Stop. Observe. Reflect. Bask.

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By Bee I made a note on February 9th that reads, “Luca fell on climber. Bee signs, ‘Are you okay?’ Luca verbally responds, ‘Ok!’ and smiles.” I remember the moment I jotted that note down vividly; this simple exchange was a huge step in self regulation for Luca, who up until this point, was likely to become very upset by stumbling. … Read More

“And it was a beautiful butterfly!!!”

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By Shella We have been talking about Spring and weather changes here and there in the Elm Room. The kids are extremely interested in the beautiful flowers blooming all over the front and backyard, including the Magnolia tree. Daylight savings also happened, and this morning when I mentioned that it would be lighter, later, the kids were interested. I explained, … Read More

“Can you hold the light?”

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by Mage This wednesday at Elm House we were fortunate to have Kate visit us with a special star light projector from home. After our afternoon snack, the Seeds and Sprouts went down to the basement, where Kate set up the projector. Our basement ceiling was lit up with beautiful celestial blue clouds, and undulating green stars. When the projector … Read More

Look at me lookin’ at me!

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By Bee Monday afternoon I added some new documentation to the Sprout room. Photos of scrub jays were added below our observation window. A calendar of pictures displaying the childrens growth since the beginning of school is now on display in the corner. Many of the ASL signs we use in class are now pictured above the baseboards. Why? Why … Read More

Joy.

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I’m pausing this week and taking a moment to observe all of the joy and happiness I see on the little faces of the Elm kids every day. I was scrolling through some pictures taken in the last few weeks. So many smiles, laughs, silly and sweet moments are happening all of the time. It can be easy to forget as … Read More

Woom & DIIIT

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By Mage This transitional period between winter and spring has been a fascinating time to explore nature with the children. Recently when we went to the tennis courts and the rain began to pour down right after we arrived, worms came out of the surrounding muddy fields, and slithered onto the tennis courts. The children were very interested in the … Read More

What’s this?

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By Bee Last week I arrived to work wearing a new necklace. My friend, Luca, immediately noticed and began touching it. I attempted, and failed, to properly document this moment. Although I’ve worn the same necklace every day since then, it provoked no further reaction until yesterday.

Come to our Gramberry party!

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By: Shella In the past, I have talked about the wild imaginations of the children in the Elm Room. These children are great at their wonderful make-believe play. We have seen them pretend to be many things: babies, Mommy’s, Daddy’s, Princess’ etc. The kids in the Elm Room tell me sometimes that they are suddenly “on a train” or “going … Read More

What’s that in the window?

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By Mage I have observed a curious pattern happening in the Seed room over the last couple of weeks. A couple of weeks ago, I saw Sen put the close-up images of eyes along the edge of the windows in our classroom.