Neighborhood activism

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By Nora For the past several Fridays we have been going for “trash walks” around the block to prevent trash from going into the sewers and making their way into the rivers, lakes, and ocean. Last Friday, it was raining so we took that as an opportunity to make some signs letting our neighbors know about where our trash goes … Read More

Imaginary Play

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By Laurie In reviewing my week in photos and notes, I’m really struck by how we are seeing the developmental stages of this year’s range of toddlers (1’s-3’s) work together as the Just-Turned-3’s really shine in their mentorship, while at the same time are totally swept away in the fast, exciting world of imaginative play and want to branch away … Read More

Trash Walks

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By Nora The children have been really passionate lately about keeping the neighborhood litter-free. Last month, the topic of “marine debris” came up, and the children were appalled to learn that there is trash in the ocean that can hurt animals. We have been talking about what we can do in our own lives to keep trash out of the … Read More

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

Tulip Tree at Design Week

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By Katee We received a very special invitation this week to participate in Portland Design Week 2018!  One of our amazing parents who works for a local design company is hosting a fun experiment that will be on display there.  The experiment asks a variety of peoples to design a shirt with some knowns and some variables that will be … Read More