Valentine’s Day is for everyone

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by Megan In an effort to spread love and kindness throughout our school community and beyond, we made Valentine’s for our families, and also for the people who inhabit Right to Dream Too, a local non profit organization that gives shelter and a safe place to sleep for unhoused people. Along with our friends at Tulip Tree Preschool, we donated … Read More

What colors are your eyes?

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By Jackie Friends in Elm House has been noticing each other’s eye colors for a while, they would looked at each other’s eyes and called out the colors they saw. This Tuesday, me and the second group of after-nap children gathered in the studio around the table and took turns looking into our eyes and identified our eye colors. This … Read More

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.


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By Jackie   Lately, I have been noticing how children are drawn to some gender specific/stereotypical toys, like boys to trucks, big machines or fighting games; and girls to dolls, stuffed animals, or anything that’s soft and pink. Yesterday, a video about gender stereotyped toys pop up in my Facebook feed(attached at the end of this post). It motivated me … Read More

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

Cooking for Others, Toddler Edition

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by Megan Last week we continued to follow our threads of learning about homes and food security with the toddlers, by baking sweets and cooking savory foods for the Sisters of the Road Cafe. Sisters of the Road is a cafe downtown that is open to anyone that provides a safe environment to eat a nourishing meal at a very … Read More

Taking Care of Alisha

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by Katee As many of you know, Alisha had knee surgery over the winter break following a volleyball injury that happened this fall.  Alisha is back at school although she is still very much healing.  She has tools to help her- a crutch (or crotch, or critch, or grinch, depending on which student you ask), she has ice packs, medicine, … Read More

Cooking for Others

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By Nora If you read last week’s blog post you know that we have been having some conversations about how it can be hard for many people in our community to consistently have good food to eat. We have discussed that this could be due to not having a house that has a kitchen, not having enough money to buy … Read More

Maddi’s Fridge

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By Nora “If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound with mine then let us work together.” -Lilla Watson This week as a group we have been reading and discussing the book Maddi’s Fridge by Lois Brandt. This book explores big themes of hunger, food access, … Read More

What Makes a Rainbow?

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By Laurie I’m noticing as I scroll through my photos there are so many images of our kiddos exploring color, drawing circles, and I have a small collection of photographs of children making rainbows. Connecting the drawing that is happening with our light & color work, as well as the exploration that happens with chalk outside and on the stumps, … Read More