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Do You Want to Build a Robot?
Posted: September 17, 2014

Ms. Rita has set up an invitation in the Studio for the children to build robots. Along with visual images, she has set out a variety of recycled materials such as: magnets, bottle caps, cans, lids,. Read this story

Welcome Parents!
Posted: September 10, 2014

Fun was had by all creating wire sculptures, self-portraits, chandeliers and more!! Your children were in awe this morning as they walked into their classrooms to see what you had made for them!... Read this story

Self Portraits with a Purpose
Posted: September 3, 2014

Many of our classes have begun the year having the children create self-portraits. Why you ask? A child's self-portrait can reveal many things. As with any type of drawing, it shows a child's fine... Read this story

Geaux Saints!
Posted: August 28, 2014

Our little Saints fans had a fantastic time today dressed in their black and gold! They were able to scoop black and gold beans and beads in our manipulative table, dance around Windy to "When the... Read this story

Welcome to Little Gate!!
Posted: August 25, 2014

School has gotten of to a wonderful start! The children have spent the last few days getting acquainted with their friends, exploring their new classrooms and becoming familiar with their daily... Read this story

A letter from the Director
Posted: August 25, 2014

Let me be the first in welcoming you to the 2014 - 205 school year at Little Gate! We hope you had a wonderful summer and are looking as forward to the start of school as we are. Our teachers have... Read this story

Our Outdoor Classroom is Ready: Bring on the Bugs!
Posted: August 15, 2014

McGehee's received a very special and unique gift this summer – our very own outdoor classroom. Little Gate and McGehee students of all ages will enjoy our unique and contemporary Butterfly... Read this story

Why is tinkering so important?
Posted: July 18, 2014

Why is tinkering so important? tinkering is about hands-on experiences, persisting through failure and unstructured time to explore and invent tinkering invites us to tackle the unkown and. Read this story

From Boulder to Bankstreet!
Posted: July 1, 2014

Our Little Gate Faculty were quite busy this summer attending conferences across the country. Several faculty members attended the annual conference at the Boulder Journey School in Colorado and a... Read this story

Buen Camino Ms. Michelle!!
Posted: June 11, 2014

Dynamic Duck Teacher, Ms. Michelle, begins her pilgrimage today walking the Camino de Santiago. You can keep up with her journey on our Little Gate Facebook page or her blog: Read this story

Boom, Boom, It was Great to be an Elephant!
Posted: May 26, 2014

Little Gate Elephants celebrated the end of the school year with songs, waves and lots of clapping. Parents, grandparents and siblings enjoyed listening to Little Gate students sing songs such as,... Read this story

Let your Spirit Shine!
Posted: May 22, 2014

Our Little Gaters let their individuality shine this week as they were able to wear their favoritie costumes, their pajamas, a hat or crazy hair and even come toschool barefoot! Fun was had by all... Read this story

Aqua Bridge Unveiled in Little Gate Park
Posted: May 12, 2014

There was beautiful weather for our ribbon cutting ceremony in Little Gate Park. Our Aqua Architects brainstormed and designed a bridge "that everyone can use." Once they determined the location in. Read this story

Happy Mother's Day
Posted: May 9, 2014

Not only was it our last Dad's morning of the year, but we welcomed our mommies too in honor of Mother's Day. Everyone had fun taking turns crossing our new bridge in Little Gate Park, playing... Read this story

Standing Room Only
Posted: May 7, 2014

To culminate the children's year long exploration of "Music", the Rockin' Duckies performed to a standing room only crowd at Little Gate Jazz Fest. Each child designed and built their own musical... Read this story

Little Gate Jazz Fest!
Posted: May 6, 2014

Festival season is the reason for fun at Little Gate! The children listened to the sounds of the McGehee Orff Ensemble the McGehee 3rd Grade Recorders - most of which are Little Gate Alumnae; follwed. Read this story

Studio Explorations this Month
Posted: May 5, 2014

Our time is the studio has continued to be very active and full of new discoveries. We are inventing, building, creating and tinkering with a variety of open-ended materials. the "invention" area is. Read this story

Letter from the Little Gate Director
Posted: May 1, 2014

It's hard to believe there are only 4 short weeks of school left! It seems like just yesterday that we welcomed your children through the doors! May is filled with plenty of fun, so be sure to mark. Read this story

An EGGstravganza!
Posted: April 17, 2014

The McGehee campus has been filled with our Little Gaters hunting for eggs this week from the Bradish Johnson Lawn to the Little Gate Park! We were even surpised to find that our elf house was... Read this story

Through the Little Gate 2014!
Posted: April 15, 2014

Fun was had by all at our annual Through the Little Gate. One goal for this event is for each classroom to showcase a long term project and/or material that they have been particularly interested... Read this story

Little Gate Open House
Posted: April 7, 2014

Open house for prospective parents of one, two and three year olds. Please join us from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Please enter at 1538 Philip Street. Read this story

Photography in a Whole New Light
Posted: April 4, 2014

The Violet Elephants are embarking on a photograpy unit. They can be seen all over campus taking picutres, being sure to "frame" their shot correctly. As part of this unit, the children have been... Read this story

A letter from the Director
Posted: April 1, 2014

Dear Parents, April is a busy month around the Little Gate! We are excited to host our annual Reggio Disovery Day, "Through the Little Gate." The purpose of this morning is to help our entire... Read this story

Have you checked out our Little Gate auction items?
Posted: March 25, 2014

Click here to bid on teacher/student outings, gift certificates to local businesses, hotel stays, McGehee experiences, class items and much more and get a sneak peek at the live auction* items.... Read this story

Making Learning Visible
Posted: March 25, 2014

A few of our Little Gate alumnae (current Pre-K students) invited the Ruby Elephants to their "Museum Exhibit." The girls have been busy researching all different types of animals for their Animal... Read this story

Studio Explorations February/March
Posted: March 18, 2014

'To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.'Thomas Edison We have taken this to heart in the art studio recently . . . the kids have supplied the imagination and I've suppl Read this story

Sunshines Collaborate with the 'Big Girls' on Book Making
Posted: March 14, 2014

During their Book Unit, the teachers observed that their Sunshine Elephants had expressed an interest in how books are made. The teachers decided to bring in some 'experts' from McGehee's that are... Read this story

Weights, Scales and Balances
Posted: March 10, 2014

As part of their Science Unit. our Violet Elephants are exploring weights, scales and balances. The children have been weighing various items such as sand, gems, pom-poms, dry beans, a balloon and... Read this story

A letter from the Director
Posted: March 1, 2014

Welcome back! We hope you all had a safe and enjoyable Mardi Gras Holiday!!! Little Gate is abuzz right now with projects focusing on Color Exploration, Science, Scales and Balances, Architecture,... Read this story

Music lends itself to collaboration with the Ducks!
Posted: February 26, 2014

Throughout the year, the Duckies have been quite interested in all types of music whether it was creating their own drum set, singing or listening! So the teachers decided to take a field trip to... Read this story

We LOVE our Grandparents!
Posted: February 24, 2014

Little Gaters welcomed their Grandparents to campus with open arms! They greeted them at their classroom doors where they were able to play in their favorite centers, participate in special... Read this story

Love is in the Air
Posted: February 14, 2014

Love was in the air this morning at the Little Gate! Our two and three year olds welcomed their daddies for our monthly Dad's Morning in the park where they were able to pose for a "lovely" picture. Read this story

Discovering Reflections
Posted: February 10, 2014

Our Butterflies have been exploring with reflective materials. One of their favorite activities was painting on their own reflection. They were so excited to see themselves and their friends in the. Read this story

January Studio Explorations
Posted: February 2, 2014

Recently in the Studio, the children have begun to work with clay in both the 2's and the 3's classes. In the beginning, we used the clay by itself, learning to shape it, and roll balls and snakes... Read this story

A letter from the Director
Posted: February 1, 2014

Now that things are beginnign to warm up around town, it's Carnival Time and Little Gate is havin' fun! From King Cakes, to beads to all things purple, green and gold, the children are gearing up... Read this story

Father/Child Breakfast was tons of fun!
Posted: January 31, 2014

Our Elephants had tons of fun this morning at our annual Father/Child Breakfast. Our Little Gaters were excellent hosts and hostesses as they offered their buddies a hearty breakfast before they... Read this story

Emerald Elephants create class mascot using 3D printer!
Posted: January 31, 2014

The Emerald Elephant class celebrated its first anniversary today and this 3-year-old class planned every last detail. Collaboration + elaboration at Little Gate? Absolutely. From the menu and... Read this story

Let the Games Begin!
Posted: January 23, 2014

Our Sunshine Elephants Hosted a family Game Night in culmination of their "Games" Unit. Parents and children came to school Friday evening dressed in their PJ's, enjoyed a pizza dinner, played a... Read this story

Y.E.S. program to begin in February for Elephants!
Posted: January 16, 2014

How many times does your child ask "Why??!!" Is she/her curious about how things work? Wel,l then our Young Engineers and Scientists class is a a perfect fit! Y.E.S. is a fun, developmentally... Read this story

Teamwork is the Name of the Game!
Posted: January 15, 2014

Our Fantastic Frogs explored a unit on Baseball for a few weeks after a few children were interested in the game and it became contagious to the group! They held batting practice on the Bradish... Read this story

It's COLD outside!
Posted: January 8, 2014

Happy New Year and welcome back! 2014 has gotten off to a chilly start here in New Orleans! The children have been exploring our "frozen" Little Gate environment. They have found some ice patches on. Read this story

A letter from the Director
Posted: January 6, 2014

Dear Little Gate Families, Welcome back and Happy New Year! We hope that everyone had a wonderful and memorable Winter Break. Winter is upon us here at the Little Gate! This is a good time to send in. Read this story

Winter Celebration
Posted: December 20, 2013

It was a Winter Wonderland today around the Little Gate! We celebrated our last day of school before the holidays frolicking in the "snow" in Little Gate Park, singing along to holiday favorites... Read this story

Finding Patterns and Symmetry in Nature
Posted: December 17, 2013

One of our goals at Little Gate is to connect the children with nature and to promote an awareness of the environment. Two of our classes recently introduced the concepts of symmetry and patterns... Read this story

The Ducks are Making Music
Posted: December 11, 2013

The Ducks have been fascintated with making music and singing since the very beginning of school. It began with the children using wooden dowels and various containers and bowls to create a drum... Read this story

The Aqua Architects
Posted: December 6, 2013

Our Aqua Elephants have been quite fascinated with building since the beginning of the school year. The teachers have decided to take this interest a little further by having the children design... Read this story

Studio Explorations in November
Posted: December 3, 2013

There were many diverse explorations going on in the studio during November. We worked with magnetic blocks, magnetic rocks and other types of really strong magnets. There was a "tinkering station". Read this story

A letter from the Director
Posted: December 1, 2013

Dear Parents, It's COLD outside (well sometimes) and winter weather is finally upon us! The children are enjoying the change in temperature and showing off all of their winter hats, gloves,... Read this story

The Festival of Lights
Posted: November 25, 2013

In honor of Hanukkah, or "The Festival of Lights," Little Gaters have been able to "cook" Latkes, spin Dreidles, scoop and dig for the Star of David in our rice table, and take turns "lighting" our. Read this story

Happy Birthday Windy!
Posted: November 22, 2013

Our Little Gate family gathered this morning to celebrate our beloved Cypress Tree, Windy. She is 18 years old! Windy provides us with shade on hot New Orleans days, nature treaures such as her... Read this story

Nature Families' Club has begun!
Posted: November 19, 2013

We kicked off Nature Families Club at Little Gate this past Sunday. Our goal is to help build awareness of nature in a meaningful way. We couldn't think of a more meaningful way than with our very... Read this story

Light at Night!
Posted: November 13, 2013

Our Light at Night Festival was a huge hit with both children and adults alike! The goal for this evening was for the children to experience the wonder of light and shadow and their school at night,. Read this story

Collaboration comes in all shapes and sizes
Posted: November 7, 2013

Our 2 and 3 day Dragonflies recently worked together to create two beautiful paintings using natural materials and self portraits. For the first project the teachers noticed the 2 day children had... Read this story

Studio Explorations in October
Posted: November 4, 2013

Early in the month, a group of Aqua Elephants showed an interest in levers and catapults. To further this interest, we made several catapults and began sending light-weight objects into the air. We. Read this story

A letter from the Director
Posted: November 1, 2013

Dear Parents, Ooey Gooey slime, fizzing potions, the Pumpkin Patch and light exploration - Oh my! The children have had such a wonderful time planting pumpkin seeds, picking out their very own... Read this story

Tricks and Treats around Little Gate!
Posted: October 31, 2013

What would Halloween be without a little exploration and experimentation? The children have been creating pumpkin potions and watching them explode, they have been cutting and scooping ooey, gooey... Read this story

Beautiful Stuff: Game Edition
Posted: October 30, 2013

To elaborate on our current focus on games, the Sunshine Elephants began a "Beautiful Stuff: Game Edition" project. Over the summer, teachers read the book Beautiful Stuff which follows a Reggio... Read this story

Who doesn't like a good book?
Posted: October 21, 2013

Our Sunshine Elephants have had a fondness for books since the school year began. The teachers have furthered this interest by having each child take turns bringing in their favorite book to share... Read this story

Cross-Gates has begun!
Posted: October 17, 2013

Has your Little Gater come home recently and mentioned playing, reading with and getting to know their "8th Grade Buddy?" If so, they are a part of what is known as Cross-Gates at McGehee. This is a. Read this story

What's inside the treasure box?
Posted: October 10, 2013

Our Fireflies have embarked on a unit focusing on "Forests." They have been taking nature walks, molding trees out of play-doh and clay and painting trees with Ms. Rita in art. To further their... Read this story

3D Design on Display!
Posted: October 2, 2013

Looking for a family outing? Take a trip to Creole Creamery on Prytania and see our latest community art display. The 2012 Fireflies completed a long-term investigation on 3D Design. The children... Read this story

A letter from the Little Gate Director
Posted: October 1, 2013

Dear Parents, Fall will hopefull "soon" be in the air here at Little Gate! The children have now settled into their routines and have become more comfortable in their classrooms. It is so nice to... Read this story

Little Gate Tailgate!
Posted: September 30, 2013

A little rain didn't stop our Little Gaters today from celebrating our Saints! The children came to school decked out from their heads to their toes (literally) in black and gold! From scooping... Read this story

Studio Explorations in September
Posted: September 26, 2013

Our Studio at Little Gate is a place for exploration, discovery and making connections. There are many areas that the children are free to explore and theya re able to use their time spent in the... Read this story

Collaboration was the key at Parents Night!
Posted: September 24, 2013

We would like to thank all of you who were able to attend Parents Night. We hope that you were able to not only connect with fellow parents, but also get a good picture of what your child's day is... Read this story

The Mud Pie Kitchen is open for business!
Posted: September 23, 2013

Black Fridays have begun at Little Gate! As we mentioned at Parents Night we will be adding water and spray bottles to our Mud Pie Kitchen in Little Gate Park. Be sure to send your child in clothes... Read this story

Watch the Parents Night Prezi
Posted: September 20, 2013

The Prezi we showed you at Parents Night is now live! You can watch it again or share it with your friends! Read this story

Self Portraits
Posted: September 12, 2013

As our Little Gaters get into the swing of school and are learning all about their classroom and friends, the teachers have begun to read the "Story of Me" books our families create.... Read this story

First Week Complete!
Posted: September 3, 2013

It was a wonderful first week at Little Gate. Each day the children became more comfortable in their environments and began to explore and make new friends. A few highlights were cooking in the mud... Read this story

Exploring the Art Studio
Posted: August 28, 2013

Ms. Rita's art studio is open for business! The children have been pouring and sifting Jurassic sand in the manipulative table, stacking transparent colored cubes on the light table, using pine... Read this story

Welcome Back!
Posted: August 22, 2013

We were so excited to welcome all of our Little Gaters this morning for the start of school! We will be transitioning into our new classrooms and routines for the next few days. Little Gate is... Read this story

Back to School Playdate!
Posted: August 18, 2013

We welcomed our families back to school on Saturday with our annual Back to School Playdate. Fun was had by all blowing bubbles in Little Gate Park, digging in the mud pie kitchen and dancing to... Read this story

Parent Work Day
Posted: August 10, 2013

Our parents and teachers worked hand in hand to prepare Little Gate for the upcoming school year. Gardens were spruced up, furniture was assembled and our outdoor areas were prepared for our Little... Read this story

Letter from the Little Gate Director
Posted: August 8, 2013

Let me be the first in welcoming you to the 2013-2014 school year at Little Gate! We hope you had a wonderful summer and are looking as forward to the start of school as we are. Our teachers have... Read this story

What's the name of the GAME?
Posted: June 28, 2013

It's been a week full of teamwork, following directions and good old fashioned fun as the children explored all types of Games this week at Camp Little Gater. They have enjoyed putting their brains.. Read this story

Exploring Nature
Posted: June 20, 2013

We began Session Two of Camp Little Gater exploring Nature. The children have enjoyed taking nature walks around campus. Some classes took photographs, some classes collected materials and some... Read this story

There are never too many cooks in the kitchen!
Posted: June 14, 2013

We rolled up our sleeves and put our chef's hats on this week at Camp Little Gater! Cooking was the focus this week and the children enjoyed following a recipe to bake their very own cupcakes, using. Read this story

CREATIVITY week at Camp Little Gater!
Posted: June 7, 2013

Our creative juices were flowing this week as we welcomed the children to Camp Little Gater! They were eager to see some old and new faces as they dove right into water play, the open art studio and. Read this story

Boom, Boom! It was GREAT to be an Elephant!
Posted: May 30, 2013

Friday was the last day of school for our Little Gate students as well as a special celebration for those Elephant boys and girls going on to "big school" next year! The children performed Read this story

Spirit Week
Posted: May 30, 2013

Fun was had by all as we closed out the school year with Spirit Week! From Silly Socks, to Crazy Hair, to Hat Day and Favorite Team Day the children came to school eager to show off their... Read this story

The Sunshine Bakery
Posted: May 29, 2013

To conclude their unit on "The best thing I ever ate," the Sunshine elephants wanted to hold their very own bake sale. Hence, the Sunshine room has been transformed from the Sunshine Pizze Read this story

Feeling HOT, HOT, HOT!!
Posted: May 20, 2013

Our annual Little Gate Water Days are so much fun!!! This year, as always, the children had a blast slipping, sliding, jumping, spraying and playing with their friends. They were also able to play.. Read this story

Little Gate Jazz Fest
Posted: May 3, 2013

A little rain didn't stop the Little Gate Jazz Fest! We moved the festivities indoors to the "Student Center Tent" where the children had a blast dancing and shaking their maracas to the sounds of... Read this story

The Photography Project
Posted: May 1, 2013

The Violet Elephants have just wrapped up their "Photography Project." The children began this project with a photo assignment where they were given a digital camera, a partner and a color Read this story

This Month in the Art Studio
Posted: May 1, 2013

For the past month, the 2's and 3's have been involved in exploring nature and the many ways we can connect nature with art. We've worked with natural materials with clay, made nature collages,... Read this story

New Art Display at Creole Creamery
Posted: April 29, 2013

The Ruby Elephants gathered on Sunday at the Creole Creamery on Prytania. Ice cream, toppings and fun were had by all as they celebrated the debut of their "House Project." For a few month Read this story

Zoo to You Visits Little Gate
Posted: April 16, 2013

One of our favorite special visitors of the year is Zoo to You! For two days, Little Gaters were able to get up close and personal with some furry friends. Some favorites were Tank the tortoise,... Read this story

Perfect Weather for Dads' Morning!
Posted: April 12, 2013

Little Gaters and their dads enjoyed perfect spring weather in the park this morning for our monthly playdate! Some rode trikes, some played ball, and others just explored the park together. When... Read this story

The Wonders of Nature
Posted: April 11, 2013

Springtime in New Orleans is always a favorite time here at the Little Gate. Our one year olds have planted an herb garden, are hatching caterpillars and are getting down and dirty while digging for. Read this story

This Month in the Art Studio
Posted: April 8, 2013

Our exploration of "3-D art" this past month has been so interesting and exciting. Both the 2's and 3's have continued to work with Styrofoam, clay, wood and paper to create three-dimension Read this story

Letter from the Little Gate Director
Posted: April 8, 2013

Welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing Spring Break. Little Gate is always such and exciting place this time of year especially in terms of incorporating nature into our... Read this story

City Park Fairy Houses
Posted: March 25, 2013

Our Little Gaters sure made their mark in City Park this weekend! Fun was had by all as we used our imagination and fine motor skills to build 3 fairy houses. The children gathered sticks to form... Read this story

Grandparents and Special Friends Day
Posted: March 21, 2013

Little Gaters played hosts and hostesses this week as we welcomed our Grandparents and special friends to campus! Everyone was able to enjoy some playtime in our classrooms and then head out to... Read this story

Little Gate Teachers Explore Nature!
Posted: March 18, 2013

Little Gate welcomed Nature Explore for our Professional Development Day. They are a collaborative project of Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research Foundations. The goal of... Read this story

Letter from the Little Gate Director
Posted: March 1, 2013

Little Gate is abuzz right now with projects focusing on Color Exploration, Science, Wheels, Gears, Houses, Cooking and more!! The children are enjoying experimenting with mixtures, colors and... Read this story

This Month in the Art Studio
Posted: February 28, 2013

Our main focus this month has been the concept of "3-D artwork" for both the 2's and 3's. 3-D art activities are important for children to learn spatial concepts, such as how an object look Read this story

Thinking 'Outside the Box'
Posted: February 28, 2013

Our Butterflies decided to have some fun recently during a rainy day with an empty box! The children had fun playing and crawling around inside and it even became a clubhouse. It may not have... Read this story

Register for Camp Little Gater!
Posted: February 22, 2013

Little Gate offers a four-week camp during the month of June open to our currently enrolled one, two and three year old students. Our camp hours are from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM and there will be no ... Read this story

Run, Clare, Run!
Posted: February 19, 2013

Little Gate is honored to announce that Aqua Elephant, Clare Minihan, has received 1st place in the New Orleans Track Club "Grand Prix Series." She completed three races in the 2012 Youth Division -. Read this story

Bead Dogs on Parade!
Posted: February 8, 2013

Each class was given an autographed copy of Cornell Landry's newest book, The Amazing Adventure of Mardi Gras Bead Dog to read to the children to use as inspiration to create their own Bead Dog. The. Read this story

Welcome Toddy!
Posted: February 6, 2013

We are excited to introduce "Toddy" to our Little Gate Family. She is a large stately oak tree in our Toddler play yard, hence the name "Toddy". The children enjoy climbing on an Read this story

Chemistry Collaboration!
Posted: February 6, 2013

The Ruby Elephants are exploring science and well known scientists as their current unit of study. They decided to go on a field trip to the McGehee Upper School Chemistry Lab to meet some "real Read this story

This Month in the Art Studio
Posted: February 5, 2013

Coming back after the break, the children in the 2's and 3's classes seemed ready and eager for new challenges. Several areas in the art/studio were changed or enhanced to challenge their... Read this story

Letter from the Little Gate Director
Posted: February 5, 2013

It's Carnival Time and Little Gate is havin' fun! From King Cakes, to beads to all things purple, green and gold, the children are gearing up for parade season. An exciting school-wide project each... Read this story

Little Gate Parade Day
Posted: January 29, 2013

Fun was had by all this past weekend at Little Gate parade day! We could not have asked for better weather and the children and their families were able to enjoy the Krewe of Carrollton and King... Read this story

The Elf House Gets a Door!
Posted: January 28, 2013

As our elf house exploration continues at the Little Gate, the Ducks have decided that the elf house needs a door as well as the idea of a window on the door. Hayden's dad, Mr. Daniel, came to our... Read this story

Dads' Mornings have begun at Little Gate!
Posted: January 25, 2013

Dad's mornings have begun at Little Gate! Our elephants welcomed their daddies to school this morning by enjoying a hearty breakfast and then headed out to the park for some outdoor games and fun! .. Read this story

Elephant Tree Exploration
Posted: January 23, 2013

Trees are often a topic of discussion throughout the year at Little Gate, mainly because of our beloved Cypress Tree "Windy." Not only does she provide shade on sunny days, she also provides many... Read this story

Letter from the Little Gate Director
Posted: January 9, 2013

Dear Little Gate Families, Welcome back and Happy New Year! We hope that everyone had a wonderful and memorable Winter Break. Winter is upon us here at the Little Gate! This is a good time to send in. Read this story

Ruby Elephant House Project
Posted: January 9, 2013

For a few months, the Ruby Elephants have explored Houses. It began by creating stick houses using popsicle sticks, glue and paper. Once each house was complete the teachers asked the children if... Read this story

This Month in the Art Studio
Posted: January 7, 2013

During December, the 3's continued exploring black and white, using recycled materials to stamp with. We tried white paint on black paper and black paint on white paper. We also explored the... Read this story

Creative Collaborative Art
Posted: January 7, 2013

Please be sure to check Little Gate's newest art displayed at the Uptown Creole Creamery titled, "Beginnings." In our one-year old classrooms, the teachers begin to introduce the children to various. Read this story

The Giving Tree
Posted: December 5, 2012

The Sunshine Elephants have been working on a "Book" project the last few weeks. One special project they have been working is on related to the classic book, The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein. Read this story

Our Elf House continued...
Posted: December 5, 2012

The ducks have begun to explore doors for the Elf House. The children have taken measurements of the door way, and worked hard and tried to make sure they were accurate. To help with this we first. Read this story

Letter from the Little Gate Director
Posted: December 3, 2012

Dear Parents, It's COLD outside and winter weather is finally upon us! The children are enjoying the change in temperature and showing off all of their winter hats, gloves, mittens and coats as they. Read this story

This Month in the Art Studio
Posted: November 28, 2012

This month the 3's classes expanded on the "black lines" projects we did last month by exploring "white lines". We used white oil pastels on white photo paper and then painted wi Read this story

Art and Nature
Posted: November 19, 2012

Our last meeting, themed "Art with Nature", was a huge success! Parents and children met at Audubon Park and we gathered by the pond to read Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert. The book is filled wit Read this story

Windy's Birthday Celebration
Posted: November 16, 2012

Windy's Birthday Celebration was so much fun! Little Gaters brought so many beautiful decorations to dress Windy up for the big day and she looks spectacular! We know that Windy will be losing her... Read this story

Sticky Fun!
Posted: November 15, 2012

A main goal for our one year old classes is to introduce them to new materials to explore. Upon the Butterflies exploration of glue, the concept of "sticky" emerged while working together. The... Read this story

Collaboration with 3rd Grade Scientists!
Posted: November 12, 2012

The Sunshine elephants have just completed a unit on investigating bugs! The unit ended with a fieldtrip to the Lower School Science lab where third grade McGehee scientists gave presentations and... Read this story

Mimi Odem: Guest Blogger for N.O. Moms Blog
Posted: November 8, 2012

Socialization: Why your child should attend an early childhood program November 8, 2012 in Parenting, School Years, Toddlers As I was going through the Pre-K admissions process last year for my... Read this story

Letter from the Little Gate Director
Posted: November 1, 2012

Dear Parents, Haystacks, the Pumpkin Patch and light exploration - Oh my! The children have had such a wonderful time planting pumpkin seeds, picking out their very own pumpkins to decorate, enjoying. Read this story

This Month in the Art Studio
Posted: October 31, 2012

This month the 3's classes focused on "TREES" and "LINES". Trees became our focus early in the month because the Children's Museum asked Little Gate to participate in their " Read this story

Fall Fest 2012
Posted: October 29, 2012

Fun was had by all at our annual Fall Festival! Light exploration was in full swing whether you were enjoying a hay ride, dancing under Windy, playing in the hay stack or being creative in our glow.. Read this story

A Leaf Shape Adventure
Posted: October 24, 2012

What a great time we had at City Park's Nature Trail! It was a perfect day to get out and explore with our family and friends! Families were able to walk around on their own before we met together... Read this story

There is an Elf House at McGehee!
Posted: October 22, 2012

There is a new addition to our campus - an Elf House! During a nature walk, the Fireflies, Ducks and Ruby Elephants discovered a hole in a large oak tree near the Bradish Johnson House. The three... Read this story

Make a Face!
Posted: October 12, 2012

Some of our two and three year old classes have been working on projects that focus on "Faces." During the past few weeks they have been working on looking the mirror to notice their own faces,... Read this story

Little Gate Art Is All Over Town!
Posted: October 9, 2012

Little Gater Paige Banta helped deliver several pieces of Little Gate community art to be displayed in the administrative offices of the Aquarium and Zoo. Paige and her mom, Kathleen Banta '95... Read this story

Getting to Know a Tree
Posted: October 4, 2012

The Little Gate Nature Families Club had our first get together on September 29! Our exploration for this month was "Getting to know a tree"! Families met under Little Gate's special tree, Windy. . Read this story

Letter from the Little Gate Director
Posted: October 1, 2012

Dear Parents, Fall is finally in the air here at Little Gate! The children are now comfortable in their classrooms and transitioning well into new routines. The cooler weather has allowed for more.. Read this story

It's a Pajama Party!
Posted: September 24, 2012

With the "big school" celebrating Spirit Week this week, Little Gate couldn't help but join in the fun! Monday was pajama day and the Little Gate students (and teachers) found that everything is... Read this story

Hedgie visits with the Peacocks!
Posted: September 23, 2012

This year Hedgie will begin an exciting adventure of traveling around to all of our Little Gate classes for a few days each week. This will allow the children to build a relationship with our school. Read this story

What's in the Box?
Posted: September 20, 2012

The Ruby Elephants jumped right in to their first project of the year when a mysterious large box was delivered to their classroom the very first day of school! As soon as Mr. Allen placed it on the. Read this story

Recycling has begun!
Posted: September 20, 2012

The Little Gate Community will again make great efforts this year to promote awareness of conserving, reducing and reusing at both our school and homes. A few ways we have incorporated this in our... Read this story

Who we are at Little Gate
Posted: September 14, 2012

We shared this prezi at our Little Gate Parents Night this Fall. Our goal was to give an understanding of who we are at Little Gate. We hope this gives a glimpse to you about our philosophy, goals,... Read this story

Little Gate Parents' Night
Posted: September 13, 2012

Little Gate Parent's Night was so much fun! One aspect of the Reggio Philosophy we value greatly is viewing our Parents are partners and how this enriches our school. Thank you for taking the... Read this story

Little Gate LOVES the Saints!
Posted: September 10, 2012

We kicked off the Saints season in style at the Little Gate. From jerseys, to tutus to T-shirts, campus was filled with Black and Gold! The children had a blast dancing on the deck under windy to... Read this story

Hurricane Isaac School Closure Information
Posted: September 1, 2012

Due to our concern for the safety of the members of our school community, we made the decision to close Little Gate and McGehee on Thursday, August 30 and Friday, August 31. Read this story

First Day a HUGE Success!
Posted: August 23, 2012

We were so excited to welcome back familiar faces today and greet our new families at Little Gate. The children had a wonderful day exploring their new classrooms, playing outdoors, and getting to... Read this story

Letter from the Little Gate Director
Posted: August 22, 2012

Welcome back! We are so excited about the start of the 2012-2013 school year. Our Little Gate Faculty has been busy all summer! The Outdoor Committee met, planned and redesigned Little Gate Park.. Read this story

The Environment is Key!
Posted: August 21, 2012

Before school began, our Little Gate Faculty met at the Louisiana Children's Museum to get their creative juices flowing. The focus of our professional development was on the importance of the... Read this story

Parent Work Day a Huge Success!
Posted: August 11, 2012

Despite a few rain showers, Parent Work Day was a huge success! We were able to assemble some classroom furniture and begin sprucing up our outdoor play spaces for the children. Thank you so much... Read this story

Robot Factory at the Creole Creamery
Posted: August 1, 2012

We are pleased to announce our newest art exhibit - The Robot Factory! If you are in the mood for some ice cream, go visit the Creole Creamery on Prytania to view the work created by our Dynamic... Read this story

Professional Development in Portland!
Posted: July 30, 2012

This summer seven our of Little Gate Faculty attended the eighth annual North American Reggio Emilia Alliance (NAREA) conference in Portland, Oregon. Collaboration and Creative Thinking were the... Read this story

Outdoor Committee Seeks Donations
Posted: July 9, 2012

The Outdoor Committee at Little Gate is excited about beautifying the park on Parent Work Day. We want to make it an inviting environment where our Little Gaters will have the opportunity to... Read this story

Art Studio News for May
Posted: May 29, 2012

May was our last month in the art/studio this year! In both the 2's and 3's classes, we continued to work with wood construction, and talked more about texture and how we could add texture to our... Read this story

Through a Child's Eyes
Posted: May 28, 2012

During open art studio time for the last few months, Ms. Rita has been working on digital photography with the children. They have been able to walk around campus clicking away at anything that... Read this story

Little Gate Elephants Celebrate End of Year!
Posted: May 25, 2012

Little Gate Elephants celebrated the end of the school year with songs, waves and lots of clapping. Parents, grandparents and siblings enjoyed listening to Little Gate students sing songs such as,... Read this story

Judy Stock Entertains our Little Gaters!
Posted: May 17, 2012

Little Gate was pleased to welcome professional musician, Judy Stock for a special performance under Windy. She has worked for over 30 years singing and entertaining children and was in town because. Read this story

Hedgie's Outdoor Habitat
Posted: May 17, 2012

Hedgie is enjoying her new outdoor habitat in Little Gate Park. The Ruby Elephants' plans and dreams have now become a reality. Her habitat is filled with lush plants, wood chips for burrowing,... Read this story

Water, Water, Everywhere!
Posted: May 17, 2012

Water days have made a big SPLASH around Little Gate this week! Whether it was playing at the water tables, chasing bubbles, swimming in the pools or using the water slide, our one, two and three... Read this story

We Appreciate our Teachers!
Posted: May 11, 2012

Our Little Gate teachers have been treated like royalty this week! Thank you to all of our parents who have volunteered to send in treats for breakfast or lunch and for volunteering for morning or... Read this story

Art Studio News for April
Posted: May 3, 2012

This past month we've focused on lines and shapes during the regular art classes for 2's and 3's. (At this time of the year, the 2's are able to work with almost all of the same materials as the... Read this story

Little Gate JazzFest
Posted: May 2, 2012

Fun was had by all today at Little Gate Jazz Fest! Not even a little rain could keep our festers from singing, dancing, and tapping to the beat! There were Plum Street Sno-balls, meat pies and... Read this story

Letter from the Little Gate Director
Posted: May 1, 2012

Dear Parents, It's hard to believe the school year is almost over! It seems like just yesterday we were welcoming our Little Gaters, and in just a few short weeks we will be saying goodbye. Summer... Read this story

Put your listening ears on!
Posted: May 1, 2012

The Fireflies have been exploring a unit on Listening and also experimenting with using tin cans to create a "phone." Since the children were so interested in this, the teachers asked the f Read this story

Through the Little Gate
Posted: April 28, 2012

Our annual Through the Little Gate was a huge success! The children and their special guests were able to experiment and explore in a Reggio Inspired way!! As you walked around campus, you were... Read this story

Rainy Day Fun!
Posted: April 5, 2012

Our Little Gaters enjoyed some rainy day fun with their dad's this morning! Instead of playing outside in the park, the children were able to be hosts in their classrooms. Dads were able to... Read this story

Hipptiy Hoppity Easter's on its way!
Posted: April 5, 2012

Our Little Gaters have been busy discussing and exploring the upcoming Easter holiday. The children have had the opportunity to taste and paint with carrots, they have dyed, tasted, and decorated... Read this story

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