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By Bee Last Wednesday the sprouts were busy preparing for meal time. Flip was frustrated with her chair and began to cry. “Help. Help Flip” I turned to Luca and signed, “You said you want to help Flip?” Hannah verbally responded to the question I signed to Luca, “Flip cry.” Luca walked over to the closet purposefully and reached into … Read More

“Oishi!!” (Yummy)

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By Mage Earlier this week in the Seed class, Sen has taught us a new way to talk about our food in Japanese. He puts an index finger to his cheek and says, “Oishi!” which translates to yummy or tastes good in English. It has become a hit in our room. There’s Sen with a double “Oishi!”

Staying Positive

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By Shella As a teacher of small children, it is important that I remind myself daily just how important my work is. I am growing and learning and problem solving day to day. If I weren’t growing myself, I would just stay stagnant as a teacher, which wouldn’t benefit your children at all! Due to the extreme change and growth … Read More

Communication is key

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By Bee In a previous blog this week, Looking at you, looking at me, Mage reflected on, and wondered about, the children’s growing interest in one another’s bodies and gestures.  The opportunity arose for us to invite in a guest, Kristin, who is hard of hearing and uses American Sign Language. Kristin joined the seeds and the sprouts on Wednesday morning … Read More

Looking at you, looking at me

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by Mage The other day I saw Luca and Sen sitting together in the back of the basement, far from where the other children were playing. I was sitting a short distance away and noticed that Luca and Sen had been sitting across from each other silently for several minutes, which can be a long time for a toddler. I … Read More

Staying in the moment.

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By Shella An average day in the Elm Room consists of so much activity, one has to ask themselves, “am I  missing anything?” The truth is, as educators (and even as parents), we miss moments that are sometimes pivotal in our children’s growth and development. I often hear, “I don’t know where they got that word/phrase! They just woke up … Read More


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By Bee These past couple of weeks at Elm House have been such a whirlwind. Coming back from break, meeting lots of new faces, and then a random bout of illness! It’s been apparent that things haven’t felt as grounded here in our little home since we’ve been back. I know, I know, that doesn’t feel super good to read, but … Read More


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By Bee (There were some minor technical difficulties in the posting of the blog. It was originally penned and posted on January 8th) It has been a very short week here at Elm House, but I had plenty of time to observe an incredible amount of growth in my friends. I must admit that I had mentally prepared for a week of … Read More


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by Mage   At Elm House, we are fortunate to be located a brief stroller-ride away from a topic that is on the children’s minds: construction! As Bee mentioned in a previous post in November, Community Minded, the construction at Franklin High School is a place where the children have the opportunity to witness tangible, physical changes taking place in … Read More

“Will you be my friend?”

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I remember my very first best friend. I was in kindergarten, and she was my neighbor. We played in her backyard playhouse for hours, made mud pies with sticks (and even tried eating said pies), cut off all of our precious dolls hair and named them after each other. We were equally upset when it was the end of our play time together. My bond with this particular friend was what paved the way for my future friendships.