What do we wear on our heads

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By Jackie I have accumulated a lot of documentations of Elm House friends wearing all kinds of materials on their head. There is so much fun in finding different things that will fit or stay on our heads.                                 I decided to explore “things we … Read More

Plants as Provocation

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By Laurie “Time in nature is not leisure time; it’s an essential investment in our children’s health (and also, by the way, in our own).” ― Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods A few years ago I read Richard Louv’s Last Child in the Woods, and it has left an indelible impression on me. At the time my nephews were attending … Read More

shadows and light

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By Jackie Inspired by a lot of the projector/flash lights work by other Elm House teachers, I thought I explore shadows with our Elm House friends. I started  pointing out shadows to them when we have those golden sunny days. Once in the backyard, after I introduced his shadow to him, ZP started saying hi to his shadow, saying:”Hi Z’s … Read More

Tulip Tree at Design Week

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By Katee We received a very special invitation this week to participate in Portland Design Week 2018!  One of our amazing parents who works for a local design company is hosting a fun experiment that will be on display there.  The experiment asks a variety of peoples to design a shirt with some knowns and some variables that will be … Read More

We Paint a Rainbow

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By Laurie The rainbow has played an important reoccurring role as a character of curiosity in our classroom and project work this year. Appearing on sunny days from prisms and crystals throughout the school, there have been questions and pretend play in interacting with these ethereal visions.

Working with Spring Colors

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By Laurie Flowers are popping up around our neighborhood, and we all have that Springlike feeling in PDX! As we are working on noticing colors and the natural world, my groups have done some projects in painting with spring colors and the new flowers we are collecting from outside. 

The Babies Get a Bath

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By Laurie Last week the children had the opportunity to explore ice several days in a row in the sensory bins in the studio. Ice from the ice maker, ice with food coloring, ice with little toys frozen in it: day after day the ice exploration went from one interesting provocation to the next, each building upon the other. Children … Read More

“My Anger Lives in a Bear Cave”

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by Katee Today we played in the clay again- during morning free time and also with a small group during choice time.  I asked the children to think about anger and construct anger monsters in this new medium.  As usual, I started with a small plan and tried to follow the children in their own amazing direction.  SM provoked everyone … Read More

We Made a House For Our Friends

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By Laurie We have evolved our Anti-Bias Spotlight at Elm House from “home”, to encompass the idea of structures, being safe, finding shelter and nestling together in the theme “build”. The children were exploring this idea of building with creating out of playdoh, rocks, plastic Duplos and boxes.