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

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

Face puzzle

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By Jackie At one of our teacher meeting, I mentioned my searching for directions to go after my conversation about our eye colors. I thought of a face puzzle but was afraid that it would be too complicated for some younger children. Laurie mentioned that I can do a very simple puzzle by folding the pictures in half. I thought … Read More

Thank You’s & Mirrorwork

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By Laurie First of all I want to start off with a big thank you to our school community for helping us in numerous ways stay healthy, especially last week! Being healthy was a BIG subject at Elm House and our families who came to school helped us out with special attention to hand washing and picking up those wet … Read More

What do we wear on our heads

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By Jackie I have accumulated a lot of documentations of Elm House friends wearing all kinds of materials on their head. There is so much fun in finding different things that will fit or stay on our heads.                                 I decided to explore “things we … Read More

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

shadows and light

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By Jackie Inspired by a lot of the projector/flash lights work by other Elm House teachers, I thought I explore shadows with our Elm House friends. I started  pointing out shadows to them when we have those golden sunny days. Once in the backyard, after I introduced his shadow to him, ZP started saying hi to his shadow, saying:”Hi Z’s … Read More

Gardening

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By Nora This week we did a lot of work getting the garden ready for spring. It is finally consistently above freezing and our peas are bursting out of the soil. Our garlic continues to grow and grow. We transplanted our baby tomato plants growing in the windowsill into some bigger containers. We also recently acquired to garden beds that … Read More

Trucks! trucks! trucks!

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By Jackie   This week, outside of Elm House, a construction crew brought their cool construction trucks and tool to the street and carried out a pipe renewal project. This bring a lot of excitement to Elm House! We already have a few truck enthusiasts here, watching the trucks in action enable them to share their passion with many other … Read More