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

Check-ins

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At Elm House check ins are happening all day everyday among peers. A check in happens after an altercation, an accidental bump, etc. The children will ask their friend if they’re ok and/or would like a hug. Here we see WS throwing Benny down the slide. Benny hits the rug with a big oof! “Oh! I feel worried about Benny…” … 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

Paint Paint Paint!

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By I Bee and I wonder what we can do this afternoon with the children. We think perhaps a walk? Her and I look outside…No…it’s too cold! Bee says “How about painting? We haven’t done that in awhile.” “Yes!” I say. We are so excited to see the children’s thoughts and creativity on paper! First we tape a giant piece … 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

Wolf Ways

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This morning we had a special guest named Maryanne who is a WolfWays educator from Oregon Wild. She came to teach us all about wolves, a beautiful animal that   We looked at the difference between pretend wolves who dress up like grandma and try to trick children and real wolves who are very shy and afraid of humans. We learned … 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