A Spot of Sunshine

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by Katee Today we had a small group of children at school as many of our friends are home sick! We took advantage of the little glorious sunshine we saw this morning though and went to the park. We walked with partners hand in hand and then when we got into the safety of the tennis courts……       … Read More

Let the Planting Begin!

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By Kerry In the sunny days before Spring Break, the classroom started to buzz with excitement from the first signs of spring.  Plants all over the neighborhood were growing greener and flowers began to bloom everywhere we looked.  Peeking out on our garden beds, seeing dull, empty soil, inspired us to start planning the garden! We sat down and brainstormed … Read More

Watching, Waiting

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by Katee Today at circle time Alisha talked about the changing of the seasons on our trees outside.  We have a beautiful view right from our circle rug of the many varied branches outside that encircle our yard.  So the children stared outside with Alisha as she narrated the changes we’ve seen this year. “Do you remember when school started … Read More

Ocean Theme Emerging

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By Lauren: On Monday morning I walked into the sounds of whales coming from the Elm Room. Megan is absorbed in some ocean play with the children. Children sit in contemplation as the sounds of whales emerge from Megan’s phone.

Why we are boycotting Dr. Seuss

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By Mage In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist. -Angela Davis Last week during one of the planning periods that we have together, Bee was telling me and Megan about how she had been reading on the author and artist Theodor Giesel, aka Dr. Seuss, and his early racist literature. She showed … 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

Sprouts for Spring

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by Katee All this talk about spring has gotten us sprouting ideas all over the classroom!  Kerry has been doing a lot of different work around seeds, and this week I brought in a fun and easy seed project to share with the children- growing edible sprouts in a jar!  If you like to eat sprouts and haven’t tried this … Read More

Music circle (documented by children)

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Today we had music circle with Heidi after a couple weeks of not seeing her. We missed her! She brought a big bunch of daffodils to share with us, enough for each person to hold one! We also learned this new song: ER and FC took photos throughout our time together. Here’s some of what they captured-

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