Friends experimented with a variety of impression-making materials and clay. Using picture frames, fabric, straw mats, papers, tools, and more, we made beautiful clay tiles.
Mac takes care of the babies...
This morning, we found out how many Tucker Room children can fit on one couch for meeting...... Eight!
We turned the big studio into a Music Studio. There, Alex, Carl and Hadley formed a band which they named: "THE TEAMMATES". After gathering an audience, they performed. Grace and Prater joined later. After the first group of performers left for snack, Mac, Bruno, Cassius and Ellee got a chance to play the instruments.
After the first "show", they discussed...
Ellee: I'm gonna join The Teammates.
Alex: How bout anybody who wants to play, they can.
Melanie: Do you think the audience liked the performance?
Hadley: Yes! They were clapping along!
Cassius: I loved the show.
Bruno: I loved it more than I loved it.
Grace: The show was great, because I got to be in it after I watched for awhile.
Today we had an exciting new experience - a Snap Circuit board with lights and music. It was a fun challenge for us to closely inspect the diagram, read the letters on each piece, and match them up accurately. When all the pieces are added according to the diagram, the board has a strobe light that can light up different colors, a speaker that can play scratchy noises and songs from an iPhone, and a fan that spins around. We will continue to experiment with what it can do!
A small group worked collaboratively choosing, cutting, and gluing favorite pieces from their friends' previous work to create an instrument collage. Ellee said, "It looks like an instrument from The Cat in the Hat."
For the second day, friends worked collaboratively designing a giant instrument at the chalk board. Using individual drawings and paintings, they chose elements from these designs and problem solved - how can use all of our ideas in this new design?
Brown Room children joined us for another day of painting.
Taking a closer look at our wind chime mobile...
At the chalkboard today, a small group met with their recent instrument drawings in hand. Together, they combined the instruments they have invented into one large multi-faceted sound-maker. The whole chalkboard was covered with drawings!
On the playground today... Pirates!!
Today, Mac, Cassius and Jay began their day as "spies". They built a "mailbox" which soon turned into a container for their "credit cards".
Cassius: This is the mailbox. (referring to their construction)
Mac: (typing) This is Virginia, this purple spot. We have to fly all the way to Mexico.
Jay: That's a lot of mail there.
Cassius: I'm gonna get one of the credit cards from our house real quick.
Mac: We landed... get your stuff! If you want one of these, you have to give me one of your credit card papers. It's different credit cards for wherever we need to go. One's for Target.
Cassius: I'm making one for Walgreens.
Mac: I'm making one for my granddad... and Uncle Charlie. He's in real life now. He's Jay's uncle. He's invisible.
Alex and Carl drew their credit cards, shown below. Carl's includes a picture of himself with Axel, his brother.
While Ellee was removing the tape (border) from her watercolor, the pink paint jar spilled everywhere! Ellee took it all in stride and said, "I wanted a pink background anyway." That's what we call a "Happy Accident!"
Ellee - It’s a drum for one person.
She painted decorations on the outside of the drum and added drum sticks on either side.
Despite the icy cold weather today, we got a chance to warm up with some SNOW SOCCER!
Thanks to Carola, Rose's mom, we have the opportunity to use some terrific sound equipment, including a microphone that plugs into the computer and records straight to Garageband. The tracks we record, we can then edit with different "effects". Here, Hadley records her own guitar playing.
Lucy, Mac, and Alex set up snack today completely on their own, without any help from a teacher. They put the chips and cranberries in bowls; they set up the napkins; they set up number cards for how many chips and cranberries to eat; and they set up the water - not to mention the water cups!!
Friends worked with Photoshop designing a giant instrument. Combining elements from various drawings, children began developing new ideas.
Children were invited to make clay models of their instrument drawings. We discussed how we'll be making models in preparation for making our instruments. "A model is a model for something else." Jay
(left to right) Prater, Ellee, Rose
THANK YOU, ROSE, FOR SHARING WITH US HOW YOU PLAY TWINKLE, TWINKLE ON THE KEYBOARD
At morning meeting today, we continued our recent discussion about a giant instrument that the whole school can play at once.
Bruno - Maybe we put something on top of the school and it will play it forever.
Alex - Only Marley can turn it on - once at night she turns it off and in the daytime she turns it on.
Bruno - At the end of school there will be a BIG SOUND. It will be HUGE.
Grace - Let’s make it so long that it will stick out so people walking on the sidewalk can play it.
Bruno - We can play it inside and out.
Grace - It will be so wide.
Alex - But we leave in the fall . . . and we only have like eight months.
Melanie - We still have a lot of time. We could work on it everyday.
Alex - Yeah, that would really keep us busy. We would need like nine people at a day. If we only had like six people to do it, it wouldn’t be enough. We wouldn’t have enough time . . . then Rainey Room would have to work on it.
Melanie - Maybe we can get their help . . . maybe even the Brown Room.
Alex - I saw them build some stuff when I was down there and they’re pretty good. I think they’re a little better than the Rainey Room.
Melanie: How are we gonna make an instrument that big?
Cassius: We can make one that fills up our hallway.
Prater: How bout houses even can play it.
Melanie: So will it connect to the other houses in Georgetown?
Prater: Yeah, then people can play it like my mom, and dad…
Grace: And my mom and dad and my sister and my Marley and my baby.
Melanie: Where around the school, or in the school, will this instrument go?
Melanie: Would it go around, like in a circle?
Bruno: Yeah. Around the Earth.
Rose's birthday committee (Lila, Jay, and Ellee) worked with precision on their gift for Rose, which involves a sleeping unicorn. Above, Jay cuts through the clay to create skinny, long legs. Lila and Ellee carefully craft the unicorn's torso. Mac worked independently, painting his clay minion yellow.