Beans and Hummus too

tuliptreeadminElm House Blog5 Comments

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

tuliptreeadminElm House Blog0 Comments

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

tuliptreeadminElm House Blog0 Comments

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

tuliptreeadminElm House Blog2 Comments

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

tuliptreeadminElm House Blog5 Comments

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

tuliptreeadminElm House Blog2 Comments

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

Ice! Water! and other outside warm weather adventures…

tuliptreeadminElm House Blog0 Comments

By Lainy Ice exploration with plastic animals Day 1 Day 2 It’s grey today (“Where are you Mr. Golden Sun?”) but we have had tastes of summer over the last couple of months.  With summer comes outside sensory exploration and using the yard as an extension of our school. We have been thrilled about using the “new” rock area for … Read More

Cleaning

tuliptreeadminElm House Blog2 Comments

by Mage This morning a small group came with me to the studio to paint, using one of our houseplants as inspiration. After we painted, there was, of course, quite a lot of paint on the brushes, the caps we put the paint in, and the table. The children noticed me working to clean this up, and came over to … Read More

Inspired by Nature

tuliptreeadminElm House Blog0 Comments

by Mage On Monday a small group came to the Nest with me to work on a drawing and collage piece, with daisies clipped from our front yard as inspiration. 

When we work together

tuliptreeadminElm House Blog0 Comments

By Megan Earlier this month we hosted our bi-annual garden work party. We were so happy that so many of our families showed up to help us with some much needed clean up after such a harsh winter! We want to say thank you to everyone who contributed their time, who brought food for sharing and for all of your … Read More