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

What do you love about the earth?

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By Nora LW: Outer space LD: Fire NC: That you can dig in the sand for treasure and swim in the water SH: Without the earth we would not be alive VH: Animals DB: That I get to sometimes have weekends with my mom or dad CL: It’s more like something I want to help the earth. There’s a part … Read More

Celebrating Cake!

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Today MH’s mom, Brigit, came to show us something very dear to her heart and family: cake decorating! She told us about all of her different piping bags that make frosting come out in different shapes. She also shared that in her family, they  like to make a cake to celebrate different things. Brigit made a big banana bread cake … Read More

Spring Birthdays

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By Amber This spring we celebrated three birthdays at Tulip Tree. Two of them were our oldest children that celebrated their last preschool birthday while the other was a very first preschool birthday! SH turned 5! She brought along her special bear to share with her classmates and we heard all about the day she was born. We danced to … Read More

Plants as Provocation

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By Laurie “Time in nature is not leisure time; it’s an essential investment in our children’s health (and also, by the way, in our own).” ― Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods A few years ago I read Richard Louv’s Last Child in the Woods, and it has left an indelible impression on me. At the time my nephews were attending … Read More

Scenes from a sunny morning

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By Nora Today we have been blessed with what is arguably the best weather since last summer. It is making us all smile and want to be outside all day. We have spent very little time indoors today, and even brought one of our inside activities (dress-up) outside this morning!

shadows and light

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By Jackie Inspired by a lot of the projector/flash lights work by other Elm House teachers, I thought I explore shadows with our Elm House friends. I started  pointing out shadows to them when we have those golden sunny days. Once in the backyard, after I introduced his shadow to him, ZP started saying hi to his shadow, saying:”Hi Z’s … Read More