Observation

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By: I “A teacher’s practice changes most quickly and profoundly when she begins to observe children daily…this is the first and most powerful step in changing your practice” I may not always have the opportunity to strictly observe children, but I can observe the children in my care daily, if even just for a few moments here and there. As … Read More

What are you teaching my child right now?

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By Bee I get this question a lot. The answer is…complicated. In the most traditional sense, perhaps nothing. I am not sitting in front of the children giving them direct lessons about anything. They are not vessels waiting to be filled with my wisdom. Conversely, the children and I are learning side by side, every single moment we are with … Read More

Jump Up Transformation Tunnel

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by Alisha We often get questions from parents about “The Jump Up Song.”  It is a song we sing every day to excuse children from our lunch circle to wash hands for lunch. If you want to know more about what the song is, you can read this blog I made a couple  years ago with the lyrics! For the … Read More

Magnatile Conversation

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By Katee We have a few veteran Magnatilers in our classroom.  They are drawn to these incredible magnetic blocks and choose them at almost every opportunity.  As an adult, I want to roll my eyes when they ask to play with them again and again, and as a teacher I want to lure them to other things.  But this is … Read More

PAJAMA DAY!

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by Alisha Since last year’s Pajama Day, everyone has been looking forward to this  year’s Pajama Day. It has been AMAZING so far… And here is some video of our sleepy good morning song at circle today!

The More We Eat Together…

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The Happier We’ll Be! A blog on eating meals and snacks at school by Joey Voxnaes We eat morning snack, lunch, and afternoon snack daily at Elm House, as you all know.  For those who are still here at 4:30, we eat a “tiny snack” which usually consists of one rice cake per child.  But, why do we eat so … Read More

Clay Self

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by Alisha For the next couple of weeks we are going to be working on making self portraits out of clay. Today at circle we felt our faces– the parts that stick out, the parts that go in, the size and shape of each feature. We talked about how clay is different from pen and paper because you actually get … Read More