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

Furry Friend Visitor

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by Katee We had a very special guest come to our classroom last week. It wasn’t anyone’s parent with a special talent this time- it was a puppy!  Alisha has a close friend with a sweet 3 month old Australian shepherd named Frankie, and asked if they could come for a visit sometime.  They came and sat at circle with … Read More

Working on our Skills

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By Laurie Our magical week of sun last week seemed to bring out of the shadows much of the new learning and skills showing up around Elm House. With the sunny weather, kiddos were eager to get outside, dig in the sandbox, dip their hands (and all sorts of other things!) in the water table, run and shout and jump … Read More

Talking about Taking Turns

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By Laurie The concept of turn taking has been something we have been working on with special focus, especially since the word “mine!” started sweeping through Elm House and subsequent grabbing and pushing in regards to toys. The following is a conversation between myself and some of our older children, who worked together to set up an imaginary firefighter game. … Read More

Wishing Caroline Well

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By Katee Today we said farewell to a special friend- Caroline.  The children worked together to make her a card yesterday- painted in watercolor, and filled with wishes.  We talked about what it feels like to move to a new place or new house, and how it feels to leave a familiar home.  The children shared stories of moving and … Read More

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

Spicy Work

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By Amber Today we did Spicy Work! There are three simple rules: Teachers assign partners Partners must stay together Partners can only move from one activity to another when both agree This can be very challenging for some children. They typically have control over all their own activities and choices. It can be hard to navigate play time when you … Read More

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!