Welcome and Welcome Back

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We are enjoying a beautiful week here under the tulip tree.  Old friends are re-kindling play and new friends are exploring and being welcomed.  Much of our first week will be spent dedicated to navigating.  To come to school this week is to navigate a space, a routine and  a schedule, play and friendships, materials and negotiations, new faces, and … Read More

Risky Play

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By Bee Hello Families! Happy First Day of School! I wanted to take the time to touch base with you on something that we didn’t get to cover at last week’s orientation. I would like to talk to you about risk, and how see risk here at Elm House. I will start by showing you two images taken at Elm … Read More

Last Day Lemonade

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by Mage For our last day of school, we decided that we wanted to shake things up a bit and do something different. I brought in my electric citrus juicer and some lemons, and we made a little bit of raspberry lemonade (no sugar!) for the children to taste. So after our morning snack, the children who were interested in … Read More

Friends Grow Up, by Megan

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This week at Elm House we have been saying  our goodbye’s to some of our older friends. For the past couple of weeks we have been preparing the children for these changes through conversations, stories and a handmade book called Friends Grow Up, written by Bee. When I see the extra tight hugs and well wishes from the children at … Read More

Candid Conversations

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By Bee Hello Elm House families! My offering for you today is a little bit different. I have learned over the past year that I am very fond of photo documentation. I have also learned that I like to share ALL my thoughts on any given subject, which leaves you guys reading blogs that are 1500 words long. Today, I … Read More

Our assistant, Courtney

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by Mage Some of you may have already met our assistant, Courtney, while others have not seen her because she arrives around 8:30 every day. Courtney began working at Elm House in July, and she is here full time. Not only does she cook our meals and clean the house, she also spends a great deal of time taking care … Read More

Sibling Birthday

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This morning we celebrated RR and ER’s birthdays and were joined by their parents, Mckenna and Jackson! The siblings are two years apart in age but their birthdays are only a week apart! Mckenna and Jackson’s birthdays are only a week a part to so there is a parent birthday week and a sibling birthday week. When ER was born in … Read More

Validating Feelings

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One of our jobs as parents and early childhood educators revolves around talking through conflict with children.  At 1 and 2, your children are putting words to their feelings for the first time ever. I have seen them  developing their emotional intelligence through their play with each other and through our daily routines at school. While witnessing play, it is … Read More

Our Neighborhood

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Our Neighborhood     Elm Room  by: Megan On these beautiful sunny summer mornings we enjoy taking the children out to explore our neighborhood. The Elm and Seeds cohorts take walks together creating even more cohesion between our newly blended group of children. Our children practice greeting neighbors, relay inquiries to people we see who are doing work and of course pet … Read More

Seed Bombs

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This week is our outdoor arts and adventure camp. We will be making giant bubbles, dying fabric with natural pigments and some other exciting things. One thing that we have been doing the past couple of days is working on seed bombs. Yesterday we mixed dirt, compost, clay and seeds together. We rolled the mixture into balls and let it harden … Read More