“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 Elm House, almost one year ago, was the over turning of the stumps and the exploration of the creatures who lived there. The children have new questions about the worms, “why don’t they like sun?” “Why are they in a hole?” “Why they in the garden?” Their questions have become more complicated and personally I delight in helping them investigate and understand more.
Luca’s mom, Laurel is our resident worm expert though. A few weeks back we invited her to give her worm presentation to the toddlers and once again we have our very own worm bin to feed and observe over the summer! Thanks again Laurel!
Here are some photos of our reintroduction to worm bin worms.
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 neighborhood. In the past stroller rides have been our primary way to explore, and we will still ride for longer adventures, but we see real value in the exercise that they will get in even walking a few blocks and the change in perspective.
We took our first walk today! Hope you enjoy these photos.
Do you have a favorite house in the neighborhood that has a great yard? Or do you know of a secret garden? Let us know the location in the comments section.
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 shade on the stroller was pulled down to protect the children from the mid morning sprinkle we were experiencing, so I couldn’t see the root cause of Luca’s distress. “Stop! Stop!” he wailed. I stopped the stroller and walked around to the front of it. “What’s happening?” I asked. “My hat. My hat is stuck in the wheel. I want my hat BEEEE!!!!!”, responded a very upset Luca. “I see it. It looks like you took your hat off and now it is caught in the wheel. You seem so frustrated. Let me help you get it out and then you can put it back on, okay? Leaving your hat on your head might protect it from getting stuck in the wheel.” We put the hat back on, and we set off once again.
Luca continued to cry. Continue reading
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 they are extremely emotionally intelligent people. So, we have been naming our feelings. We have talked about how to care for each other. We have furthered our discussions about consent. We have read all the I love you books that we can get our hands on. We have listened and cried.
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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 for children this age and such a special time for us to gather and be social. It’s also a part of how we sing our way through our day!