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

“What’s in a bubble?”

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By Lauren: Lately, bubbles have been a favorite activity outside in the afternoon. Here are a few snippets of conversation I’ve had with children about the nature of bubbles… How do bubbles make you feel? Happy! EXCITED!! Magical! How do bubbles move? The wind! Magic! What’s inside a bubble? Nothing! Air! Why are some bubbles bigger than others? They have … 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

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

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

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

Sharing at Elm House

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Toddlers do not learn to share by having grown-ups make them do it. Having to give up a toy makes a toddler feel angry, not loving. At the toddler center children play with toys until they’re ready to give them up on their own. Caregivers may point out other toys, but they don’t make them share or take turns. -1..2..3 … Read More

The Dance of Toddler Relationships

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By Lauren: During my planning time, I have been reading the book “Extending the Dance in Infant and Toddler Caregiving” by Helen H. Raikes and Carolyn Pope Edwards. This book uses a beautiful metaphor to describe relationships during the early years of life, that relationships are a dance. “The rhythms of close relationships with parents, caregivers and teachers—back and forth, … Read More

Water our friends

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By I   Here, at Elm House, we have so many beautiful flowers blooming and plants growing! Sometimes it’s hard to remember all of our agreements about our garden and our living plant friends. Those flowers are just SO bright and big we need to grab them or pick them! I get it! Instead of saying “don’t grab the flowers” … Read More