Nests and eggs

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by Mage Recently, some of the children found large, painted white rocks in our backyard. They carry these rocks around in their arms, talking about “eggs.” One day, when CG was talking to me about one of these “eggs,” I asked, “What do eggs need?” CG said, “A nest!” “Would you like to build a nest?” I asked. “Yes!”

Sensory Brushes & Consent Culture

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By Laurie Our introduction of sensory brushes as a tool for the children in transitions this year went in directions we couldn’t have expected, but has been really wonderful to watch. Sensory brushes are used in a very specific brushing protocol, often proscribed by an occupational therapist (O.T.), in order to bring an overstimulated or sensory-avoiding system into regulation. For … Read More

Screen time

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by Mage As the children at Elm House grow older, they tell us many stories. Stories that they made up on the spot, stories about their lives outside of school–both fiction and non-fiction, and they also tell us stories about what they saw on screens. “Last night I watched a movie!” one child told me, recently. “You watched a movie? … Read More

Thank You’s & Mirrorwork

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By Laurie First of all I want to start off with a big thank you to our school community for helping us in numerous ways stay healthy, especially last week! Being healthy was a BIG subject at Elm House and our families who came to school helped us out with special attention to hand washing and picking up those wet … Read More

What do we wear on our heads

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By Jackie I have accumulated a lot of documentations of Elm House friends wearing all kinds of materials on their head. There is so much fun in finding different things that will fit or stay on our heads.                                 I decided to explore “things we … Read More

Balance

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A child stands on a balance beam while another prepares to stand on it

By Mage Over the past few weeks, some of the children have shown a growing interest in balance. This has been especially seen in the backyard, where the children are making use of the balance beams. Together with teachers, they move and position the beams around the yard, setting them onto other structures such as the stumps or the wooden … Read More

Teamwork Train

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by Megan Earlier today while we were playing outside, there was a large group of children gathering around the red wooden stool.  It was starting to get pretty busy and voices were getting louder, so I moved closer to see what the children were up to. As I arrived ZP fell off of the end of the stool onto the … Read More

Working on our Skills

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By Laurie Our magical week of sun last week seemed to bring out of the shadows much of the new learning and skills showing up around Elm House. With the sunny weather, kiddos were eager to get outside, dig in the sandbox, dip their hands (and all sorts of other things!) in the water table, run and shout and jump … Read More

Plants as Provocation

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By Laurie “Time in nature is not leisure time; it’s an essential investment in our children’s health (and also, by the way, in our own).” ― Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods A few years ago I read Richard Louv’s Last Child in the Woods, and it has left an indelible impression on me. At the time my nephews were attending … Read More