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

Bluego the flying spider

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By Jackie We have a flying spider named Bluego in our backyard. It hangs out under our stumps, around the corners of our deck, toy box, sand box and garden bed. We are always very excited when Bluego shows up. We had many conversations about Bluego. We wonder if it has a family and what do they do as a family, … Read More

LS’s Creation Story

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By Laurie Is getting ready to say goodbye to LS, who is making the move to preschool, we have been looking at a lot of old photos and talking about what once was (babyhood) and what is to come (what to expect at preschool). This is coinciding with our several month long reading and rereading of Raven: A Pacific Northwest … 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

Imaginary Play

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By Laurie In reviewing my week in photos and notes, I’m really struck by how we are seeing the developmental stages of this year’s range of toddlers (1’s-3’s) work together as the Just-Turned-3’s really shine in their mentorship, while at the same time are totally swept away in the fast, exciting world of imaginative play and want to branch away … Read More

Nick Wears A Tutu

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by Alisha Yesterday I overheard a group of children talking to each other in the cubby room about their thoughts on boys wearing skirts or dresses. I was surprised to hear that many of the children said that boys can’t wear skirts. One child said that boys can wear skirts. In response, a child said, “No! Boys can’t wear dresses … Read More

Sensory Brushes & Consent Culture

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By Laurie Our introduction of sensory brushes as a tool for the children in transitions this year went in directions we couldn’t have expected, but has been really wonderful to watch. Sensory brushes are used in a very specific brushing protocol, often proscribed by an occupational therapist (O.T.), in order to bring an overstimulated or sensory-avoiding system into regulation. For … Read More

The Gift of Song

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by katee Sometimes, on special occasion, I like to write songs with the children.  I’ve learned that the process has to be somewhat swift or it all falls apart and they don’t really have fun with it any longer.  I usually give the children a topic and we just throw out ideas, and knowledge, and feelings that swirl around that … Read More