Halloween!

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This morning has been SO MUCH FUN. Children showed up in costumes, we had multiple dance parties, tried on each other’s costumes, told spooky stories, had a parade and had a Halloween music circle with Heidi! Click below to see video of the kids singing on our parade. Who Were The Witches?  

1, 2, 3 For You & Me!

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As new staff at Elm House, we are asked to read a wonderful book entitled “1, 2, 3… The Toddlers Years: A Practical Guide for Parents & Caregivers” by Irene Van der Zande with Santa Cruz Toddler Care Center staff.  I have read a few texts on development, first while obtaining my bachelor’s psychology degree and then as a nanny … Read More

Balance

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By: I(ternity) Balance is one of the themes we’re exploring this year after noticing many childrens interest in physical balance practice. We have been observing balance in both a physical and emotional capacity. Observing the children physically cross a balance beam with chairs and stools balanced atop the beam makes me extremely nervous! To cope with that feeling and to … Read More

Video Projection

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So far this year our studio has seen lots of projection and light work. We have used the overhead projector, flashlights, our light table, some different colored light bulbs that create rainbow shadows and slide projectors. This week we introduced something new! Our studio has been completely transformed by the power of our digital video projector! Yesterday, our studio was … Read More

Playing with Simple Machines

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By Kerry We began talking informally about simple machines when the children were using an assortment of levers to remove some golf tees stuck in a cardboard box. Lately, simple machines are showing up in play more and more often! LG and SM built a lever and tried to launch some balls across the yard then started using it to lift each … Read More

Child’s Eye View

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Today ZP said to Katee, “I want to take a picture of my beautiful self and everyone else.” We used to have digital cameras reserved for children to take photos, but the batteries died and we don’t have the specific chargers needed for them! So Katee told ZP that if she was able to use lots of care and gentleness, … Read More

Anti Bias At This Age

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By Bee We sat cross legged, gathered around the lap top. Mage asked if anyone had any questions. A voice spoke out into our collective silence. “How do you weave in Anti-Bias teaching? What does that look like for this age?” What a profound wondering for Laura to share with us. I haven’t stopped thinking about it since. My gut … Read More

Feeling Brave Together

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by Katee We have been talking a bit about how fun it can be to be scared sometimes.  The season of ghoulish imagery, mysterious masked people, and shadow is upon us and this can feel frightening sometimes to young children.  We have been talking about how many of these decorations we see are just for fun- the fun and excitement … Read More

Rose Hits Her Friend

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by Alisha There have been a few incidents of hitting the past couple weeks with various children. Hitting is not uncommon in preschool because children this age are still learning a lot about impulse control, especially when angry! To help us talk to the children about this, we brought Rose (one of our persona dolls) to circle last week. Here … Read More