PaJaMa RaMa!

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by Katee The much anticipated Pajama Day has been an exciting success today.  The children entered a darkened classroom set up with little places to hide, a place to cozy up by a little fireplace, and lots of room to show their stuffies around with flashlights.  We read stories, played games, made shadow puppet shows, and sang lots of lullabies.  … 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

The Babies Get a Bath

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By Laurie Last week the children had the opportunity to explore ice several days in a row in the sensory bins in the studio. Ice from the ice maker, ice with food coloring, ice with little toys frozen in it: day after day the ice exploration went from one interesting provocation to the next, each building upon the other. Children … Read More

“My Anger Lives in a Bear Cave”

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by Katee Today we played in the clay again- during morning free time and also with a small group during choice time.  I asked the children to think about anger and construct anger monsters in this new medium.  As usual, I started with a small plan and tried to follow the children in their own amazing direction.  SM provoked everyone … 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.

More Worm Exloration

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By Laurie The stumps in our backyard stump circle, where we often look to find worms in wet weather, are far too heavy for children to lift by themselves. Often our kiddos will ask the help of a teacher to explore the underside of the stumps- where we find slugs, bugs, strange plant life as well as wiggly worms!

Hibernation Hunters

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by Katee Yesterday some of us ventured out of the gates of school and walked the neighborhood in search of squirrel nests.  There is more than one nest visible from our yard and we went exploring to find more.  I told them that when all the leaves leave the trees, we can better see the nests the squirrels build- they … Read More

Wind exploration

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We have had some windy days since fall. We watched how the trees wave from our windows; we thrown leaves and watch them fly down in the backyard. Laurie brought some ribbon rings to school and watching their movements has been one of our favorite activities.                 So, together, we started to notice … Read More

micro & MACRO

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By Nora As our garden has been resting for the winter (taking in the benefits of all the care and conditioning we put into the soil this fall!) we have not been doing much garden work lately. Our garlic is getting bigger every day and our little rye cover crops are out but covered up by the frost blanket. Pretty … 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!