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

Project Pollution

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By Kerry The past month or so, the children have been diving in deep, exploring ways our actions affect the ocean ecosystem and ultimately our planet. In this particular experiment, the children tried first hand to undo some specific ways humans have polluted the ocean. We began with a clean ocean setting. We gathered plastics you may find or use … 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

Birthdays!

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We have had so many birthdays recently and handful more around the corner. We like to celebrate with song, stories, dance, and some special classroom rituals. Children can bring their family to join us, photos, and some special from home to share. We sing to them, light candles as they walk around the sun, read aloud wishes from the children … 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

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