Clay Self Portraits

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by Alisha Today we started our clay self portraits. I asked the children to feel their faces. We felt our cheeks, our chins, our lips, our noses, our ears, our forehead and everywhere in between. I asked, “What part of your face bumps out?” and “What part of your face sinks in?” We talked about how building your self portrait … Read More

All kinds of habitats!

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By Amber This morning Katee brought out a very special mat she sewed to show the children. Each section of this little mat represents the different habitats that creatures can live in on Earth. The sparkly blue section is for the water (rivers or ocean), the green is land, and the light blue is for the sky! Katee brought out … Read More

We Paint a Rainbow

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By Laurie The rainbow has played an important reoccurring role as a character of curiosity in our classroom and project work this year. Appearing on sunny days from prisms and crystals throughout the school, there have been questions and pretend play in interacting with these ethereal visions.

Snowy Smiles!

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By Nora The snow is providing us with new terrain to teach and play in. Tuesday brought lots of smiles and excitement for our first significant snowfall. Thursday brought more excited energy post-Snow Day! They spent all morning making art with snow, tasting it, touching it, laying in it, and feeling delighted in general in all that the snow brings.

A trip to The Wonder of Learning exhibit

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by Mage Last Saturday I took a trip to Seattle to visit The Wonder of Learning exhibit, hosted by Reggio Children. You can read more about where to find the exhibit, as well as information on the displays, here. Photographing the exhibit panels was not allowed; however, I was allowed to photograph the mini-atelier spaces which were set up around the … Read More

The Spider Project

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By Jackie I would say one of the favorite of ours is definitely  the itsy bitsy spider.  It is such a fun song where the lyrics are easy to remember and you get to hand gestures to go with the singing. We also have many books about spider in Elm House library. As we were playing with play dough this Tuesday, one … Read More

Cooking (and Crafting!) For Others, Part II

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By Nora This week we have been talking a lot about LOVE. Between notes from the *secret* admirer, being detectives to find the secret admirer, hanging love letters around the neighborhood, sharing what we think love is, and sending Valentine’s to our families, we have done a lot on the topic. On the eve of Valentine’s Day I came to … Read More

Valentine’s Day is for everyone

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by Megan In an effort to spread love and kindness throughout our school community and beyond, we made Valentine’s for our families, and also for the people who inhabit Right to Dream Too, a local non profit organization that gives shelter and a safe place to sleep for unhoused people. Along with our friends at Tulip Tree Preschool, we donated … Read More

Happy Love Day!!!!

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by Alisha Today was a super special Valentine’s Day filled with love. Each day the kids have been eager to see what our secret admirer has gifted us. Today our secret admirer left us a note that said, “Clue #1”. We realized that our secret admirer was sending us on a treasure hunt! Everyone was SOOOO excited!! In the end, … Read More

Signs of Spring

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We have been looking out for signs of spring sneaking up on us. On walks, in the commons and even inside our classroom… the signs are everywhere! What signs of spring have you seen??