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

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

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

Documentation Party

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By Bee Last week was our culminating documentation party, and what an experience it was! They backyard was absolutely bustling. There was documentation on the house, on the fences, and also hanging from the trees. Adults were milling about conversing with one another and observing their children on the stools/beams. The children were talking about the photographs, munching away on … 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

“We painted with our feet today!”

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By Lauren: In a recent staff meeting, the teachers discussed process art versus product oriented art. In process art, the emphasis is placed upon the experience children have making the art rather than the final product. As we discussed process art, we brainstormed what art means to us. Ideas such as healing, self-reflection, intersection of the inner and outer world, … Read More