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

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

Paint Paint Paint!

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By I Bee and I wonder what we can do this afternoon with the children. We think perhaps a walk? Her and I look outside…No…it’s too cold! Bee says “How about painting? We haven’t done that in awhile.” “Yes!” I say. We are so excited to see the children’s thoughts and creativity on paper! First we tape a giant piece … Read More

Oat Afternoon

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By Bee The children have truly been enjoying the water work we have been doing on the light table the past few months. However, I’ve noticed that as the weather continues to chill, having wet sleeves is becoming more and more uncomfortable. I found myself curious as to whether the children would enjoy pouring and scooping dry ingredients as much … 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

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

More connecting!

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I’m seeing so many connections this month! I see that these toddlers are finding things that they have in common with each other and using that as a way to interact, and therefore, bond. I have no doubt that these bonds (old & new) will only grow stronger as we approach the new school year. We are excited to watch … 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

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