Making Machines

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By Katee We have been taking small machines apart, constructing a machinery space in the loft, and projecting video on the wall of factories to see things being made.  This week we also had a small appointment to invent our own machines. I told the children their machine could do anything they wanted it to and look any way they … Read More

Nature Walks

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By Megan Now that the Elm House children are all a bit older and have more endurance, we will be taking small groups on walks around the neighborhood. Our intentions here are to notice the natural worlds wonders, gather natural materials to enhance our curriculum, to chart the growth of new gardens and to connect with the people in our … Read More


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by Alisha We have come back to our study in light and shadow using our digital video projector. Each morning this week we have been projecting videos onto the wall that relate to topics of interest in our classroom right now. First we projected a playlist of videos without sound to show how different things are made in factories. Next … Read More

Funeral for a Bee

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By Nora The last sunny day we had was the only one of the week and everyone was excited to breathe the fresh air and feel the warm sun, including our flying yellow and black friends. Bees are often a topic of conversation at this time of year when the flowers start to bloom and we spend more time running around … Read More

Spinning Paint

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Last week we continued experimenting with painted movement.  A couple weeks prior we shook marbles, dipped in paint, in a box and looked at the painted trails on our papers that were inside.  This time we put our paper and paint inside a salad spinner!  We experimented with different colors, different amounts, different placements, and consistencies of tempura paint. The … Read More

Tin Can Telephone

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By Katee Have you ever made a tin can telephone?  I saw a couple of soup cans in the recycling and it took me back to a time I got in trouble for cutting a hole in my window screen to string cans between mine and my neighbor’s windows.  Well, we made our own  phone yesterday and the children were … Read More

Remembering Elm House

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By Amber As we draw closer towards the end of the school year, everyone has been busy with their end of the year projects. The older children who are moving on to kindergarten are busily preparing for graduation. The younger children who will stay with us another year have a project as well! A big question I’ve been asking the … Read More

Look Closely…

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by Alisha Around this time of the year, we love to study flowers. The past couple of weeks we have had small appointments for flower drawing. During these appointments we asked the children to look closely at the flowers in front of them. What  details can you find in the flower? We encourage them to spend time really looking. So far they have … Read More

The Gift of Flowers

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By Katee This morning a child ascended down the stairs with a bundle of fresh tulips and a huge proud smile across their face.  I was reminded again what an amazing feeling it is to present a beautiful gift, and how magnified that feeling must be for children. Flowers, so beautiful and yet fleeting, have been filling our world lately … Read More


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by Mage Over the past two months, I’ve been hearing the children at Elm House use the word friend in a new way. While they are used to referring to each other, as a group, as “the friends,” it wasn’t until about two months ago that I heard some of the children start indicating that someone specific was their friend, … Read More