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

Helping hand

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By Jackie   Last week, I started regularly ask friends to help me at lunch time. They took turns to pass out utensils, bow/plates, and cups. The children are very enthusiastic about it and there were always more than one friend who wants to be the helper. So I started to include them during other tasks like cleaning floors, wiping … Read More

Wintery walks

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“To the attentive eye, each moment of the year has its own beauty, and in the same fields, it beholds, every hour, a picture which was never seen before, and which shall never be seen again.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson By Nora On Tuesday afternoon HE, AB, EB, AD, and I went to a sunset walk around the block. I told … Read More

Friends learning from friends

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By Jackie Hi! This is Jackie. It has been a fun and busy first 4 months for me. I would like to devote my first blog post to moments I observe in Elm House when children learn from each other. Teachers are not the only ones who are doing the teaching, as a matter of fact, friends learn from one … Read More

Spirals Everywhere

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by Katee Today I brought in a new book to share with the children about spirals in nature.  I often get compliments on my Fibonacci sequence earrings from the children and I’d also noticed some of the kids drawing spirals lately.   So I found a book that I was excited to explore with them that is about just that.  It … Read More

Light and Color Play

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By Laurie Last week my afternoon group noticed that we have been staying inside sometimes after nap instead of our usual routine of going outside. Now that the sun sets earlier, our last group of children who wake up from nap don’t have time to make it outdoors. The shift in routine has given us an opportunity to explore our … Read More

Fall Celebration

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by Katee It was another sunny beautiful fall day here to end a gorgeous school week.  Our fall celebration was full of laughter, cookies, art projects, but mostly running around in the sunshine!  Here are some photos from the day: Happy Autumn Everyone! -Love: Tulip Tree  

Connecting Through Music

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By Laurie When our school year kicked off, it was clear that language was going to be an opportunity to explore difference, family culture, and our shared experiences with this group of toddlers, families and teachers. Our group of Spanish, French and Chinese speaking teachers and children as well as our kiddos who aren’t yet speaking (and everywhere in-between!) means … Read More

Bread Baking

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By Nora The children have been spending a lot of time helping in the kitchen lately. For one, we have two bake sales this week and have whipped up apple squash muffins, blueberry muffins, pumpkin bread, banana bread, and black bean brownies. The magic of mixing ingredients together, watching it change form in the oven, and then experiencing it with … Read More