Sensory Brushes & Consent Culture

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By Laurie Our introduction of sensory brushes as a tool for the children in transitions this year went in directions we couldn’t have expected, but has been really wonderful to watch. Sensory brushes are used in a very specific brushing protocol, often proscribed by an occupational therapist (O.T.), in order to bring an overstimulated or sensory-avoiding system into regulation. For … Read More

The Gift of Song

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by katee Sometimes, on special occasion, I like to write songs with the children.  I’ve learned that the process has to be somewhat swift or it all falls apart and they don’t really have fun with it any longer.  I usually give the children a topic and we just throw out ideas, and knowledge, and feelings that swirl around that … Read More

Thank You’s & Mirrorwork

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By Laurie First of all I want to start off with a big thank you to our school community for helping us in numerous ways stay healthy, especially last week! Being healthy was a BIG subject at Elm House and our families who came to school helped us out with special attention to hand washing and picking up those wet … Read More

Furry Friend Visitor

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by Katee We had a very special guest come to our classroom last week. It wasn’t anyone’s parent with a special talent this time- it was a puppy!  Alisha has a close friend with a sweet 3 month old Australian shepherd named Frankie, and asked if they could come for a visit sometime.  They came and sat at circle with … Read More

Working on our Skills

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By Laurie Our magical week of sun last week seemed to bring out of the shadows much of the new learning and skills showing up around Elm House. With the sunny weather, kiddos were eager to get outside, dig in the sandbox, dip their hands (and all sorts of other things!) in the water table, run and shout and jump … Read More

Talking about Taking Turns

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By Laurie The concept of turn taking has been something we have been working on with special focus, especially since the word “mine!” started sweeping through Elm House and subsequent grabbing and pushing in regards to toys. The following is a conversation between myself and some of our older children, who worked together to set up an imaginary firefighter game. … 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

Rest Time Agreements

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By Nora Agreements are an important part of our spaces at Tulip Tree. For many parts of our classroom and times of the day we establish agreements along with the children about how to be safe and respectful. However, I do sometimes catch myself referencing agreements and then realize that we have not explicitly made agreements for everything. At rest … Read More

Gender

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By Jackie   Lately, I have been noticing how children are drawn to some gender specific/stereotypical toys, like boys to trucks, big machines or fighting games; and girls to dolls, stuffed animals, or anything that’s soft and pink. Yesterday, a video about gender stereotyped toys pop up in my Facebook feed(attached at the end of this post). It motivated me … Read More

Heidi Time

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By Katee     Today Heidi came after a hiatus last week with our Wednesday late start.  She began with the usual greeting song the children all know and love so well and then went into “blow the balloon”.  In this little ditty you blow the balloon (and blow and blow and blow and blow and blow) until it pops … Read More