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

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

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

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

Consent is for more than rough-housing

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by Mage When it comes to consent and the children, something I need to remind myself of occasionally is that consent is for more than rough-housing. We should ask for consent before engaging in gentle touches, before helping another person, before hugging, and in other situations, too… During our music time on Wednesday, Heidi reminded us about practicing consent when … Read More

“You’re Safe!”

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By Bee As we move into the spring and summer months we enter a transitional period; some people are leaving our community, some people are joining a different portion of our community, and new people are joining us for the first time. The past three days FBA has been visiting us in the morning. If you see him around, please … Read More