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

How many children does it take to lift a stump?

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by Mage Recently, LR discovered that he is strong enough to lift up most of the stumps in our backyard, independently. If you’re not familiar with our backyard stumps, the ground beneath them is a habitat of much exploration of various creatures, especially worms. The stumps are quite large and heavy, though somewhat lighter in the summer when they are … Read More

“What’s in a bubble?”

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By Lauren: Lately, bubbles have been a favorite activity outside in the afternoon. Here are a few snippets of conversation I’ve had with children about the nature of bubbles… How do bubbles make you feel? Happy! EXCITED!! Magical! How do bubbles move? The wind! Magic! What’s inside a bubble? Nothing! Air! Why are some bubbles bigger than others? They have … Read More

More Consent Work

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By Lauren: Since I first came to Elm House, I have been thoroughly impressed with the amount and quality of consent work that is happening within this community. Teachers often say things like “Be sure to ask for consent before you hug someone!” and the children respond by taking a step back and asking “Hug?” or “Can I hug you?” … Read More

Sweet Surprises

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By Bee Yesterday morning, as with most mornings, I walked quietly over to the hallway and opened the gate. I moved into the space and let the open walkway be my silent invitation. Immediately AB noticed and walked over to join me. HB, who has joined me every day for the past couple of weeks, loudly declared, “AND ME! I … Read More

Summer Time Lawn Games

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By Lauren: Lawn games may be one of my favorite parts of summer. There’s nothing quite like gathering outside with friends for a leisurely afternoon of game playing! Well, yesterday at Elm House, we introduced a new game to the children: cornhole! We also brought out the bat for some teacher-guided batting practice. At first, we set a tube on … Read More

This Week at Elm House

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By Lauren: It’s the week after a vacation and the energy in the house has been robust! We’ve welcomed two new friends, AB and JS, and had a few subs as Megan enjoys an extra week of (much earned) vacation and Miss I dealt with some dramas in Mexico. Here are a few moments from this week: AB snuggles with … Read More

Kulakoops and Monkey Babies

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By Bee Right before our break I put up some artwork by Brian Froud that depicts different faeries and pixies. I wondered what the children would think of them. The following is a transcription of a conversation they provoked.   Im seeing some signs of things that aren’t real. They might be kind of scary, but might be kinda not. … Read More