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

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

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

Perfect Days for Leaf Piles

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by Katee The winds of the west are upon us and its blowing all of our leaves down at once. Lucky for us this is coinciding with a dry spell and so our leafs are easily raked, piled, thrown, and so fluffy to jump into! The children have been collecting as many as they can underneath the geodome so that … Read More

Fall Has Arrived!

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It’s is fall here at Elm House, and we sure are embracing it! Fall at Elm House means:   The children are working with pumpkins, squash or gords at various times of the day  The children are wearing their favorite fall gear The children love to watch the leaves fall at the goodbye window Some mornings and afternoons we need … Read More

Animal Bath

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By Bee The children are resting. There are a few quiet moments before they begin to stir. I set up a provocation. Water has been a big hit lately, and with the temperature cooling outside, I decide to run it hot so that it is pleasantly warm by the time it is used. How to spice it up? One of … Read More

The Space Craze

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By Kerry Reading books about the moon, animals in space and what it takes to be a real astronaut have inspired questions and imaginative scenarios for the children to explore during play. They want to know everything about our solar system and the equipment and people that explore it. The classroom is packed to gills with different ways for the … Read More

Finding what’s Fallen

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by Katee Can you believe the first days of Fall are already behind us and tomorrow starts October?! As we’ve been talking about elements of a face and creating faces out of buttons and paper, bottle caps and rubber bands, we have also been looking at making faces out of natural elements.  Today we read the book , “Leaf Man” … Read More

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