Revisiting old themes in a new year

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by Mage Elm House opened last week to begin our third year, and in some ways, it feels like going back to the first year. That’s because in our first year, we started with a group of children who were all two and under, and in our second year, many of those children grew up with us. Now Elm House … Read More

Growing up

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by Megan Well, we can’t believe it, but it’s the end of August already. It’s that especially sentimental time of the year where we say our goodbye’s to many of the children, as they move up to preschool. We look back on our time with your children fondly, and wish you all the best in your new adventures! We will … Read More

Zenger Farm Fieldtrip

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by Megan This summer we wanted to try something new and take the children and their parents on an outing. Zenger Farm, a urban farm that’s within a couple of miles of Elm House welcomed our group of families. With all of the garden enhancement work that we have done at Elm House over the last year, we wanted to … Read More

Revisiting Rowan Berries

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by Mage The tree with the orange berries in the farthest left corner of our backyard is called a rowan tree. The berries do not look edible, but they are. They are very astringent, and medicinal. Last year many of the children tasted the berries, and found that they weren’t tasty. They continued to try them regularly for some time, … Read More

Beans and Hummus too

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by Megan Food has got to be one of my favorite things to think about and I love sharing food related experiences with the children. Recently I ate some of  the best hummus of my life at a new Israeli restaurant (ask me where if you’re curious), and I am on a quest to recreate it with the children. We … Read More

Creative use of chairs

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by Mage A little over a month ago, Megan and I bought a set of chairs and a table for the children to use in the backyard. Since the chairs are plastic and a bit unstable, we made an agreement that the chairs are for sitting on only (not for standing on or jumping from). After testing it out themselves, … Read More

A Spark of Interest

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by Megan I want you to think back, way back, to when you were a child. Did you have a favorite toy? Did you have an interest so strong that you devoted all of your spare time to an activity? Ok, now that you’ve got that one thing in the forefront of your mind, I want you to think of … Read More

Blueberry & Raspberry Exploration

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by Megan Our very well cared for gardens have been repaying us with a bounty of flowers, vegetables and fruits. The children have just noticed in the past week that the raspberry bush finally has ripe fruit on it! They have been exploring the bramble, reaching up high, crawling down low-and using some cooperative tactics to pick these beautiful berries. … Read More

Soap Dispenser Painting

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by Mage This morning I took a group of children to the studio to paint, using soap dispensers to dispense tempera paint mixed with water. We had never tried this activity before, and I thought it would help the children to practice with soap dispensers more. Also, I only had two dispensers, so I thought this would be a good … Read More

Visual Aide’s & Help Me Learn to Help Myself

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by Megan You might have noticed a few new visual aide’s or posters around Elm House. We have posted these ‘cue cards’ in strategic places around the school to help the children internalize our routines and to help outline the steps for many recurring parts of our day, such as, getting dressed, using the toilet or getting a diaper change, … Read More