Painting Rocks

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by Megan It’s finally, really truly spring and we are back outside for longer amounts of explore time! While outside time is of course for running, jumping, climbing, rolling and generally getting to explore our backyard-we all sometimes need a break from the big body physical work that we practice outside. This is where rock painting comes in. Our rock … Read More

“Friends Help”

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The Nestlings and I are in the cubby room. We have just come inside and are taking off our gear so that we can go downstairs for lunch. This is always a busy bustling time as we are trying to move quickly to make room for the next cohort who will need to take off their shoes/sweaters. I take a … Read More

Final Self Portraits

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by Alisha This week has been very busy already! With everything that has happened so far, it’s hard to believe it’s only Tuesday! We have been working on graduation, planning and planting the garden, celebrating a birthday, spending lots of time outside in the beautiful sunshine, reading books, growing more mushrooms, playing “babies”, labeling plants in our indoor and outdoor … Read More

Planting Party!

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By Lauren A big THANK YOU to all our families who joined us for our planting party this past Saturday. What started as a dreary wet morning turned into a beautiful day of community! We planted petunias, rainbow chard, more kale and many other goodies in our gardens. We also cleared out dead plants, did some raking and cleaned out … Read More

Happy April Birthdays!

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Happy happy birthday to HE, who celebrated her 5th birthday earlier this month! We got to watch a video of her as a baby, sneezing twice in a row, as she still does to this day! We also had a flower petal confetti dance party! And happy happy birthday to ZP, who celebrated her 4th birthday today! We got to … Read More

Respect your toddler

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By I At RIE we show respect, for example, by not picking up an infant without telling them beforehand, by talking directly to them and not over them, and by waiting for the child’s response. Such respectful attitudes help to develop an authentic child. Trust in the infants competence We have basic trust in the infant…because of this trust, we … Read More

Blossoming Backyard Habitat

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By Katee We have been seeing so many crows gathering nesting supplies, squirrels nibbling camelias, bees buzzing in the bluebells, and even hearing baby birds chirping in our evergreen tree.  The children are already aware of the needs of a habitat- food, water, shelter, and a place to raise young. Kerry has talked about these needs for a variety of … Read More

Saying goodbye to our friend

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by Alisha Today Simone and Shohei joined us for a goodbye circle for our friend ST! ST has been with us since he was a baby at Elm House! They told us all about their coming adventure. They will be going on a road trip in a camper van and when they come back, they will be moving to Japan! ST … Read More

Music at Elm House

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  By Lauren: “Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.” -Plato Music is a permeating part of every culture. At Elm House, music echoes through our halls. From Wednesday morning music classes with Heidi to teachers singing merry tunes, … Read More