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

A lesson in waiting.

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By Bee Part of teaching in a Reggio inspired school is setting the scene, and waiting. Instead of sitting in front of the children and giving a lesson, we are observing to see what the children are interested in. Once we have ascertained what is we grabbing at their attention, we tease at that interest to expand and develop it. … Read More

Observation

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By: I “A teacher’s practice changes most quickly and profoundly when she begins to observe children daily…this is the first and most powerful step in changing your practice” I may not always have the opportunity to strictly observe children, but I can observe the children in my care daily, if even just for a few moments here and there. As … Read More

What are you teaching my child right now?

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By Bee I get this question a lot. The answer is…complicated. In the most traditional sense, perhaps nothing. I am not sitting in front of the children giving them direct lessons about anything. They are not vessels waiting to be filled with my wisdom. Conversely, the children and I are learning side by side, every single moment we are with … Read More

The More We Eat Together…

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The Happier We’ll Be! A blog on eating meals and snacks at school by Joey Voxnaes We eat morning snack, lunch, and afternoon snack daily at Elm House, as you all know.  For those who are still here at 4:30, we eat a “tiny snack” which usually consists of one rice cake per child.  But, why do we eat so … Read More

Thoughts on Being Big

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By Bee The children have been talking a lot about being big or grown up, versus being the little babies that they were a week ago. 😉 It seems like this is being echoed at home, as several of you mentioned it in your responses to my “What’s New?” email. Here are some unfiltered thoughts from the children! I hope … Read More