New Face on 40th Street

When we returned from winter break, a new face was waiting for us.  After a year of conversation, fundraising, and coordinating with the sign company, the Seed finally has a new sign.  We’ve had a steady stream of positive feedback all week from students, parents, grandparents, and social media followers.  In fact, one of our . . . Read More


All Filled Up

Today is the winter solstice.  I love this day because of its symbolism and how it invites us to tune in to the light within each other and ourselves.  It’s a time of hope.  At the Seed, it has another meaning; it’s what we celebrate this time of year as a school to be inclusive . . . Read More


In My Heart

Although the weather still feels like autumn, we are headed toward the official first day of winter next Thursday.  It will be an especially meaningful solstice this year since the Seed’s Celebration of the Winter Solstice falls on the actual day for our 2017 event.  Our fall semester ends a week later this year, so . . . Read More


Seeds of Justice

On Monday morning I posted information and tags for our annual gift drive for the Sojourner Center.  The way it works is the tags suggest gifts a family might want to purchase for a child or parent.  The new gifts are returned unwrapped to the Seed and we deliver them to the center in mid-December.  . . . Read More


Practice

Over the years, practice has altered my life.  When I think of practice in my early years, sitting at the piano playing songs I didn’t want to play comes to mind.  I think of laboriously practicing penmanship in 3rd grade, trying to make my left-handed cursive slant the correct way.  Practice like this equaled drudgery . . . Read More


Vocabulary of Gratitude

Another feast has come and gone.  We had perfect weather and delicious food, thanks to teachers, parents, and students.  Hundreds of hungry, friendly families gathered to celebrate our Seed community.  It was gratitude at its finest. Each year our intention is to approach the Thanksgiving holiday with a genuine sense of gratitude.  The challenge is . . . Read More


It’s What We Do

Grateful grandparents, the food drive, and a sand village were a perfect combination to usher in the season of gratitude.  Our wonderful grandparents group met on Monday.  After addressing a few business items, grandparents arranged themselves in pairs to discuss questions around the topic of gratitude.  Taken from Seth Godin’s Thanksgiving Reader (http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2015/11/a-thanksgiving-reader.html), questions led . . . Read More


Invented Spelling

I’ve had a relationship with invented spelling since I started teaching in 1977.  Particularly during the 1980s when writing workshop in schools was spreading all over the country, invented spelling has played a big role in the lives of Seed writers and teachers. “Invented spelling, sometimes referred to as inventive spelling, is the practice of . . . Read More


Ofrenda

The little altar under the tree caught my eye.  I saw it on my way out to Gwen’s Castle with the 3rd/4th graders the morning after Halloween.  We were headed to the castle as part of Día de Los Muertos, Day of the Dead.  For several weeks, many classes have been learning about this time . . . Read More


Carnival…Seed Style

It’s carnival week.  We’re in the throes of a truly exciting time at the Seed.  Many, many people have been, and continue to be, hard at work putting it all together.  Parents and grandparents are baking treats, stirring up chili, and purchasing kid-friendly drinks.  Our highly efficient APA team has been steadily assembling silent auction . . . Read More


Slithering Like A Snake

Occasionally ideas slither like a snake around the Seed, and we never know where they’ll end up.  Wednesday was one of those days.  Each year around Halloween, PreK students take on the study of a creature that generally creeps out humans, creatures like bats, spiders, and snakes.  Snakes are this year’s chosen species. Coincidentally, the . . . Read More


Inspiration for All

It’s not my regular practice to write about individuals.  I prefer to write about our Seed community, about the relationships and dynamics that keep the school a vital, living entity.  Nevertheless, from time to time, a specific person catches my attention.  When you hear her story, I think you’ll understand why this week’s blog is . . . Read More


A Pile of Rocks

Years ago, while visiting a friend near Concord, Massachusetts, we took a day trip to Walden Pond.  I’ve been a fan of Thoreau since my teens, so standing in the space where he spent his two years, two months, and two days at Walden Pond was significant.  That day I soaked in the essence of . . . Read More


D N

Our Seed writers are on fire.  It’s a rebirth of the writer’s workshops that were prevalent at the Seed in the 80s and 90s.  Although there have been threads of writing throughout the school’s history, we wanted to re-establish the depth and volume of the past.  So every Wednesday of our summer program we met . . . Read More


An Exhale of Color

The first days of autumn in Phoenix often feel more symbolic than actual.  As friends in other parts of the country start pulling out their sweaters and long pants, we’re celebrating the occasional day when temperatures dip into double digits.  Even so, there are other signs that the season is changing.  Sunflowers that have withstood . . . Read More


Project Approach, Phase Three

I always appreciate how things come together here at the Seed.  Sometimes we call it the Seed magic.  This week was no exception.  As we kicked off the final week of our nutrition study, we also held our first grandparent gathering on Monday.  Grandparents appeared from the Phoenix area, as well as San Diego, South . . . Read More


Project Approach, Phase Two

In case you thought Wednesday was a bad diaper day for the toddlers, you can be rest assured, it was merely the PreK’s batch of brussels sprouts baking in the oven.   We take our nutrition study seriously and that means stepping out of our comfort zone from time to time to try new tastes . . . Read More


Project Approach, Phase One

Often a study begins with a question.  “Where does hummus come from?”  “What does candy do for your body?” “How can we turn into food detectives?”  Questions like these are surfacing around the Seed as we prepare to embark on our annual school-wide nutrition study.  We’ve had many successful studies in the past and expect . . . Read More


Totality

Just when our planet needed a positive distraction, nature provided.  Monday’s eclipse lived up to the hype, even at the Seed.  Initially, we made an executive decision to keep our students indoors to protect their young eyes.  We made plans for older classes to watch live stream coverage of the eclipse and some classes began . . . Read More


Invitation to Learn

When I was a kid I went to a public elementary school with polished wooden floors and desks lined up in rows.  It was a two-story red brick building that often felt stark and forbidding.  Most of the teachers were friendly and kind, although my enthusiasm for learning varied from year to year, based on . . . Read More


Clearing the Way

Seed teachers are back at it.  We started our prep week on Tuesday and it’s been an action packed few days.  Currently the hallway is lined with items each teacher no longer needs, including extra random art supplies, puzzles with missing pieces, wrong sized tables or shelves, lost and found clothing, and outdated equipment.  My . . . Read More


What’s In Your Lunchbox?

Now that I’m back from vacation and inspired by all the great food we ate on the east coast, I wanted to experiment with baking vegan bread.  The first loaf I made actually turned out pretty well, except the pan was too small.  The top crust created an overhang that resembled a breaded version of . . . Read More


Hot Lava with My Eyes

This morning a kindergartener bounced into school with a book and long strip of police badge stickers in her hands.  I asked what she was carrying and she said it was a book to share about her mom, who is a police officer.  I said, “That’s right.  Your mom is a super hero for sure!”  . . . Read More


Sharing Space

Action figures arrived from home in sets of five.  As the week unfolded, those same figures brought acceptance and respect alive in a whole new way.  Over the weekend their teacher cleared enough cubicles for each child to have a personal space.  Before long, the classroom looked like a colony of condos.  Toys, blocks, and . . . Read More