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.

More Worm Exloration

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By Laurie The stumps in our backyard stump circle, where we often look to find worms in wet weather, are far too heavy for children to lift by themselves. Often our kiddos will ask the help of a teacher to explore the underside of the stumps- where we find slugs, bugs, strange plant life as well as wiggly worms!

Hibernation Hunters

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by Katee Yesterday some of us ventured out of the gates of school and walked the neighborhood in search of squirrel nests.  There is more than one nest visible from our yard and we went exploring to find more.  I told them that when all the leaves leave the trees, we can better see the nests the squirrels build- they … Read More

A Week of Creativity

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By Laurie It was quite a week of creativity, sensory play, introducing new and interesting materials (glue! ice!), and getting messy, sticky, painty in order to try something out. Let’s take a scroll through some of what we did!

Sunset Stories

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By Laurie This Autumn we were noticing some of the storytelling our children were doing around rainbows, what color is, the nature of light (is it alive? what creates light and shadow? what is in me, and outside of me?) and where rainbows come from. I’ve been interested in keeping that spirit of inquiry going, and listening for what stories … Read More