Helping hand

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By Jackie   Last week, I started regularly ask friends to help me at lunch time. They took turns to pass out utensils, bow/plates, and cups. The children are very enthusiastic about it and there were always more than one friend who wants to be the helper. So I started to include them during other tasks like cleaning floors, wiping … Read More

Wintery walks

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“To the attentive eye, each moment of the year has its own beauty, and in the same fields, it beholds, every hour, a picture which was never seen before, and which shall never be seen again.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson By Nora On Tuesday afternoon HE, AB, EB, AD, and I went to a sunset walk around the block. I told … Read More

We care for each other

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by Megan For the holidays here are some gifts for all of you. Simple images of children caring. Caring for each other, caring for baby dolls, for stuffed animals, children comforting and expressing themselves in simple and gentle ways. The world needs more of this, especially now, when kindness matters in such a huge way.   Have a wonderful winter … Read More

A Fizzy Reaction

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by Mage Continuing to explore the theme of transformation, this week I introduced the baking soda and vinegar reaction to the children in the Nest.

We wish you well, AD!

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By Amber This morning we had a very special circle with AD and his mom, Kelly. This is AD’s last week at Tulip Tree before he moves to Guatemala for three months! We had a Goodbye Circle this morning to give the children a chance to say farewell to their friend and hear about where he will be going and … Read More

Friends learning from friends

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By Jackie Hi! This is Jackie. It has been a fun and busy first 4 months for me. I would like to devote my first blog post to moments I observe in Elm House when children learn from each other. Teachers are not the only ones who are doing the teaching, as a matter of fact, friends learn from one … Read More

Finding The Golden Ratio

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by Katee While at the art store gathering supplies this week, I spotted an amazing little connection to our classroom- a golden ratio finder!  Of course I had to get that for our classroom.  But then I wondered how exactly I was going to try to explain the Fibonacci Sequence in extreme brevity to young children.  The children had seen … Read More

Maddi’s Fridge

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By Nora “If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound with mine then let us work together.” -Lilla Watson This week as a group we have been reading and discussing the book Maddi’s Fridge by Lois Brandt. This book explores big themes of hunger, food access, … Read More

Cornstarch and water activity

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by Mage Some of you might not know this, but on Friday afternoons I work late, and during that time I get to spend a few hours with some of the older children. This is a time that I really look forward to, and I try to offer interesting activities during this time so that I can get really engaged … Read More

Winter Wonder

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By Megan Now that the rain clouds have cleared and the temperatures have dropped significantly, it’s beginning to feel a lot like winter! The children can absolutely sense a change in the season. “It’s cold. Santa’s coming soon” said LS the other day. So to begin to celebrate the upcoming official transition into winter I offered a winter themed collage … Read More