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by Mage “I cannot make you understand. I cannot make anyone understand what is happening inside me. I cannot even explain it to myself.” -Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis Transformation is a big idea which the children at Elm house have been exploring for the past few months, and it’s something I’ve been reflecting on often while designing curriculum.   Most of you … Read More

And Nibbled All the Trees

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By Laura During a story appointment today, LRK decided, “I’m going to find a story in the dress-ups and I’ll include  AH’s characters when she dresses up in my story.” With no less than eight costume changes she told the following story: LRK was walking along and she found a fox. And then a wolf came. And then the bear. … Read More

One Little Daffodil

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By Laura Sarah Lu has been teaching us all a new spring rhyme . . . One little daffodil, with nothing much to do. Out popped another and then there were two. Two little daffodils, smiling at a bee.

Adventures in Wondering

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Tuliptree Friday Science started when I was driving to work listening to NPR and thought, “Oh! There’s a theme for summer camp!” But it wasn’t emergent until the children and I started wondering together. And then a transformation in all of us happened. Some of our best wonderings were about houses without porches, the preciousness of water, how magic works, and who you can help with money from a lemonade stand…


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Experiences nurture language, and leads to reading words. When we experience a book in our circle, the children have a chance to connect their own worlds with the world of the characters in the book.