Fall at Elm House

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by Megan After a very hot summer, fall is suddenly upon us. Fall with our toddlers at Elm House presents all kinds of new opportunities for learning in both our indoor and outdoor classrooms. For example, inside, we have the afternoons to settle into project work in our art studio or explore all the fun we can have in the … 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

The Worms Return

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By Megan   “It may be doubted whether there are many other animals which have played so important a part in the history of the world, as have these lowly organized creatures.”  -Charles Darwin on worms, 1881 The children’s fascination with worms persists through the changing of the seasons and over time. One of the first memories I have of … 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

Because I want to.

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By Bee Hello families! I hope all of you are well. Today I want to share a very simple sentiment that my friends reminded me of. We were out on a walk in the strollers, pointing out anything and everything that caught our eye. Suddenly, Luca began to cry. “Luca, I hear you crying. Are you okay?” I inquired. The … Read More

How are you feeling today?

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  By Megan These past few weeks at Elm House we have been focusing on feelings. With our anxiety leading into election day,  the anticipation of the results, and the big feelings that us teachers all have felt since Donald Trump was elected-there’s emotionally just a lot going on. It’s nearly impossible to be anything but authentic with the children, as … Read More

Blessing Song

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By Megan One new ritual we have started with the Elm children this school year is singing a blessing song. We start all meal times with this sweet song. It’s a way to say we are thankful for our food as well as a fun and effective way to transition the toddlers into meal times. Eating is such a joy … Read More

Winter Gardens

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  By Megan This week Nora, a teacher from Tulip Tree Preschool, came to Elm House to help us talk with the children about gardens. The children were invited to think about what kinds of foods might grow in a garden, to make the shape of that food with their bodies, and got to taste Rosemary and Chives.

Norman’s Bath

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  By Megan As many of you know we care for Norman, the hedgehog, here at Elm House. Though nocturnal, Norman will come out to say hello and spend some time with the children on a regular basis. The children are always delighted to see him and practice a special type of patience and respect when he visits us in … Read More