Category Archives: Preschool

Follow our series on the Preschool Bunny class’ journey to honor the President’s Bur Oak, the oldest tree on UW-Madison campus.

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SoHE News and Events: March 1-7

Kirkorian on Choosing Apps for Children | Raison to Attend Elevate Kirkorian on Choosing Quality Apps for Children Heather Kirkorian, PhD, along with other colleagues, were recently cited in a Bristol Herald Courier article on how parents should choose quality apps for children to make screen time worthwhile. Some tips include looking at the app’s […]

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SoHE News and Events: January 25-31

Wagner Quoted on NPR | Whelan Interviewed on News 3  NPR Quotes CDL Executive Director Amy Wagner on Quality of Pre-K Education Executive Director of SoHE’s UW Child Development Lab Amy Wagner was quoted as part of an NPR on-air story and article that reported on a national study of the quality of pre-K education […]

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The Return of Bur Oak!

  A Planting Ceremony with Preschool Alums and Campus Officials On January 14, 2015, the oldest tree on campus, President’s Oak, was officially taken down. UW Child Development Lab (CDL) preschoolers had become quite attached to the 300-year-old tree they called “bur oak” and gave it an emotional and meaningful goodbye that captured attention on […]

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SoHE News and Events: April 13 – 19

Whelan answers “Does weather affect mood?” | New preschool interactive graphic   Whelan interviewed about the impact of recent snowstorms on mood Snow in spring has been frustrating. Madison News 3 TV interviewed Dr. Christine Whelan about how April snow showers impact people’s happiness. Watch the story and listen to what SoHE’s “expert in happiness” […]

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SoHE News and Stories: December 1 – December 7

PSL Receives Accreditation | Blumenstock Recognized with SSSS Rising Scholar Award Preschool Lab Awarded with National Early Childhood Program Accreditation The Preschool Lab (PSL) has achieved the National Accreditation award from National Early Childhood Program Accreditation (NECPA). Having this national accreditation allows PSL to serve low income student families that are eligible for Access for […]

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Week of the Young Child

Each year, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) has a special week long celebration for young children across the country. Each day is a different type of event to help inspire learning, creativity, collaboration, and so much more. Follow SoHE on social media for daily updates of the events @UWSOHE or […]

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Final Goodbyes to the Bur Oak

The Bunny Class said their final good-byes to Bur Oak on a cold, snowy January 14, 2015. Over the past year and a half, this class of curious kiddos became very attached to the tree and the life she supported. While they were of course sad to watch her go, the class learned many valuable […]

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A Song and Dance for the Tree

While taking a walk around the tree mid-October, Carson from the 4k Bunny class suggested putting on a show for the Bur Oak. He wanted to write a song and make costumes and have the show filmed. The class unanimously agreed that this was a wonderful idea! The class used paper bags, markers, cotton balls, […]

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Not Just Another Tree

On a walk around the building mid-September, a curious preschooler in the Bunny class noticed something different hanging from one of the pine trees on Observatory Hill behind Nancy Nicholas Hall. They learned that this tree is known as the Tree of Peace within the Ho Chunk tribe. This sparked a discussion about the history […]

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“We love you Bur Oak”

The President’s Bur Oak has sparked serious emotions for the “Bunny” class in our Preschool Lab; after visiting monthly for the past two years, the tree has come ill and needs to be taken down. This passionate group of four year olds has been working to honor the tree any way they can. Teacher Kristen […]

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Preschoolers Get “Sappy” for Oldest Tree on UW campus

The President’s Bur Oak is the oldest tree on campus; in fact there are battle wounds on its trunk dating back to the Civil War when soldiers used it for target practice. An unexpected group has come to love the tree and would like to honor the Bur Oak, which has reached the end of […]