Archive for September, 2015

Continuous Line Drawing

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“A drawing is simply a line going for a walk.” -Paul Klee

Every drawing is built from a line.  In the Atelier, we have been exploring the line with challenging games for the brain. In continuous line drawing, students attempt to never lift the pencil from the paper as they “trace” the shape of the object with their hand.   When they practice this sort of keen observation, they are removing the expectations of what their drawing “should” look like, and attuning their sight to notice the minute details, and thus, the variety within the object.  Find out more about these drawing exercises in the Atelier at Back to School Night!

“I can help the baby!”

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One of our Preschoolers, Theodore, saw baby Claudia starting to crawl up the stairs outside. He said, “I can help the baby!” and modeled for her how to crawl quickly up the stairs.

For more photos and tales from Peach outside time – please click here!

“It’s Green!” and other tales from Pumpkinland

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Curious about what happens when you mix yellow and blue? We are too!

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Click here to see vignettes from our weeks of Focused Groups in Preschool.

Katherine Michiels Visits the Garden

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IMG_6398On Monday we had a visit from a very special guest, Katherine Michiels.  Knowing we’ve been working a lot in the garden, nurturing and reviving the plants, Katherine wanted to share a poem she wrote from the perspective of the KMS garden.  When Katherine asked the children what plants need to live, they were quick to answer: “air”, “breath”, “dirt”, “sunlight”, “water”, and “love!”  Please enjoy reading Katherine’s poem from the perspective of the garden:

I am the voice of the KMS Garden.


Please come in and remember what I love:

Water when I am thirsty

Gentle touching

Smell me

Soft voices


Plays, drama and comedy

Have a seat and enjoy my butterflies, flowers and pretty views

No stepping on me as I am trying to grow

Please no running around – it shakes my roots and I shrink

Prune me when I need it – I like hair cuts

Enjoy my fruit when I am colored ripe

Be sure to eat all of me – even my green strawberry hats

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KMS Values

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As a KMS teacher and alumna, I am always reflecting on what it means to be a member of the KMS community. As we approached KMS’ 40th year, it was vital and significant to connect back to our values.  Laura (KMS’ Director of Curriculum and Staff Development) and I interviewed Katherine Michiels to discuss the roots and evolution of the school and we discussed our school identity with the entire KMS staff.  From those meaningful dialogues, we have composed the following document to reflect our core values.  I hope you feel these values as strongly as I do, because they are at the heart of everything we do here at KMS. -Alden Fletcher, Atelierista

The Child is Competent

Environmental Awareness

Honoring our Relationships

Learning through Exploration

The Child is Competent– We see children as capable and valuable citizens of our community.  When children feel that respect, they soar to meet their potential.  Because of this belief, the child is an equal partner and collaborator in the learning process, and is personally responsible for their contribution as a respectful, caring and attentive member of the community.


Environmental Awareness– At KMS, we reflect and dialogue on our relationship with the environment.  This cultivates awareness and compassion for the world, as well as an understanding of our role as responsible citizens.  Additionally, the environment influences the mental and emotional space of a person, and thus, is a partner in the learning process.  We invest time and energy to create an inspiring, intentional, accessible, and beautiful environment.


Honoring our Relationships– We believe that building compassionate and trusting relationships is the foundation of a safe learning environment.  Strong bonds between children, teachers, administrators and parents all contribute toward creating a space where each person is valued and respected as an equal member of the community. 


Learning through Exploration– We value wonderment, play and imagination as fundamental to the development of children.  At KMS, we create spaces and opportunities that encourage children to follow their own curiosity through researching with teachers. Children have the space to follow their natural instincts– they laugh, run, jump, explore, investigate and ask questions.  With a clear, open mind, children are constantly forming theories and constructing knowledge through their experiences.  We aim to deepen their processes, rather than focusing on products, and in doing so, promote a life-long love of learning.


Thank You, Friend!

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Giuliana and Samson were handing the wooden railroad piece back and forth.  Samson used sign language to say “thank you” to Giuliana.  Once Samson started signing “thank you” to Giuliana, she started using sign language to thank him back! At KMS we know that some of the most important learning comes from your friends.


It’s Friday! It’s Friday!

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The Elementary Program ended a great first week with an afternoon activity time. Here are just a few of the magical moments…