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

Mirror, Mirror on the wall

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If you notice, EH has lots of mirrors in the different play areas. Mirrors serve so many purposes during the toddler years. Mirrors give children the opportunity to explore symmetry, reflection, perspective, angles, their own movement, and self-awareness. Some toddlers will laugh or smile after looking at themselves, some point to themselves (at the reflection they see), some admire themselves … Read More

Summer Time Lawn Games

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By Lauren: Lawn games may be one of my favorite parts of summer. There’s nothing quite like gathering outside with friends for a leisurely afternoon of game playing! Well, yesterday at Elm House, we introduced a new game to the children: cornhole! We also brought out the bat for some teacher-guided batting practice. At first, we set a tube on … Read More

Connecting with new friends

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By: I   We have new friends at Elm House, and the Elm House children who have been with us for awhile are trying to find ways to connect and become friends. The children have so many inquiries about their new friends, and sometimes need an example of a kind way to show interest in playing with a new friend. … Read More

This Week at Elm House

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By Lauren: It’s the week after a vacation and the energy in the house has been robust! We’ve welcomed two new friends, AB and JS, and had a few subs as Megan enjoys an extra week of (much earned) vacation and Miss I dealt with some dramas in Mexico. Here are a few moments from this week: AB snuggles with … Read More

Kulakoops and Monkey Babies

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By Bee Right before our break I put up some artwork by Brian Froud that depicts different faeries and pixies. I wondered what the children would think of them. The following is a transcription of a conversation they provoked.   Im seeing some signs of things that aren’t real. They might be kind of scary, but might be kinda not. … Read More

Routines and Self-Care

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By Lauren: Lunch is coming to an end at Elm House. Children are sitting and chatting companionably; laughing at each others jokes and talking about what will be happening after lunch. RT looks to me, “Umm, I think I’m done.” “Okay”, I respond, “Don’t forget to clear your plate!” He laughs, “Oh yeah!” and begins to take his plate to … Read More

To Tulip Tree We Go

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By Bee You may have recently heard your child talking about taking a trip to Tulip Tree, and if not, my guess is that you will soon! For awhile our stroller was out of commission because we were unable to unlock it from the fence. The stroller was recently liberated and the children were overjoyed to hear the news Monday … Read More