One person’s trash…

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by Mage Happy New Year, families! Given that today is our first day back at school, due to the slippery ice situation, I must admit that there isn’t much to update you on this week as far as the children’s activities in class. Instead, it occurred to me that now, at the beginning of the new year, would be a … Read More

Rebirth

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By Bee Today we celebrated the solstice. Together we decorated treats, sang, and reflected on light. Elm House was filled with laughter and merriment. As I sat and watched the children and families interacting with one other, it occurred to me that we weren’t celebrating just the solstice occurring in nature, we were celebrating a solstice of sorts within our … Read More

Bless this mess

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by Mage Something I find myself struggling with many days (sometimes all day, every day) is messiness. You know what I’m talking about: bodies, clothes and floors (dare I mention walls?) covered in mud, food, paint, toys, etc. There is a big part of me that wants to control all of this mess, reign it in, and most of all … Read More

Thank You

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By Bee Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. For everything.Thank you for sharing the most precious thing in your entire world with us, our lives wouldn’t be the same if you didn’t. Thank you for trusting us, your children feel it. Thank you for acknowledging the feelings of the children.¬†Accepting their feelings in the moment without trying to … Read More

Exploring Our Imaginations!!!

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By Shella My oh my, how the Elm Room has changed since I first stepped into my classroom three months ago! We have added a few new faces, tested some boundaries and learned so many things about one another. A recent development in our classroom has been the use of such great imagination. In the past, the children have acted … Read More

Elm House Meals

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by Mage Some of the parents have been asking what meals look like at Elm House, and what they should be doing at home. Today I’m going to give you a glimpse into what we do during meals at Elm House.

Shake, rattle and roll

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By Mage Today at Elm House, there was a special treat. MUSIC! Josh and Shohei arrived at 10 to share songs with us and let us play around with their instruments.

If You Notice it….

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By Bee You’re with your child. You see something has their attention. This requires no special training. No magical moments. Usually it isn’t what you would expect. Often, it may seem rather mundane to us. We are likely to dismiss these little “attention snags” and direct our child’s focus to something we think will hold their attention more tightly.

Up, Up!

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By Mage There are many exciting places that we go on our walks, and one of those places happens to be an area set aside by our neighbors, for the community to gather. Here is a photo of the space from our first visit, in October. While appearing simple to our adult eyes, this area presents obstacles which are a … Read More

“Nature can be inside, too.”

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By Shella Hello Elm families! With a wild week ahead of us, I bring to you a short and sweet blog post! This week we were lucky enough to inherit some fun tree stumps and two awesome tires for our backyard! The children were thrilled, needless to say. And so was I! New materials are always a positive, especially when … Read More