Drawing as a way of communication

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By Jackie                           Art plays such a big part in early childhood classrooms. And I am always looking for ways to incorporate art into teaching. I started asking our friends what did they make after they are done drawing. I saw it as a way for me to … Read More

Dresses

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by Mage Lately I have noticed that some of the children a very interested in dresses. The children will regularly bring scarves to me and ask me to help them “make a dress,” which essentially means tying the scarf around their chests, with the knot either in front or back, or hanging loose from their necks. I thought that this … Read More

Sunset Stories

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By Laurie This Autumn we were noticing some of the storytelling our children were doing around rainbows, what color is, the nature of light (is it alive? what creates light and shadow? what is in me, and outside of me?) and where rainbows come from. I’ve been interested in keeping that spirit of inquiry going, and listening for what stories … Read More

A sweet moment

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By Jackie I am usually with the third lunch group of children on Tuesdays and Thursdays, we hang out in the cubby room when we wait for the second group to finish toileting before we can go, our go to activities are reading and singing. On this Thursday, I after I gave everyone a book, I saw Z held up … Read More

Collaborate

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By Megan Connecting the children to nature is one of my passions in the classroom. They are so curious about natural objects and given the opportunity to work with them show a lot of interest and concentration. Today we painted with brightly colored paints, using a beautiful dried branch as our canvas. Large art projects like this are also great … Read More

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

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

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

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