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.
By Amber This morning I introduced a small friend at circle time named Red (they/them). I made Red before winter break with the intention to use the little character for story telling. Red made their debut to the children last week in a story Alisha told about the time Red couldn’t resist sneaking some sparkly gems home in their backpack. … Read More
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!
By Jackie Lately, I have been noticing how children are drawn to some gender specific/stereotypical toys, like boys to trucks, big machines or fighting games; and girls to dolls, stuffed animals, or anything that’s soft and pink. Yesterday, a video about gender stereotyped toys pop up in my Facebook feed(attached at the end of this post). It motivated me … Read More
by Megan We know that the youngest child is constantly absorbing language from their environments and at this age are usually experiencing little “explosions” in vocabulary. Children are always listening, always categorizing, questioning, playing and incorporating new words from their experiences. At Elm House we have a few families that speak other languages at home; some speak Spanish and/or French. … Read More
By Nora “For the child, it is not half so important to know as to feel. If facts are the seeds that later produce knowledge and wisdom, then the emotions and the impressions of the senses are the fertile soil in which the seeds must grow. . . . It is more important to pave the way for a child to want to … Read More
by Mage This week and last week, we had a couple of days when the weather was just dry enough to be worthy of plenty of backyard time. Last Friday afternoon, at the request of the children, we turned over stumps and looked for worms. It’s worm season again! Turning over stumps to look at worms continues to be a tradition … Read More
By Katee Today Heidi came after a hiatus last week with our Wednesday late start. She began with the usual greeting song the children all know and love so well and then went into “blow the balloon”. In this little ditty you blow the balloon (and blow and blow and blow and blow and blow) until it pops … Read More