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

LS’s Creation Story

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By Laurie Is getting ready to say goodbye to LS, who is making the move to preschool, we have been looking at a lot of old photos and talking about what once was (babyhood) and what is to come (what to expect at preschool). This is coinciding with our several month long reading and rereading of Raven: A Pacific Northwest … Read More

Imaginary Play

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By Laurie In reviewing my week in photos and notes, I’m really struck by how we are seeing the developmental stages of this year’s range of toddlers (1’s-3’s) work together as the Just-Turned-3’s really shine in their mentorship, while at the same time are totally swept away in the fast, exciting world of imaginative play and want to branch away … Read More

Ladybug Caterpillars

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by Mage Lately the hops bine in our backyard has been bursting with ladybug larvae, which the children call “ladybug caterpillars.” There has been much interest and amusement with these tiny creatures living in our backyard. Here are some reflections from today.

Four Little Butterflies

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by Megan Over the past couple of weeks we have been caring for, observing and learning about the life cycle of butterflies! Each morning the children have been eager to check on our small insect friends, noticing how they change day by day. We’ve been learning a few terms for the life cycle like egg, caterpillar, cocoon and butterfly, but … Read More

Face puzzle

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By Jackie At one of our teacher meeting, I mentioned my searching for directions to go after my conversation about our eye colors. I thought of a face puzzle but was afraid that it would be too complicated for some younger children. Laurie mentioned that I can do a very simple puzzle by folding the pictures in half. I thought … Read More