Zenger Farm Fieldtrip

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by Megan This summer we wanted to try something new and take the children and their parents on an outing. Zenger Farm, a urban farm that’s within a couple of miles of Elm House welcomed our group of families. With all of the garden enhancement work that we have done at Elm House over the last year, we wanted to … Read More

Blueberry & Raspberry Exploration

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by Megan Our very well cared for gardens have been repaying us with a bounty of flowers, vegetables and fruits. The children have just noticed in the past week that the raspberry bush finally has ripe fruit on it! They have been exploring the bramble, reaching up high, crawling down low-and using some cooperative tactics to pick these beautiful berries. … Read More

Visual Aide’s & Help Me Learn to Help Myself

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by Megan You might have noticed a few new visual aide’s or posters around Elm House. We have posted these ‘cue cards’ in strategic places around the school to help the children internalize our routines and to help outline the steps for many recurring parts of our day, such as, getting dressed, using the toilet or getting a diaper change, … Read More

When we work together

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By Megan Earlier this month we hosted our bi-annual garden work party. We were so happy that so many of our families showed up to help us with some much needed clean up after such a harsh winter! We want to say thank you to everyone who contributed their time, who brought food for sharing and for all of your … Read More

Nature Walks

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By Megan Now that the Elm House children are all a bit older and have more endurance, we will be taking small groups on walks around the neighborhood. Our intentions here are to notice the natural worlds wonders, gather natural materials to enhance our curriculum, to chart the growth of new gardens and to connect with the people in our … Read More

“We saw seeds.”

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by Mage This week we have been talking about pumpkins, making predictions about what will be inside, and then opening them up and inspecting them. Today we opened a second pumpkin in our backyard.   Mage: Do you remember when we opened the first pumpkin? What did we find inside that pumpkin? Isaac: We saw seeds. Mage: And what do … Read More

Mentors

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by Mage In the Seed’s room, we have lately been bringing in one or two of the older children each morning to hang out with the Seeds and act as role models. This choice was made, in part, to prepare both the more experienced children and the newer children for eventually sharing space together full time. The idea is to … Read More

Lights, camera, action

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by Mage Hey families, Bit of a long post for you today. If your children were here last year, you probably know about the light studies that we worked on with the children, especially with the overhead projector and flashlights. You may also know about the full body painting, which many of the children participated in. This year I’ve been … Read More

Children As Collaborators

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By Megan At Elm House we involve, invite and encourage the children to collaborate with us in their learning and understanding of the world. Observing children, truly listening and aiming to answer their questions in ways that they can understand is a large part of our work and what is essential for our emergent curriculum. We view learning as a … Read More