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.

Red or Green?

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by Mage Today in the Seed room we spent some time together painting. Some things were typical of our painting sessions: the children had paint, tools (today they had cardboard tubes), paper, and were painting together as a group. However, today I thought I would try a different approach and invite the children to make a color choice with their … Read More

One person’s trash…

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by Mage Happy New Year, families! Given that today is our first day back at school, due to the slippery ice situation, I must admit that there isn’t much to update you on this week as far as the children’s activities in class. Instead, it occurred to me that now, at the beginning of the new year, would be a … Read More


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By Bee Today we celebrated the solstice. Together we decorated treats, sang, and reflected on light. Elm House was filled with laughter and merriment. As I sat and watched the children and families interacting with one other, it occurred to me that we weren’t celebrating just the solstice occurring in nature, we were celebrating a solstice of sorts within our … Read More