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

Not a single moment was wasted.

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By Bee The morning air feels still and thick. The birds are quiet and I can’t hear any cars. The children move through the yard slowly, each meandering towards a different corner. I notice wet chalk by the stumps and wonder if the children will use it to create paint. MC calls me over to one of our gardens. He … Read More

Ocean Theme Emerging

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By Lauren: On Monday morning I walked into the sounds of whales coming from the Elm Room. Megan is absorbed in some ocean play with the children. Children sit in contemplation as the sounds of whales emerge from Megan’s phone.

Why we are boycotting Dr. Seuss

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By Mage In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist. -Angela Davis Last week during one of the planning periods that we have together, Bee was telling me and Megan about how she had been reading on the author and artist Theodor Giesel, aka Dr. Seuss, and his early racist literature. She showed … Read More

When the Leopard Sings

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By Bee One morning, I entered the nest with a group of children and FD asked me, “Bee, who is going to sing to us today?” As it was Wednesday, I was sure that FD was referring to music time with Ms. Heidi, but had simply gotten the words “who” and “what” mixed up. I answered her question without correcting … Read More

The walls of the classroom as our canvas

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By Mage This morning was unexpectedly rainy, and some of our children have been recovering from illness. We decided to hang out inside. Recently, Bee showed us an example of another school’s art studio, where the children had painted on paper stretched across the wall. We all thought this would be a great activity for our children at some point … Read More

Everyone at EH is a teacher

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By: I When our amazing sub, Touk, was teaching for a little while here at Elm House I over heard them say to LR, “You can be a teacher today!” And I instantly felt inspired, but wasn’t quite sure how to explore that inspiration. A few weeks ago, as LR was sprawled out on the floor of the den, he … Read More

Open the Door

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By Bee   A group of children are sitting around a table in the Nest. They have just received their morning snack and are eating in a companionable silence.   SM raises her head, and makes eye contact with me. “Bee, um I’m…I’m a girl. And and MS is a girl, and all the other people here are boys.” SM … Read More

Lauren’s First Day at Elm House!

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By Lauren: Yesterday was my first day at Elm House and I am thrilled to join this learning community. As I entered the Den in the morning I asked the children, “Can I join you?” and was greeted with an enthusiastic “Yes!” from HB. I responded, “Wow, I feel very welcome.” and HB replied, “You are welcome!” What a way … Read More