Guess that smell!

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by Alisha Today we tested our sense of smell. I put different scents in jars wrapped in paper and covered with a mesh top. I used scents that have fairly strong smells. There was ketchup, banana, sunbutter and the soap we use in the bathroom. The soap was the hardest thing to guess and the sunbutter was mistaken for peanut … Read More

Happy Love Day!!!!

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by Alisha Today was a super special Valentine’s Day filled with love. Each day the kids have been eager to see what our secret admirer has gifted us. Today our secret admirer left us a note that said, “Clue #1”. We realized that our secret admirer was sending us on a treasure hunt! Everyone was SOOOO excited!! In the end, … 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

In my heart!

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by Alisha Today all the children were ready to tell Heidi about our secret admirer and about how much love we have in our classroom. This lead to Heidi singing this song with us!

Making use of daily materials

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By Jackie     Since we started getting our produce in bulk, we have some empty big boxes sitting in the garage. The hoarder/preschool teacher of me kicked in, “What can we do with dose?”  I wondered.      A window was cut on the side and here is a little house! I brought it in and introduced it to our … Read More


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By Jackie   Lately, I have been noticing how children are drawn to some gender specific/stereotypical toys, like boys to trucks, big machines or fighting games; and girls to dolls, stuffed animals, or anything that’s soft and pink. Yesterday, a video about gender stereotyped toys pop up in my Facebook feed(attached at the end of this post). It motivated me … 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

Fire Drill

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By Katee Last week we had a fire drill.  This is a necessary practice that can sometimes be a little scary to do with these vivid imaginations among us. We always emphasize that there is not going to be a real fire today and that it is just extra safe to practice these things so everyone has the tools they … 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