1, 2, 3 For You & Me!

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As new staff at Elm House, we are asked to read a wonderful book entitled “1, 2, 3… The Toddlers Years: A Practical Guide for Parents & Caregivers” by Irene Van der Zande with Santa Cruz Toddler Care Center staff.  I have read a few texts on development, first while obtaining my bachelor’s psychology degree and then as a nanny … 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

Ouch! That Hurt!

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Joey K. Voxnaes Everyday toddlers are exploring the world around them and finding limits — where their body ends and another body begins, how loud they can yell versus how loud their friends can yell or cry, and at what point they need to establish their own boundaries.  Adults often find it easier to call out a warning or demand … Read More

Imaginary Play

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By Laurie In reviewing my week in photos and notes, I’m really struck by how we are seeing the developmental stages of this year’s range of toddlers (1’s-3’s) work together as the Just-Turned-3’s really shine in their mentorship, while at the same time are totally swept away in the fast, exciting world of imaginative play and want to branch away … Read More

Sensory Brushes & Consent Culture

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By Laurie Our introduction of sensory brushes as a tool for the children in transitions this year went in directions we couldn’t have expected, but has been really wonderful to watch. Sensory brushes are used in a very specific brushing protocol, often proscribed by an occupational therapist (O.T.), in order to bring an overstimulated or sensory-avoiding system into regulation. For … Read More

The Gift of Song

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by katee Sometimes, on special occasion, I like to write songs with the children.  I’ve learned that the process has to be somewhat swift or it all falls apart and they don’t really have fun with it any longer.  I usually give the children a topic and we just throw out ideas, and knowledge, and feelings that swirl around that … Read More

Furry Friend Visitor

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by Katee We had a very special guest come to our classroom last week. It wasn’t anyone’s parent with a special talent this time- it was a puppy!  Alisha has a close friend with a sweet 3 month old Australian shepherd named Frankie, and asked if they could come for a visit sometime.  They came and sat at circle with … Read More

Supporting Rough Play

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by Katee It is a topic that we address each year, and each year is so important to address. Rough play, horseplay, roughhousing – it’s something all little animals do as a part of their development and human children are no exception.  Children learn physical skills from this play including controlling muscle movements, they learn social and emotional skills including … Read More

Momma Midwives return!

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By Katee Back by popular demand- BS Mom and LD Mom came today to give another presentation about midwifery, doulas, and growing babies.  So many of the children who had the chance to be at school last Tuesday were buzzing about the experience and many of the children who were not there felt upset they had missed out.  So, these Mommas … Read More

Momma Midwife

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By: Katee Last Tuesday we welcomed two very special guests to our morning circle.  Not only are these people parents in our Tulip Tree community, they are also a doula and a midwife, and they are also both expecting to give birth in a few weeks.  We are welcoming 3 new babies in our community this spring and there has … Read More