It's the last Friday of the month and teachers will be working on school maintenance and clean-up this afternoon, so there will be no journal. Have a wonderful weekend!
A small black bug was found outside in KW yesterday and given a home in a jar. The children named him "Anty McFireflier". When we found him this morning, however, he had passed away. We were very sad to lose him, but it gave us an opportunity to talk about all our experiences with bugs. We also wondered where we could find another ant just like him somewhere on the playground.
Because we cared for Anty, we placed him in a special bowl with a leaf. Lila made him a card, and asked everyone in the class (including teachers) to draw a heart.
The Continued Story of Mac and his Clay Zombie...
We carefully built a wall using sand as the mortar.
We swung from the climbing pole upside down.
And we went down the slide like a surfer!
Ellee has introduced a new trend at the message center of drawing treasure maps. Willa, Rose and Prater joined her this morning. "It's to find sparkles" says Ellee. She commented that the treasure, once found, would be "pink and blue and green and silver crystals." Lucy said her map would lead to "a treasure chest filled with treasure and chocolate coins".
We got NEW wheelbarrows!
... Made by the talented Victor! We were so thrilled to see this new equipment, we got right to work digging. It was hard work lifting the wet hay into the wheelbarrows. We then dumped the hay behind the climbing structure. As Prater dropped off another load of hay, she commented that they were building a "farm". Many children agreed a horse could live very happily back there with all that hay! Another fun moment outside: Willa shares her unicorn horn with Lucy for "one whole day". She even helps her put in on her head comfortably. What a good friend!
Lately we've been talking about the sounds of springtime, especially the tweeting of birds in the morning. We recently discussed how sometimes, when you hear a bird say "hooo", it could be a mourning dove rather than an owl. And today, we happened to find a mourning dove sitting on the fence, watching us getting our cubby bags at the end of the day! (See video below)
Adventures outside today... see the captions for details!
Mystery Guest... Alex's Granddad! Or as we like to call him... Dr. Vujan. And of course the lovely Emilia joined us, too!
“One of the ways we learn about the world around us is through our sense of hearing,” said Alex’s granddad. He brought out a tuning fork: a metal tool which vibrates when struck with a mallet, and emits a soft sound. Everyone got a chance to try hitting it and listening. Alex put the tuning fork on top of his head to feel the vibrations. His granddad commented, “You can even hear through the bones of your head.” Then he explained how sounds waves actually push the molecules in the air; he said, “The molecules of air are shaking back and forth.” Cassius asked, “What are molecules?” Alex’s granddad elaborated by saying, “In the air… It looks like there’s nothing there, right? But guess what? There’s gases. Oxygen, Nitrogen, water vapor… They’re invisible to our eyes.”
Thanks so much for coming in Dr. Vujan!
Today was another ECES day this week, so we had visiting educators touring the school and an after-school discussion. In the snapshots below, you can get a quick glimpse at some of the fun we had today. Have a lovely weekend!
We made lots of banana bread today to give as a gift to Victor.
Today we celebrated Jay's school birthday! Joining him today were his mommy and daddy, Susan and Ashley, who showed us some videos of some of Jay's fun adventures this year - especially times when Jay tried something for the first time. Some stories they told about Jay...
Jay's birthday committee (Mac, Rose, and Lucy) worked so hard on his gift of 3 clay monster trucks and were very proud to present it to him. On the left in the picture above is Zombie, with waving red arms and big golden teeth. The smaller red car is called "Blaze". One of the monster trucks will stay at school to show incoming children what kinds of clay projects we make at St. Johns... the ferocious blue "Megalodon" monster truck.
A very happy birthday to you, Jay!!! We love you!
Here is a flyer we have written to send to the people of Georgetown, letting them know we are coming...
Decorating our Giant Instrument and leaving preschool (sigh) all in one morning meeting conversation
Melanie - We are thinking we should decorate the sides of our big instrument. Rattles drawn by Carl and Bruno are projected. We’re going to hang the instruments on the side, right?
Jay - What if Rose’s instruments can go on the roof and we can get under and blow. And the tube can go through the roof.
Rose - We can make a hole.
Melanie - We can also project the fish guitar, too. What if we painted our instruments where they are going to get hung on the outside of the box?
Ellee - We might need to use nails because magnets don’t stick to wood.
Melanie - I bet we can use magnets in some way.
Ellee - What if we wanted to do it at the library? We’d have to play quiet songs and for snack we can just use little bags and nail hooks into the wood to hang the bags.
Bruno - What if we don’t make it in time?
Alex - Then the Rainey Room will make it maybe.
Teachers share the little books about the making of each instrument - on the new panel.
Melanie - Bruno, to answer your question, we have time. We still have 6-7 more weeks.
Alex - Seven weeks until we’re done with preschool. Yeesh!
Rose - We have the whole May!
Joci - Part of this is sad. We’ll miss our friends.
Rose - But you can make messages!
Prater - You can have play dates!
Jay - Carl and I aren’t going to miss each other because we are going to be at the same school.
Carl - My sister has a friend and she’s not in the same class and anyway she still has a playdate with her.
Alex - I’m going to Lafayette.
Hadley - I’m not going to miss Cassius because he’s going to the same school as me.
A "PAINTING CHALLENGE" BY PRATER
"One person makes a painting and the other person has to copy it."
CASSIUS (left) CHALLENGED BRUNO (right)
"IT'S A BASEBALL GAME. FIRST, SECOND, THIRD BASE. AND THE PITCH."
THE MUMMIES SAY, "HAVE A GREAT (SCARY) WEEKEND!"
This group of boys played "scary music" on the piano. Then they performed The Phantom of the Opera (a movie that Cassius confirmed is "so scary"), with Jay as conductor.
Our Mystery Guest today was Louis, Prater's daddy! Leigh, Prater's sister, came too! Louis first demonstrated a couple of bird calls from his experience turkey hunting. The first one was the call of a great barred owl. Then, Louis showed us his special trick: he uses a contraption that goes in his mouth to make the realistic sound of a female turkey gobble.
Thanks for coming in, Louis!!
Carl, Hadley, and Lila asked Alex what he'd like for his birthday clay sculpture. He knew right away - a shark on a rocket ship to outer space! His friends worked so hard that all we have to do is paint the sculptures tomorrow.
Carl draws the lines for the shark's fins.
Lila attaches teeth to the shark's mouth.
Hadley does her best impersonation of a scary shark.
Carl shapes the rocketship.
Interest in mummies continued today especially when we read about the process of mummification. A conversation about life, death, God, and Jesus then emerged.
Rose: Maybe dinosaurs were mummies.
Joci: There were no people around when dinosaurs were around, so who would do the mummifying?
Rose: God or Jesus.
Prater: God was there. Jesus hadn’t been born yet.
Joci: So God was there when the dinosaurs were born?
Rose: Well, Jesus is the son of God actually.
Prater: He was actually born. God was not born.
Joci: How does that happen?
Carl: I don’t know.
Alex: I have no idea.
Rose: If God didn’t have a mother, how would he…
Hadley: The first people that existed in the world was Jesus, probably, and God.
Joci: Wait, is God a person?
Prater: Yes…. No! He’s like an angel.
Hadley: He’s like everything.
Hadley: Yeah, he can be everything.
Prater: No, he can’t.
Mac: He can be a tiger.
Hadley: Yes, he can! No one knows who God is.
Mac: I do!
Hadley: No one knows if he’s in the wind or anything.
Prater: Jesus is not God.
Joci: Everybody might have a different opinion about God, in fact I know a lot of people with different points of view.
Hadley: God appears in the sky.
Ellee: God’s a spirit.
Joci: What’s a spirit?
Rose: A spirit is a ghost.
Ellee: A spirit is a person who lived a long, long time ago.
Jay: No, a spirit is a ghost. Spirits are no one.
Rose: No, spirits are someone.
Hadley: They live a long time.
Bruno: God is all around the world.
Joci: Does God have to be a girl or a boy?
Rose: God is a boy anyway…
Jay: Hey, wait, did God have Jesus born? In his tummy?
Prater: Nooooooo, Mary!
Hadley: Does anyone know what happened to Jesus or God?
Prater: Jesus was dead. God never dies.
Jay: But Jesus got killed from bad guys. Can I tell you something? Jesus’ friend turned bad and he told bad guys to find Jesus and kill him and then the bad guys found him and the bad guys killed Jesus.
Prater: No…… Yeah yeah yeah. And then he came back to life.
Jay: Yeah. And then he rose again up in heaven.
Rose: Somewhere I saw a picture of Jesus and other people.
Hadley: Can you bring in the picture so we can all see him?
Prater: ‘Cause Jesus is now up in heaven.
Joci: What’s heaven?
Hadley: It’s a place where after people get buried, they travel to heaven. It’s up in the sky.
Alex: Your souls go up to heaven.