The Babies Get a Bath

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By Laurie Last week the children had the opportunity to explore ice several days in a row in the sensory bins in the studio. Ice from the ice maker, ice with food coloring, ice with little toys frozen in it: day after day the ice exploration went from one interesting provocation to the next, each building upon the other. Children … Read More

We Made a House For Our Friends

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By Laurie We have evolved our Anti-Bias Spotlight at Elm House from “home”, to encompass the idea of structures, being safe, finding shelter and nestling together in the theme “build”. The children were exploring this idea of building with creating out of playdoh, rocks, plastic Duplos and boxes.

More Worm Exloration

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By Laurie The stumps in our backyard stump circle, where we often look to find worms in wet weather, are far too heavy for children to lift by themselves. Often our kiddos will ask the help of a teacher to explore the underside of the stumps- where we find slugs, bugs, strange plant life as well as wiggly worms!

Cooking for Others, Toddler Edition

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by Megan Last week we continued to follow our threads of learning about homes and food security with the toddlers, by baking sweets and cooking savory foods for the Sisters of the Road Cafe. Sisters of the Road is a cafe downtown that is open to anyone that provides a safe environment to eat a nourishing meal at a very … Read More

A Week of Creativity

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By Laurie It was quite a week of creativity, sensory play, introducing new and interesting materials (glue! ice!), and getting messy, sticky, painty in order to try something out. Let’s take a scroll through some of what we did!


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by Mage Lately I have noticed that some of the children a very interested in dresses. The children will regularly bring scarves to me and ask me to help them “make a dress,” which essentially means tying the scarf around their chests, with the knot either in front or back, or hanging loose from their necks. I thought that this … Read More

A sweet moment

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By Jackie I am usually with the third lunch group of children on Tuesdays and Thursdays, we hang out in the cubby room when we wait for the second group to finish toileting before we can go, our go to activities are reading and singing. On this Thursday, I after I gave everyone a book, I saw Z held up … Read More

A Fizzy Reaction

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by Mage Continuing to explore the theme of transformation, this week I introduced the baking soda and vinegar reaction to the children in the Nest.

Babies taking care of babies

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A child hugs a doll

by Mage Earlier this week in the Nest, MC noticed a babydoll on the beanbag chair. She approached the doll, gave it a hug and kiss, then noticed a play diaper beside the doll. MC began to put the diaper on the doll, but then abruptly got up and carried the doll over to the table. As MC carried the … Read More

Sensorial Exploration with Pumpkins

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by Megan This week we started exploring pumpkins. What are they? Where did they come from? Do you have one at your house? Did you see a pumpkin in the store? As well as, what does the pumpkin feel like? What shape is it? The children’s curiosity about pumpkins is fascinating and so much fun. They notice so many aspects … Read More