Playing with Simple Machines

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By Kerry We began talking informally about simple machines when the children were using an assortment of levers to remove some golf tees stuck in a cardboard box. Lately, simple machines are showing up in play more and more often! LG and SM built a lever and tried to launch some balls across the yard then started using it to lift each … Read More

Child’s Eye View

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Today ZP said to Katee, “I want to take a picture of my beautiful self and everyone else.” We used to have digital cameras reserved for children to take photos, but the batteries died and we don’t have the specific chargers needed for them! So Katee told ZP that if she was able to use lots of care and gentleness, … Read More

Feeling Brave Together

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by Katee We have been talking a bit about how fun it can be to be scared sometimes.  The season of ghoulish imagery, mysterious masked people, and shadow is upon us and this can feel frightening sometimes to young children.  We have been talking about how many of these decorations we see are just for fun- the fun and excitement … Read More

Rose Hits Her Friend

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by Alisha There have been a few incidents of hitting the past couple weeks with various children. Hitting is not uncommon in preschool because children this age are still learning a lot about impulse control, especially when angry! To help us talk to the children about this, we brought Rose (one of our persona dolls) to circle last week. Here … Read More

Your Child is in the Photos

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by Mage There have been messages from a few families lately, expressing confusion over why they have received photos that do not include their child, specifically. At Elm House, we have many different ways of documenting the learning that is happening at our school. This includes the blog, photographs and other documents showing the process of project work on the … Read More

In Defense of Magic

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by Katee “Above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” – Roald Dahl A funny thing happened last week that’s got me thinking a lot about magic in childhood.  Of course, children see magic everywhere.  … Read More

Our Skeletal Study

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By Kerry The classroom is filled with ideas about self right now, with all of the children working on their self portraits. They have been working on noticing the similarities and differences in each others faces whether it be eye color, nose shape or hair style. The reflection hasn’t stopped at their external selves though. We have been thinking and … Read More

Self Portrait Time!

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by Alisha This week we have been busy drawing self portraits. This is a project we do at the beginning and end of each year. The children get to be both the subject and artist of their work. The first goal of anti-bias education is “Each child will demonstrate self-awareness, confidence, family pride and positive social identity.” When we see … Read More

“My Face”

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by Alisha One project that we do every year is drawing self portraits. We are drawing our our self portraits this week so we have been talking a lot about the similarities and differences in our faces. We have been using mirrors, markers, pens and our own hands to study our faces. What shape are my eyes? How long is … Read More

What is a shadow?

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      by Katee We have been playing so much with light, shadow, prisms, and color lately that I thought it was time to pose a project-work question to our young colleagues: What is a shadow?  We passed around flashlights to explore while we thought about this phenomenon and a couple children shared their observations and theories with the group. … Read More