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PSA Monarch Madness

PSA Monarch Madness

Hundreds of caterpillars have crossed the hands of the children at PSA. In many classrooms, adult butterflies hang in full view to dry their wings, gaining strength to fly to Mexico. The Snowflake Room is the central hub for our monarch madness, they welcome adult butterflies that will live EIGHT times longer than all others … Continue reading

Summer Intentions – Teacher as Researcher through Building

Summer Intentions – Teacher as Researcher through Building

During the summer, each classroom is asked to use one of five Reggio Emilia principles as an intention for summer school. The Orange Room felt most drawn to exploring the Role of Teacher as Guide and Researcher. We are focusing on facilitating children’s ability to represent what they know and imagine. To review and help … Continue reading

Blue Room Post Office

Blue Room Post Office

For the past couple months, the Blue Room has been exploring the mail – sparked by an interest in setting up a post office in their dramatic play area. The whole school has gotten involved, all thanks to the Blue Room Post Service. MAKING A PLAN The Blue Room began by brainstorming what they would … Continue reading

Slide Construction at PSA

Slide Construction at PSA

Easily the most exciting thing to happen on the playground this fall was the installation of the slide.  The children were able to watch the work happen from behind the safety fence.   They asked each worker their name, and wanted to watch as frequently as possible.  Sometimes children would just sit in the chairs while nothing was … Continue reading

Self-Portraiture at Preschool of the Arts

Self-Portraiture at Preschool of the Arts

Artists often use self-portraits as a way of expressing various aspects of themselves and their identities beyond the surface of their physical appearance. What does self-portraiture mean to young children? At Preschool of the Arts, we explore self-portraiture as a way to engage children in examining the details which make up their faces, and then, drawing/creating … Continue reading

Green Room’s Library Project: Looking for Donations

Green Room’s Library Project: Looking for Donations

The Green Room would like to announce the grand opening of The Great Penny Library – a library for PSA students – inspired by their summer investigation of libraries! Any donations of books, magazines, movies & CDs are greatly appreciated. The Green Room will organize and circulate these items for check out to classrooms at … Continue reading

Snowflake Room: A Visit to Camp Randall

Snowflake Room: A Visit to Camp Randall

An excerpt from the Snowflake Room email dated May 2, 2013: The Snowflake Room toured Camp Randall Stadium on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus on May 1st.    What an exciting day! Our first stop was the visiting team locker room, which we learned is painted a pale blue because it is a calming color.  … Continue reading

Blue Room: Beloved Fish, Skippy

Blue Room: Beloved Fish, Skippy

The Blue Room children formed a year-long relationship and study of their classroom fish, Skippy.  As a year-end culmination, the children shared their study of Skippy through various languages, including the language of music and storytelling.  Credit to Jessy Rowe, Blue Room afterschool teacher, for this wonderful video.