By Bee Yesterday, Ceci had a bit of a snafu with a table and injured her toe. I came back from my break just in time to see Lainy applying an ice pack. Ceci was understandably upset and was telling her friends (who were gathering close to watch Lainy’s ministrations) that she wanted a lot of space around her body. After … Read More
by Mage The nasturtium seeds have sprouted, and all of the toddlers are becoming very curious about our new plants! Recently, I have seen the children wanting to interact with the plants, as they bring toys over to the planter box, and reach down into the wire to touch the plants with their fingers. The other day, I saw Emil … Read More
By Bee Yesterday afternoon I was sitting outside with my Elm Room friends. Emil and Ceci were working next to one another in the sandbox. Emil was filling the back of a dump truck with sand. The following conversation ensued: Ceci: I want to use that. Bee: It looks like Emil is using that. Ceci: Emil. Emil! Can I wait? … Read More
by Monica In the Elm Room we spent some time working with scissors in the studio last Wednesday. Three children at a time sat at the table in the studio with me and used child sized scissors to cut up scrap paper.
by Mage At Elm House, we typically use our phones to take photos of the children. We do have a very nice Canon powershot, but sadly it doesn’t make the rounds very often. Today after our walk, I thought I would bring it out for a few minutes, since we decided to play in the Elm room which was a … Read More
By Bee The Sprouts were on a walk this morning when they spotted a semi. Luca: Big truck! Whoa! Renardo: Hi! Bee: You see that big truck stopped in the road?
by Monica Getting to know the Elm Room children over the past couple of weeks, I have noticed they are undergoing some important shifts in their socioemotional development! Established patterns of interaction like parallel play and imitation are still clearly visible as new, sophisticated ways of relating and playing together are taking shape.
by Mage Recently, Bee and I have been having short periods of shared screen time with the children, in which we watch music videos and talk about music and dancing. This started one day when Bee was looking up a folk song about a hammer, and I commented that we should listen to MC Hammer. We played MC Hammer’s U … Read More
By Bee Over the past few weeks I have often found Flip standing at the gate to the Elm Room observing the activities that her older peers are engaged in. Many of the Seeds and Sprouts enjoy watching through the gate, especially when the Elms are singing or dancing. I’ve found myself wondering how much learning is taking place in … Read More
By Bee This morning I set up a provocation for the children that included animals, stamp pads, and paper. While watching the children engage with the materials it occurred to me that I could use this opportunity to start a discussion with the children about what kind of pet they would like to have at Elm House.