Soap Dispenser Painting

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by Mage This morning I took a group of children to the studio to paint, using soap dispensers to dispense tempera paint mixed with water. We had never tried this activity before, and I thought it would help the children to practice with soap dispensers more. Also, I only had two dispensers, so I thought this would be a good … Read More

Visual Aide’s & Help Me Learn to Help Myself

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by Megan You might have noticed a few new visual aide’s or posters around Elm House. We have posted these ‘cue cards’ in strategic places around the school to help the children internalize our routines and to help outline the steps for many recurring parts of our day, such as, getting dressed, using the toilet or getting a diaper change, … Read More

Ice! Water! and other outside warm weather adventures…

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By Lainy Ice exploration with plastic animals Day 1 Day 2 It’s grey today (“Where are you Mr. Golden Sun?”) but we have had tastes of summer over the last couple of months.  With summer comes outside sensory exploration and using the yard as an extension of our school. We have been thrilled about using the “new” rock area for … Read More

Cleaning

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by Mage This morning a small group came with me to the studio to paint, using one of our houseplants as inspiration. After we painted, there was, of course, quite a lot of paint on the brushes, the caps we put the paint in, and the table. The children noticed me working to clean this up, and came over to … Read More

Inspired by Nature

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by Mage On Monday a small group came to the Nest with me to work on a drawing and collage piece, with daisies clipped from our front yard as inspiration. 

Looking Back

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by Alisha Each year around this time we reflect on our year. What explorations did this year begin with? Where did the children’s ideas take us? What did we wonder about? How did we use the 100 languages to explore our wonderings? What did we discover? How did our discoveries lead to knew questions? So much happens throughout the year, sometimes … Read More

Where Will We Be?

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by Katee Alisha held a circle yesterday to talk to the children about the future.  So many different feelings come from looking toward the future.   The future can often feel scary and unsure because it is hard to imagine.  Change can often feel scary because it seems like your world is unstable in a way, and that you’ll have to … Read More

WHAT can you DO with a paleta?

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by Alisha At circle this morning, Katee and I read a book called “What Can You Do With a Paleta?” by Carmen Tafolla. I read the English words and Katee read the same words in Spanish. The book is written from the perspective of a small child. She tells us all about the sounds, smells and colors of her neighborhood. The … Read More

Tiny Realms

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by Katee When exploring the Remida center during our Tuesday field trip last week, many of the children had two favorite things they got to d0- ride the bus, and play with the ‘tiny realms’.  They had set out small divided scenes filled with tiny things for the children to play in.  There was a box filled with soil, sticks … Read More