First Walk

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by Megan The stars aligned today for a neighborhood stroller walk.  With the good weather, a few less children than expected and a neighbors noisy construction project next door-we were inspired to go find where all the beautiful spring blooms that have been showing up in our outdoor classroom were coming from. A leisurely walk around the block searching for, … Read More

Green is the color of new life

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by Megan The February fake out was especially dramatic this year. With temperatures soaring into the 60’s and the sun shining for weeks, we thought we were almost there. And then…we had a few snow days. The snow on the fresh new green grass that had sprouted in the backyard was especially dramatic this year. About a week before the … Read More

A trip to The Wonder of Learning exhibit

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by Mage Last Saturday I took a trip to Seattle to visit The Wonder of Learning exhibit, hosted by Reggio Children. You can read more about where to find the exhibit, as well as information on the displays, here. Photographing the exhibit panels was not allowed; however, I was allowed to photograph the mini-atelier spaces which were set up around the … Read More

Caring for our baby plants

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by Megan A few weeks ago we started the first steps of planting our backyard garden. I love the tradition of starting seeds inside with the children. We can get an up close view of the sprouting of the seeds and are easily able to care for the plants from the very beginning. With all of our work this year … Read More

A Fizzy Reaction

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by Mage Continuing to explore the theme of transformation, this week I introduced the baking soda and vinegar reaction to the children in the Nest.

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