Water Beads

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By Bee The last couple of days you may have heard your child mention water beads. We’ve been working with these wonderful creations this past week. The children, and staff, are absolutely enamored with them. This afternoon we laid the bin in the afternoon sunlight, and it was pure magic. Here are some images as well as the children’s reflections. … Read More

Check-ins

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At Elm House check ins are happening all day everyday among peers. A check in happens after an altercation, an accidental bump, etc. The children will ask their friend if they’re ok and/or would like a hug. Here we see WS throwing Benny down the slide. Benny hits the rug with a big oof! “Oh! I feel worried about Benny…” … Read More

Color changing Playdough

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-Amber When I first placed the round balls of tan playdough in front of the children they seemed hesitant. We had just had a conversation about how the dough is made for your hands to use and not for eating. WB, who had originally sat down excitedly at the table now looked at me confused with his arms upwards in … Read More

The Perfect Hair Do

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By Bee Here at Elm House, we try to honor the children’s wishes to the best of our abilities. Part of this comes down to consent. We don’t touch the children without their permission, we don’t put their name on their art without them first showing us where, and participation isn’t a requirement in any of our activities. Another part … Read More

Paint Paint Paint!

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By I Bee and I wonder what we can do this afternoon with the children. We think perhaps a walk? Her and I look outside…No…it’s too cold! Bee says “How about painting? We haven’t done that in awhile.” “Yes!” I say. We are so excited to see the children’s thoughts and creativity on paper! First we tape a giant piece … Read More

Oat Afternoon

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By Bee The children have truly been enjoying the water work we have been doing on the light table the past few months. However, I’ve noticed that as the weather continues to chill, having wet sleeves is becoming more and more uncomfortable. I found myself curious as to whether the children would enjoy pouring and scooping dry ingredients as much … Read More

Fall Has Arrived!

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It’s is fall here at Elm House, and we sure are embracing it! Fall at Elm House means:   The children are working with pumpkins, squash or gords at various times of the day  The children are wearing their favorite fall gear The children love to watch the leaves fall at the goodbye window Some mornings and afternoons we need … Read More

Animal Bath

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By Bee The children are resting. There are a few quiet moments before they begin to stir. I set up a provocation. Water has been a big hit lately, and with the temperature cooling outside, I decide to run it hot so that it is pleasantly warm by the time it is used. How to spice it up? One of … Read More

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