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


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


Posts that are inspiring, thought-provoking, or reflective

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 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...

March 25, 2016

One of our table invitations today involved squares of cork, giant pushpins and colored paper. The children were invited to poke holes through the paper with the pushpin and create a design. 

L and O were most interested in the varying size and placement of the holes th...

February 18, 2016

We started our day off with watercolor and mirrors. I put the mirrors out in anticipation of spontaneous self-portraits, but the children were far more fascinated with watching the process of their painting in the reflection. The children were delighted that they could...

January 8, 2016

We’ve been working hard at fostering independence, perseverance and a sense of community in our classroom by encouraging each other to try things on our own and/or to ask friends for help or ideas (rather than going straight to a teacher.)

There are so many small t...

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