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
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
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.
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
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
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
by Mage Something I find myself struggling with many days (sometimes all day, every day) is messiness. You know what I’m talking about: bodies, clothes and floors (dare I mention walls?) covered in mud, food, paint, toys, etc. There is a big part of me that wants to control all of this mess, reign it in, and most of all … Read More
By Bee Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. For everything.Thank you for sharing the most precious thing in your entire world with us, our lives wouldn’t be the same if you didn’t. Thank you for trusting us, your children feel it. Thank you for acknowledging the feelings of the children. Accepting their feelings in the moment without trying to … Read More
By Shella My oh my, how the Elm Room has changed since I first stepped into my classroom three months ago! We have added a few new faces, tested some boundaries and learned so many things about one another. A recent development in our classroom has been the use of such great imagination. In the past, the children have acted … Read More
by Mage Some of the parents have been asking what meals look like at Elm House, and what they should be doing at home. Today I’m going to give you a glimpse into what we do during meals at Elm House.