Preparing the Garden

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By Kerry It’s that time of year again! The final frost has passed, the weather is warmer and the sun is out nearly every day. In preparation for the major gardening that will be happening after spring break,  we all sat down and read a book called Princess Chamomile’s Garden, where we learned that Princess Chamomile had to draw a … Read More

Water Beads

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By Bee The last couple of days you may have heard your child mention water beads. We’ve been working with these wonderful creations this past week. The children, and staff, are absolutely enamored with them. This afternoon we laid the bin in the afternoon sunlight, and it was pure magic. Here are some images as well as the children’s reflections. … Read More

Project Pollution

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By Kerry The past month or so, the children have been diving in deep, exploring ways our actions affect the ocean ecosystem and ultimately our planet. In this particular experiment, the children tried first hand to undo some specific ways humans have polluted the ocean. We began with a clean ocean setting. We gathered plastics you may find or use … Read More

Traces of Wildlife

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By Kerry A few weeks ago, LS yelled out to the teachers on the yard to “Come look!” Normally this exclamation occurs when a child has found a new crop of mushrooms. a snail in the garden, or lately, bird poop. We teachers were pleasantly surprised to find something much more unique to our backyard habitat: an OWL PELLET!! After … Read More

The Perfect Hair Do

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By Bee Here at Elm House, we try to honor the children’s wishes to the best of our abilities. Part of this comes down to consent. We don’t touch the children without their permission, we don’t put their name on their art without them first showing us where, and participation isn’t a requirement in any of our activities. Another part … Read More

Marching Bands!

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While we were out on the yard this week the children heard a loud, funky beat and got very excited when they followed the sound. The high school marching band’s percussion section was practicing just across the street! We took this opportunity to go check out the free show. The kids brought sticks and pans from the yard to follow … Read More

Teaching Trump

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by Katee Today RT came in to school with a passionate storm of ideas about Donald Trump.  He explained that he “just doesn’t really like Trump very much” because he’s not very nice, and all he cares about is money but he doesn’t care about people or animals. I recorded about 10 minutes of video of this child’s concerns and … Read More

Our Sensory Room Experience

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by Katee We have recently said goodbye to our sensory room installation that has been up since the beginning of this school year, and are transforming it into a more general atelier for different project work right now.  While it felt like it was time to move on with this space, I was also sad to see this particular installation … Read More

Asteroids!

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By Kerry After the recent time change we were all out of sorts for a week as we adjusted to our new sleep schedule and to less daylight for playing outside. But one good thing did come of the clocks moving back. We can now see the moon! While we are in school! We’ve been talking so such about space … Read More

New Mushrooms Every day

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By Katee “I’m in the Mushroom Fan Club!” – ER The children have been increasingly wanting to hunt for mushrooms outside lately, and we are lucky to have an abundance of fungus here in our yard with all of our trees, wet leaves, and stumps.  It’s like nature’s little treasure hunt and even the teachers really don’t know what we’re … Read More