POOP

Posts inspired by deep and humorous conversations with young children, often during “potty time”   

PLAYDOH

Posts about everyday experiences, including tips, tutorials, and resources for working with young children

A LITTLE PLATO

Posts that are inspiring, thought-provoking, or reflective

November 4, 2017

I recently presented at our state-wide Early Childhood Conference in Gatlinburg, TN. One of the topics I presented on was about using technology with preschoolers.

I recognize there is quite a bit of push back against technology in the early years, and I understand wher...

October 16, 2017

I'm not sure how long we’ve been creating clay Legacy Pieces with families at our HPUMP, but this was my first time to participate. Depending on how long children have been at the school, their family creates a clay leaf, hand, or foot that the children glaze and then...

October 16, 2017

I don’t know about you guys, but I grew up spending most afternoons and all summer climbing trees, wading creeks, and exploring the woods behind my grandmother’s house. To this day, the earthy smell of the forest takes me to my happy place.

Here at HPUMP, we recently ce...

October 16, 2017

One of the advantages to having a dedicated art studio in each classroom as well as a space unto itself is that we are able to offer children a wide variety of tools and media with which to express and explore their ideas.

We encourage them to work with something until...

October 16, 2017

“…and at the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair messy, and your eyes sparkling.”  Shanti

I wish there had been schools like HPUMP when I was young: a place where I could spend as long as I wanted or needed with a chosen task; a place where art exp...

September 6, 2017

Two-year-old C sits on his portable potty to pee. He stands, picks up the container part of the potty and starts swirling it around, searching for results.

Nothing.

He turns it upside down and shakes it.

Nothing.

Again he sits, stands, swirls, shakes.

Again nothing.

He beco...

October 15, 2016

A worm was rescued on the playground today. And by “rescued” I mean dug out of the earth, transferred to a bowl with a bit of damp dirt, and paraded around the classroom before some unknown fate befell it--a fate that I’ve been assured did not result in said worm’s dem...

August 4, 2016

Light is magic—complete and total magic! We started our exploration of light and shadow with just the overhead projector turned on in the darkened studio and a few friends at a time. Then we projected the light onto the wall and waited for friends to notice it. After a...

May 11, 2016

It’s really dirty.

It’s kind of brown.

It’s kind of cold, too.

It smells good.

It puts mud on us.

It is hard to squish.

If you tear off pieces, it’s easy to squish.

It’s very, very sticky, and it’s very, very messy!

It’s easy to stack pieces because it’s sticky.

A ball of clay...

April 20, 2016

Me: What are you working on?

Mary: A house so a monster can’t get in. We have to make everything big to keep the monster out. The Daddies and Mommies are watching for the monster so the kids can play and take a nap.

We recently added dollhouse furniture to our Constructi...

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