We Paint a Rainbow

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By Laurie The rainbow has played an important reoccurring role as a character of curiosity in our classroom and project work this year. Appearing on sunny days from prisms and crystals throughout the school, there have been questions and pretend play in interacting with these ethereal visions.

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

Spicy Work

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By Amber Today we did Spicy Work! There are three simple rules: Teachers assign partners Partners must stay together Partners can only move from one activity to another when both agree This can be very challenging for some children. They typically have control over all their own activities and choices. It can be hard to navigate play time when you … 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!

Fire Drill

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By Katee Last week we had a fire drill.  This is a necessary practice that can sometimes be a little scary to do with these vivid imaginations among us. We always emphasize that there is not going to be a real fire today and that it is just extra safe to practice these things so everyone has the tools they … 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!

Taking Care of Alisha

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by Katee As many of you know, Alisha had knee surgery over the winter break following a volleyball injury that happened this fall.  Alisha is back at school although she is still very much healing.  She has tools to help her- a crutch (or crotch, or critch, or grinch, depending on which student you ask), she has ice packs, medicine, … Read More

Rose’s Story

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By Nora Storytelling can be a powerful way of communicating with children. This week I shared a story with the afternoon children about one of our persona dolls, Rose. For those of you who don’t know we have two persona dolls, Nick and Rose. They are different from other dolls and stuffed animals we have in the classroom because they … Read More