Flashlights and tunnels

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by Mage In continuation of our light studies, the children are now using flashlights in the basement. I brought out the tunnel as well, as I wondered if there would be interesting interactions between children using the flashlights. Here are some photos of what that activity looked like.

Elm House Food Drive

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by Megan This season we have been thinking about how we as a community can help others. Over the past couple of weeks we have collected food donations to give to The Oregon Food Bank. Food Bank We’ve left the donation box in the cubby room as sort of an invitation for inquiry. The children were very curious about why the food … Read More

It’s Alright To Cry

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by Alisha The past few weeks we have been learning to sing “It’s alright to cry” with Heidi. Here’s another version of the song performed by Rosey Grier released in 1972. I love that there is footage of adults crying. It’s important for us to be able to cry and important for children to know that adults cry, too! Carol … Read More

Spirals Everywhere

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by Katee Today I brought in a new book to share with the children about spirals in nature.  I often get compliments on my Fibonacci sequence earrings from the children and I’d also noticed some of the kids drawing spirals lately.   So I found a book that I was excited to explore with them that is about just that.  It … Read More

Tulip Tree Tea Time

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By Amber A couple years ago we had a group of children who were very interested in tea. I brought in a bunch of very fragile china tea cups to share with the children. I bought them second hand at goodwill for around .50 a piece. I bought the fanciest and  most elegant looking cups I could find. I laughed … Read More

Body painting, v.2017

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by Mage Body painting has become something of a tradition at Elm House for the youngest children. I offer this activity to all of the youngest children, and to some of the older children if they have interest. I usually make the children’s first paint experience at school one that involves their whole body. That means clothes come off, butcher … Read More

November Birthdays!

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by Katee This month we have celebrated 2 friends turning 4!  CL had a birthday on the 4th (her golden birthday!) and AA turned 4 today! Here’s a glimpse of their sweet little classroom celebrations: CL brought a special stuffed animal to share named ‘Rudolph’.  She told us the story of her birth, detailing that dad caught her and got … Read More

Have you filled a bucket today?

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by Alisha Today we read a book at circle called, Have You Filled a Bucket Today?  The book talks about how everyone in the world has an invisible bucket. When our buckets are full, we are happy. When our buckets are empty we are sad. We heard different ways we could fill someones bucket up and also some things that … Read More

Playing Dangerously

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by Katee I have been in bed much of this week, nursing a cold, reading, and maybe eating some Halloween candy.  I read an article that I wanted to share with everyone about risky play and ‘Adventure Playgrounds’.  The article by Hanna Rosin at The Atlantic is titled , The Overprotected Kid. Well the article is quite lengthy and I … Read More

Babies taking care of babies

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A child hugs a doll

by Mage Earlier this week in the Nest, MC noticed a babydoll on the beanbag chair. She approached the doll, gave it a hug and kiss, then noticed a play diaper beside the doll. MC began to put the diaper on the doll, but then abruptly got up and carried the doll over to the table. As MC carried the … Read More