Experimenting with Cardboard

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By Kerry When initially setting up our new block room, a peg board was installed and multi-colored pegs (golf tees) were supplied for the children to experiment with. Up until recently, the pegs had been used primarily for collecting, spreading on the floor, or hiding inside of temporary structures. This week, some assorted, recycled, cardboard boxes were added to the … 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

Taking Care of Alisha

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by Katee As many of you know, Alisha had knee surgery over the winter break following a volleyball injury that happened this fall.  Alisha is back at school although she is still very much healing.  She has tools to help her- a crutch (or crotch, or critch, or grinch, depending on which student you ask), she has ice packs, medicine, … Read More

Friends learning from friends

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By Jackie Hi! This is Jackie. It has been a fun and busy first 4 months for me. I would like to devote my first blog post to moments I observe in Elm House when children learn from each other. Teachers are not the only ones who are doing the teaching, as a matter of fact, friends learn from one … Read More

Spirals Everywhere

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by Katee Today I brought in a new book to share with the children about spirals in nature.  I often get compliments on my Fibonacci sequence earrings from the children and I’d also noticed some of the kids drawing spirals lately.   So I found a book that I was excited to explore with them that is about just that.  It … Read More

Supporting Rough Play

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by Katee It is a topic that we address each year, and each year is so important to address. Rough play, horseplay, roughhousing – it’s something all little animals do as a part of their development and human children are no exception.  Children learn physical skills from this play including controlling muscle movements, they learn social and emotional skills including … Read More

The grace of a grasshopper

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By Nora “There is a lushness to how the mind works” -Bell Hooks This week I witnessed a lengthy conversation between four children in front of the elephant wall. They had found a small grasshopper and wanted to witness it moving. The grasshopper was very still, and all of the children at some point questioned its aliveness. The conversation, which … Read More

Meeting of the Elders

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by Katee Yesterday I called a meeting of some of our eldest children of the school.  Many of our eldest children are younger siblings, or only children of a family and this role has seemed especially strange to some. It can be hard to keep patience with incoming friends that don’t know the ins and outs of our classroom and … Read More

“The Library is for everybody, right?” -SH

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By Amber Last week we began our exploration and discussion of disability. Some of the children had already been talking about some of these topics at home and were happy to share their knowledge with us! One afternoon CL and EP took me to their special hospital inside the elephant wall that builds wheelchairs and makes prosthetics for people who … Read More