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

Screen time

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by Mage As the children at Elm House grow older, they tell us many stories. Stories that they made up on the spot, stories about their lives outside of school–both fiction and non-fiction, and they also tell us stories about what they saw on screens. “Last night I watched a movie!” one child told me, recently. “You watched a movie? … 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

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

Plants as Provocation

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By Laurie “Time in nature is not leisure time; it’s an essential investment in our children’s health (and also, by the way, in our own).” ― Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods A few years ago I read Richard Louv’s Last Child in the Woods, and it has left an indelible impression on me. At the time my nephews were attending … Read More

Trucks! trucks! trucks!

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By Jackie   This week, outside of Elm House, a construction crew brought their cool construction trucks and tool to the street and carried out a pipe renewal project. This bring a lot of excitement to Elm House! We already have a few truck enthusiasts here, watching the trucks in action enable them to share their passion with many other … Read More

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