Fire Drills and Shooting Stars

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By Bee Yesterday I spent some of my planning time refreshing our Studio space with Mage. The Studio presents a special sort of conundrum because it is where the children work after nap while there are still friends sleeping below them. Finding materials that are both engaging and quiet…that support inquiry without inviting full body play…well it is tricky with … Read More

How many children does it take to lift a stump?

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by Mage Recently, LR discovered that he is strong enough to lift up most of the stumps in our backyard, independently. If you’re not familiar with our backyard stumps, the ground beneath them is a habitat of much exploration of various creatures, especially worms. The stumps are quite large and heavy, though somewhat lighter in the summer when they are … Read More

More connecting!

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I’m seeing so many connections this month! I see that these toddlers are finding things that they have in common with each other and using that as a way to interact, and therefore, bond. I have no doubt that these bonds (old & new) will only grow stronger as we approach the new school year. We are excited to watch … Read More

“What’s in a bubble?”

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By Lauren: Lately, bubbles have been a favorite activity outside in the afternoon. Here are a few snippets of conversation I’ve had with children about the nature of bubbles… How do bubbles make you feel? Happy! EXCITED!! Magical! How do bubbles move? The wind! Magic! What’s inside a bubble? Nothing! Air! Why are some bubbles bigger than others? They have … Read More

More Consent Work

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By Lauren: Since I first came to Elm House, I have been thoroughly impressed with the amount and quality of consent work that is happening within this community. Teachers often say things like “Be sure to ask for consent before you hug someone!” and the children respond by taking a step back and asking “Hug?” or “Can I hug you?” … Read More

Sweet Surprises

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By Bee Yesterday morning, as with most mornings, I walked quietly over to the hallway and opened the gate. I moved into the space and let the open walkway be my silent invitation. Immediately AB noticed and walked over to join me. HB, who has joined me every day for the past couple of weeks, loudly declared, “AND ME! I … Read More

Mirror, Mirror on the wall

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If you notice, EH has lots of mirrors in the different play areas. Mirrors serve so many purposes during the toddler years. Mirrors give children the opportunity to explore symmetry, reflection, perspective, angles, their own movement, and self-awareness. Some toddlers will laugh or smile after looking at themselves, some point to themselves (at the reflection they see), some admire themselves … Read More

Summer Time Lawn Games

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By Lauren: Lawn games may be one of my favorite parts of summer. There’s nothing quite like gathering outside with friends for a leisurely afternoon of game playing! Well, yesterday at Elm House, we introduced a new game to the children: cornhole! We also brought out the bat for some teacher-guided batting practice. At first, we set a tube on … Read More