Caring for our baby plants

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by Megan A few weeks ago we started the first steps of planting our backyard garden. I love the tradition of starting seeds inside with the children. We can get an up close view of the sprouting of the seeds and are easily able to care for the plants from the very beginning. With all of our work this year … Read More

What colors are your eyes?

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By Jackie Friends in Elm House has been noticing each other’s eye colors for a while, they would looked at each other’s eyes and called out the colors they saw. This Tuesday, me and the second group of after-nap children gathered in the studio around the table and took turns looking into our eyes and identified our eye colors. This … Read More

Thoughts about ‘Yes!’

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by Mage We all love it when ‘yes’ is one of a child’s first words, and used abundantly. Some children eventually switch from ‘yes’ to ‘no’ as the go-to word, and I’ve heard a lot of parents grieve about that when it happens. I know that I personally grieve a little bit when this happens, as well. Only recently did … Read More

The Babies Get a Bath

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By Laurie Last week the children had the opportunity to explore ice several days in a row in the sensory bins in the studio. Ice from the ice maker, ice with food coloring, ice with little toys frozen in it: day after day the ice exploration went from one interesting provocation to the next, each building upon the other. Children … Read More

Making use of daily materials

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By Jackie     Since we started getting our produce in bulk, we have some empty big boxes sitting in the garage. The hoarder/preschool teacher of me kicked in, “What can we do with dose?”  I wondered.      A window was cut on the side and here is a little house! I brought it in and introduced it to our … Read More

We Made a House For Our Friends

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By Laurie We have evolved our Anti-Bias Spotlight at Elm House from “home”, to encompass the idea of structures, being safe, finding shelter and nestling together in the theme “build”. The children were exploring this idea of building with creating out of playdoh, rocks, plastic Duplos and boxes.

More Worm Exloration

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By Laurie The stumps in our backyard stump circle, where we often look to find worms in wet weather, are far too heavy for children to lift by themselves. Often our kiddos will ask the help of a teacher to explore the underside of the stumps- where we find slugs, bugs, strange plant life as well as wiggly worms!


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By Jackie   Lately, I have been noticing how children are drawn to some gender specific/stereotypical toys, like boys to trucks, big machines or fighting games; and girls to dolls, stuffed animals, or anything that’s soft and pink. Yesterday, a video about gender stereotyped toys pop up in my Facebook feed(attached at the end of this post). It motivated me … Read More

Reading in French with Angelique

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by Megan We know that the youngest child is constantly absorbing language from their environments and at this age are usually experiencing little “explosions” in vocabulary. Children are always listening, always categorizing, questioning, playing and incorporating new words from their experiences.  At Elm House we have a few families that speak other languages at home; some speak Spanish and/or French. … Read More