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

Your Child is in the Photos

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by Mage There have been messages from a few families lately, expressing confusion over why they have received photos that do not include their child, specifically. At Elm House, we have many different ways of documenting the learning that is happening at our school. This includes the blog, photographs and other documents showing the process of project work on the … Read More

Empathy

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By Bee Empathy is something that we all want our children to have. I believe that we are born empathetic, ready and willing to connect with the experiences and emotions of those around us. When I research it online I find a wide range of ages for when we should expect to see empathy arise in toddlers, although the popular … Read More

Ouch! That Hurt!

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Joey K. Voxnaes Everyday toddlers are exploring the world around them and finding limits — where their body ends and another body begins, how loud they can yell versus how loud their friends can yell or cry, and at what point they need to establish their own boundaries.  Adults often find it easier to call out a warning or demand … Read More

Two Minutes, Please!

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By Bee Hello Families! It has been a busy couple of weeks with school starting, and we wanted to take some time to share one of our most valuable tools here at Elm House: *Two Minutes* Some of you are nodding your head knowingly, “Ah, yes…two minutes!” Some of you are probably a little puzzled, “….what???” And a couple of … Read More

Summer garden care

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by Mage In the hot summer, using a hose to water the plants in our garden is a big activity both in the morning and afternoon at Elm House. The children love to hold the hose, fill buckets and watering cans, and to water all of our flowers and bushes. It keeps them cool, and our garden beautiful and healthy. … Read More

Many Roads to Nourishment

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by Megan Sitting down for meals at Elm House are very special times of day. Meal times signify a time for us to be together taking care of our bodies by eating and drinking. Each time we sit together we grow closer through this shared experience, telling stories about our day, helping clean up spills, reading books, singing our blessing … Read More

The right to self-determination.

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by Mage While young children are in the process of developing their sense of autonomy, including aspects of identity such as race and gender(s), some of them will change their names. For some children, name changing is an experiment and a child might change their name every few weeks, or even every few hours… For other children, name changing is … Read More

Bluego the flying spider

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By Jackie We have a flying spider named Bluego in our backyard. It hangs out under our stumps, around the corners of our deck, toy box, sand box and garden bed. We are always very excited when Bluego shows up. We had many conversations about Bluego. We wonder if it has a family and what do they do as a family, … Read More