Taking Care of Alisha

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by Katee As many of you know, Alisha had knee surgery over the winter break following a volleyball injury that happened this fall.  Alisha is back at school although she is still very much healing.  She has tools to help her- a crutch (or crotch, or critch, or grinch, depending on which student you ask), she has ice packs, medicine, … Read More

Vengan a Ver Mi Granja

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by Alisha Heidi has been teaching us this a song in Spanish for a few weeks. She even made us drawings to helps us learn the names of each animal! Chicken- /Gallina Little cow- Vaquita Baby pig- Cerdito Sheep- Oveja Little chicks- Pollitos    

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

Rose’s Story

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By Nora Storytelling can be a powerful way of communicating with children. This week I shared a story with the afternoon children about one of our persona dolls, Rose. For those of you who don’t know we have two persona dolls, Nick and Rose. They are different from other dolls and stuffed animals we have in the classroom because they … Read More

Heidi Time

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We welcomed Heidi again today for our weekly Wednesday special music circle, and the children were so excited to have her back.  We got right into songs she had been teaching us before the break and taught us a new one as well.  The children played instruments, sang, danced, learned some Spanish, and played games with Heidi- all in a … Read More

Friends learning from friends

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By Jackie Hi! This is Jackie. It has been a fun and busy first 4 months for me. I would like to devote my first blog post to moments I observe in Elm House when children learn from each other. Teachers are not the only ones who are doing the teaching, as a matter of fact, friends learn from one … Read More

Finding The Golden Ratio

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by Katee While at the art store gathering supplies this week, I spotted an amazing little connection to our classroom- a golden ratio finder!  Of course I had to get that for our classroom.  But then I wondered how exactly I was going to try to explain the Fibonacci Sequence in extreme brevity to young children.  The children had seen … Read More

Maddi’s Fridge

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By Nora “If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound with mine then let us work together.” -Lilla Watson This week as a group we have been reading and discussing the book Maddi’s Fridge by Lois Brandt. This book explores big themes of hunger, food access, … Read More

What Makes a Rainbow?

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By Laurie I’m noticing as I scroll through my photos there are so many images of our kiddos exploring color, drawing circles, and I have a small collection of photographs of children making rainbows. Connecting the drawing that is happening with our light & color work, as well as the exploration that happens with chalk outside and on the stumps, … Read More

Special recipes

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By Nora This week we have been spending time making connections between food and home through cooking projects. We have done a lot of cooking projects this year, and this week’s cooking is meant to add to some of the recent curriculum. I have referred to the recipes we have cooked this week as “special recipes” because they are coming … Read More