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

Traces of Wildlife

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By Kerry A few weeks ago, LS yelled out to the teachers on the yard to “Come look!” Normally this exclamation occurs when a child has found a new crop of mushrooms. a snail in the garden, or lately, bird poop. We teachers were pleasantly surprised to find something much more unique to our backyard habitat: an OWL PELLET!! After … Read More

Check-ins

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At Elm House check ins are happening all day everyday among peers. A check in happens after an altercation, an accidental bump, etc. The children will ask their friend if they’re ok and/or would like a hug. Here we see WS throwing Benny down the slide. Benny hits the rug with a big oof! “Oh! I feel worried about Benny…” … 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

Marching Bands!

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While we were out on the yard this week the children heard a loud, funky beat and got very excited when they followed the sound. The high school marching band’s percussion section was practicing just across the street! We took this opportunity to go check out the free show. The kids brought sticks and pans from the yard to follow … 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