The Younger Group



Elaina Vimmerstedt teaches the three-year span of the Younger Group. She "lives the day" with her children, carefully nurturing the group of six through nine-year-olds as they develop into a caring, concerned community of learners.

Academics begin to have a more traditionally structured form in the YG, with a strong basis in problem solving. The children are encouraged to find and use their own strengths as learners to build their skills through a large variety of activities and equipment.

The classroom is bright and busy. Elaina encourages movement and talking, because children need to do both to learn. The whole YG works on many things together, like plays, singing, group books, and a sense of group responsibility. They also work in small learning groups, teaching each other, and as individuals, developing their own ideas, work habits and projects.

Elaina believes that children in these age ranges "need a wide path for learning."



YG Newsletter

  • YG Wishes for the World
    Written by

    The YG Spring Writing Collection project is in full swing! Some of the children wrote about their wishes for the world - here they are: 


    Author 1:

    I wish Pokemon were alive 

    I wish I could be in the olympics

    I wish everyone could pick the colors

    Author 2:

    My wish is if there was no money because there would be no poor people. 

    Author 3: 

    I wish that pollution was not a thing. 

    Author 4: 

    No pollution and everyone could have dragons

    Author 5: 

    My wish for the world is everyone to have Jeff basos money

    Author 6: 

    my wishes for the world are to STOP war in ukraine, and Russia TO STOP takeing ukraine resources

    Author 7: 

    my wishes for the world is everyone would stop wars, nobody would die, and nobody would fight, everyone was friendly, Russia would stop the war in ukraine, and the world would never end. 

    Author 8: 

    My wish for the world is that pepol stop kilin anamols. 

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Elaina - The Younger Group Teacher

Elaina Vimmerstedt - Younger Group

Elaina was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. She studied music education and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Wittenberg University in Springfield, and holds a certification in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). During her time in college, Elaina served as an Americorps VISTA for Springfield Promise Neighborhood in their summer school program. After graduation, Elaina sought out alternative teaching posts that honored the humanity of the children and teachers involved. This search initially led her to the Glen Helen Outdoor Education Center. During her time at Glen Helen, she led 30+ groups of children through the acres of the Glen Helen Nature Preserve. She also served as the program coordinator for the outdoor school.

Elaina first visited The Antioch School as an intrigued teacher from another school - she went to observe the environment, teachers, and children to see what could be gleaned from their unique approach to education. Soon after this inspirational day of observation, Elaina began working at The Antioch School as the assistant teacher in the Older Group classroom and an artist in residence teaching music to all classes.

“One of the most important responsibilities of a teacher is to know their students deeply. In that knowing, there is room for each child to be themselves and to be affirmed in their identity. In that knowing, there is acceptance of their unique trajectory in life. I always start with the learner. It is an honor to help facilitate the daily discoveries of children at The Antioch School as they grow.”

The Younger Group
For first-, second-, and third-graders
8:30 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

Upcoming Younger Group Events

Sat Aug 27 @ 9:00AM - 02:00PM
Opening of School Work Bee

Thu Sep 01 @ 6:00PM - 08:00PM
School Welcome Picnic

Contact Christine

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Testimonial of Alban Holyoke.

Alban Holyoke
The Antioch School 1990-1999