What is circle time?

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Today was a really great day. We got to play outside a lot and get to know each other better. A lot of our work this first week of school is about getting to know one another, making ourselves comfortable in a new space, getting used to a new group and learning to trust that you are safe away from … Read More

First Day of School

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This morning we learned some new songs, learned about our daily schedule, played with the bunnies, sat in a circle, waited in line, explored our new classroom spaces, read books, ate a delicious snack and lunch, met new friends, rode bikes, played in the sand box and much more! We had a really wonderful first morning of school together.

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