Plants as Provocation

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By Laurie “Time in nature is not leisure time; it’s an essential investment in our children’s health (and also, by the way, in our own).” ― Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods A few years ago I read Richard Louv’s Last Child in the Woods, and it has left an indelible impression on me. At the time my nephews were attending … Read More

Have you heard about the Blue Monster?

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By Laurie There’s a little rumor going around that there is a Blue Monster living in the Tiny Elm House in our outside play space. Legend (among the children) tells that this monster, though very very small, is quite scary… but has a sweet tooth! Our monster LOVES cupcakes! And Birthday cake! And cookies! (with sprinkles of course!)

Musical Parent Night

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By Jackie and Laurie Just recently, Heidi came to hang out with us for parent night! Parents have been hearing their little ones bringing pieces of music home from music time with Heidi on Wednesdays and curious about what those songs are. So she brought many of her cool instruments and sang us her signature songs! We all sat in … Read More

Working with Spring Colors

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By Laurie Flowers are popping up around our neighborhood, and we all have that Springlike feeling in PDX! As we are working on noticing colors and the natural world, my groups have done some projects in painting with spring colors and the new flowers we are collecting from outside. 

We Made a House For Our Friends

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By Laurie We have evolved our Anti-Bias Spotlight at Elm House from “home”, to encompass the idea of structures, being safe, finding shelter and nestling together in the theme “build”. The children were exploring this idea of building with creating out of playdoh, rocks, plastic Duplos and boxes.

Reading in French with Angelique

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by Megan We know that the youngest child is constantly absorbing language from their environments and at this age are usually experiencing little “explosions” in vocabulary. Children are always listening, always categorizing, questioning, playing and incorporating new words from their experiences.  At Elm House we have a few families that speak other languages at home; some speak Spanish and/or French. … Read More

A Week of Creativity

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By Laurie It was quite a week of creativity, sensory play, introducing new and interesting materials (glue! ice!), and getting messy, sticky, painty in order to try something out. Let’s take a scroll through some of what we did!

Sunset Stories

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By Laurie This Autumn we were noticing some of the storytelling our children were doing around rainbows, what color is, the nature of light (is it alive? what creates light and shadow? what is in me, and outside of me?) and where rainbows come from. I’ve been interested in keeping that spirit of inquiry going, and listening for what stories … Read More

Connecting Through Music

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By Laurie When our school year kicked off, it was clear that language was going to be an opportunity to explore difference, family culture, and our shared experiences with this group of toddlers, families and teachers. Our group of Spanish, French and Chinese speaking teachers and children as well as our kiddos who aren’t yet speaking (and everywhere in-between!) means … Read More

Visual Aide’s & Help Me Learn to Help Myself

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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