Summer garden care

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by Mage In the hot summer, using a hose to water the plants in our garden is a big activity both in the morning and afternoon at Elm House. The children love to hold the hose, fill buckets and watering cans, and to water all of our flowers and bushes. It keeps them cool, and our garden beautiful and healthy. … Read More

Many Roads to Nourishment

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by Megan Sitting down for meals at Elm House are very special times of day. Meal times signify a time for us to be together taking care of our bodies by eating and drinking. Each time we sit together we grow closer through this shared experience, telling stories about our day, helping clean up spills, reading books, singing our blessing … Read More

The right to self-determination.

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by Mage While young children are in the process of developing their sense of autonomy, including aspects of identity such as race and gender(s), some of them will change their names. For some children, name changing is an experiment and a child might change their name every few weeks, or even every few hours… For other children, name changing is … Read More

Goodbyes and Rainbows!

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by Alisha Our  last week of school for the school year has been filled with excitement and sadness and everything in between. We have had lots of feelings this week! Some people will be moving on to kindergarten in the fall, some people will be going to different schools in the fall, some people will be here for the summer … Read More

Neighborhood activism

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By Nora For the past several Fridays we have been going for “trash walks” around the block to prevent trash from going into the sewers and making their way into the rivers, lakes, and ocean. Last Friday, it was raining so we took that as an opportunity to make some signs letting our neighbors know about where our trash goes … Read More

Preschool in Pajamas

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by Katee A much anticipated pajama day is happening around here and the kids have been jumping with excitement all day.  Children remind us all that being in your pajamas doesn’t necessarily mean you’re ready for lazy cuddles and lullabies.  This morning we built forts with tables and fabric, played in the dark and with projected nocturnal animals, snuggled stuffies … Read More

So many birthdays!

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By Amber Last month we celebrated MH’s 4th birthday! It was a very special celebration because his grandparents were able to join us! We saw some baby pictures of MH and he showed us his special froggy stuffy. Happy Birthday MH! This month we celebrated FOUR birthdays in the last two weeks! NC turned 5! This is his last year … Read More

Leaves We Eat

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By Nora Last week we did a taste test of 4 different leaves from the garden: arugula, lettuce, spinach, and kale. Nine children participated and they made a vote on each leaf. After each taste they decided whether they “liked it!” or “didn’t like it yet”. Depending on what they decided, they made a check mark next to a smiley … Read More

Ladybug Caterpillars

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by Mage Lately the hops bine in our backyard has been bursting with ladybug larvae, which the children call “ladybug caterpillars.” There has been much interest and amusement with these tiny creatures living in our backyard. Here are some reflections from today.

Trash Walks

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By Nora The children have been really passionate lately about keeping the neighborhood litter-free. Last month, the topic of “marine debris” came up, and the children were appalled to learn that there is trash in the ocean that can hurt animals. We have been talking about what we can do in our own lives to keep trash out of the … Read More