who is struggling with challenging behavior send this there way. It will help.

Timeline photos 09/30/2020

When trying to catch a super evasive villain in your super hero game, you sometime need the help of your gadgets! Now that there are secret spy cameras all over the school, we might have some luck in catching this villain.

Timeline photos 09/22/2020

Well it grew something.... Not what they were hoping for, but it’s something. Now we are going to plant it in our garden to see if it will grow strawberries.

Timeline photos 09/22/2020

The most memorable days usually end with the dirtiest clothes.

Timeline photos 09/16/2020

Today a child picked this strawberry. And instead of eating they said “Lauren. Can we put this in a jar of water and see if it will grow anything?”
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I’m always up for a fun science experiment! So obviously I said of course! And I asked her “what do you think might grown when we put this in a jar of water?”
“I’m not sure. Hopefully more strawberries.”
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So we wrote down everyone’s hypothesis and now we we will check on it daily to see what grows!

Photos from Wildflower Atelier's post 09/14/2020

A new school year always means fresh paint for our outdoor easel!

09/10/2020

Preschool in 2020... Interesting times...

Photos from Wildflower Atelier's post 09/08/2020

First day of the new school year!!! It feels good to be back ❤️

Photos from Wildflower Atelier's post 08/27/2020

We always had some children naturally interested in outer space, but I think interests really started to spike after the space launch. And interest just kept growing and growing. The children built rocket ship after rocket ship. They started talking about the red planet and asking questions about other planets. So I created a space station and now our space journey and knowledge is expanding and really taking off! And being a space nerd myself, I am beyond excited for this learning journey!

Timeline photos 08/25/2020

Timeline photos

Photos from Wildflower Atelier's post 08/19/2020

We got a new letter tracing board for the classroom and the children are loving it!! One side is all uppercase and the other side is all lowercase.

We started with just letting them explore and play, but we will be using it to show the children the proper way to write their letters (when they are ready and ask us to show them how to).

We have a few children who like to practice or know they can do something before actually trying it. So we are hoping this will help those friends who are ready to start writing but need a little bit of a confidence boost before putting pen to paper to write their letters.

Also, I created an amazon storefront for the school! (https://www.amazon.com/shop/wildfloweratelier) I’ll be adding materials that we actually use and love here as well as other products I have used in years past that I would recommend. I will be breaking things up into different categories.

I set this up for 2 reasons. One reason is to help make it easy for you to find awesome products that we love! The second reason is to help raise some extra money for our school! When you purchase from our storefront, the school will receive a small kickback. This year we are trying to complete a project on our hillside for the children and we are also wanting to create a magical butterfly garden. Every little bit helps us!

08/18/2020

We got to watch a butterfly emerge from its chrysalis today!

08/18/2020
Photos from Wildflower Atelier's post 08/11/2020

I get to add something new to my resume! Magnatile building support person 🤣
My job was to keep this steady while they built this skyscraper taller and then they attempted to make it more stable so I didn’t have to stand there all day and night.

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