Wishing Caroline Well

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By Katee Today we said farewell to a special friend- Caroline.  The children worked together to make her a card yesterday- painted in watercolor, and filled with wishes.  We talked about what it feels like to move to a new place or new house, and how it feels to leave a familiar home.  The children shared stories of moving and … Read More

Musical Parent Night

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By Jackie and Laurie Just recently, Heidi came to hang out with us for parent night! Parents have been hearing their little ones bringing pieces of music home from music time with Heidi on Wednesdays and curious about what those songs are. So she brought many of her cool instruments and sang us her signature songs! We all sat in … Read More

Guess that smell!

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by Alisha Today we tested our sense of smell. I put different scents in jars wrapped in paper and covered with a mesh top. I used scents that have fairly strong smells. There was ketchup, banana, sunbutter and the soap we use in the bathroom. The soap was the hardest thing to guess and the sunbutter was mistaken for peanut … Read More

Can We Reuse It?

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By Nora This week in afternoon circle we have been reading the book “What Happens to Our Trash?” By D.J. Ward, and then talking about exactly that! The book explores the topics of landfills, compost, recycling, waste, and reuse. When I first read the title of the book it was met with a chorus of “ew, ew, ew!” , “Trash … Read More

Clay Self Portraits

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by Alisha Today we started our clay self portraits. I asked the children to feel their faces. We felt our cheeks, our chins, our lips, our noses, our ears, our forehead and everywhere in between. I asked, “What part of your face bumps out?” and “What part of your face sinks in?” We talked about how building your self portrait … Read More

Snowy Smiles!

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By Nora The snow is providing us with new terrain to teach and play in. Tuesday brought lots of smiles and excitement for our first significant snowfall. Thursday brought more excited energy post-Snow Day! They spent all morning making art with snow, tasting it, touching it, laying in it, and feeling delighted in general in all that the snow brings.

The Spider Project

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By Jackie I would say one of the favorite of ours is definitely  the itsy bitsy spider.  It is such a fun song where the lyrics are easy to remember and you get to hand gestures to go with the singing. We also have many books about spider in Elm House library. As we were playing with play dough this Tuesday, one … Read More

Cooking (and Crafting!) For Others, Part II

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By Nora This week we have been talking a lot about LOVE. Between notes from the *secret* admirer, being detectives to find the secret admirer, hanging love letters around the neighborhood, sharing what we think love is, and sending Valentine’s to our families, we have done a lot on the topic. On the eve of Valentine’s Day I came to … Read More