Our friend Maya is leaving for Australia soon! Because we'll miss her so much, we want to celebrate her before she leaves. We're going to throw her a going away party, and we're going to make her a present for her half birthday. To learn more about where Maya will be living, we read a book about some of the animals in Australia, including the koala, the kangaroo, and a baby kangaroo - a Joey.
While Ellee worked diligently on her ornament sewing project, she chatted with Joci and Lila.
Joci - How does Santa know if we are not going to be home for Christmas?
Ellee - It’s a mystery. Something that you need to solve.
Lila - He’s a genius. I’m so smart that I know how to sew.
Ellee - If I travel then I may not have a Christmas tree, if I travel to Poopy’s (Grandpa's)house.
Lila - (looking at Ellee’s sewing) It reminds me of a map.
Outside today, we tried a new game: SARDINES! It's a variation on hide and seek in which only one player hides, and the rest of the group (after counting to twenty) looks for them. When any of the "lookers" find the "hider", they hide with them and wait. This continues until all the players have met in the hiding place. When the last person arrives, we like to yell, "Surprise!!" Sometimes this game can lead to some very squished hiding places...
We celebrated Bruno's 5th birthday today. His mommy, Kaira, shared photos and videos of Bruno and his many adventures:
"The Buds" - 6 heads for each of the 6 boys
The freeze tag game outside continues to evolve . . . more friends joining in, rules about home base, and taking turns to be the "hip-skip-sky-blue" person.
Thank you to Alex and his family for "Grandpa Jeff and Nana's Christmas for Kids" CD. We listened to it all morning while playing in the Dramatic Play area. Here's a glimpse. Alex's favorite is Mr. Grinch!
THE PIGGY STORY...
For almost a month, Hadley has been working tirelessly on a large clay Piggy. Even when Piggy broke in the kiln, Hadley didn't give up! She put him back together with a very strong glue. Today he was finally ready to go home with her!
Some stories from the studio....
We had a special visitor as a substitute teacher today: Jay's mom, Susan! We were so lucky to have her join us today. She filmed this video of our country music inspired painting time today. Maya danced exhuberantly while she painted. Lucy painted a "rock band", shown below.
We had a visitor today! Joci's neighbor, 13 year old Kate, came in to teach us some theatre techniques and tips. Kate has performed in several stage productions including Annie, Sweeney Todd, and Seussical (the Musical). She taught us a warm-up game where we "shake out" our hands and feet. She also helped us perform a play about "sparkly unicorns".
In the construction area, Ellee, Lila, and Rose built a tall tower. They alternated using styrofoam and wooden blocks.
"Let’s make it realistic . . . realistic is thinking of something that’s real and using your imagination to build it." Ellee
Today in the studio, Carl's birthday committee (Lila, Ellee, and Jay) met to create something out of clay for their friend. Carl helped the group come up with a gift - a pirate ship. First they brought the new bag of clay from the hallway - so heavy!! Then they researched images of pirate ships online. Next, they rolled out a flat slab and carried it to the table. Finally, they sculpted the walls of the boat.
Outside, we brought the letters out from the shed to practice spelling and sounding out names! Others like Mac and Lucy made "cake" by mixing outdoor materials. We enjoyed ourselves despite the rainy weather!
Our special guest today, Caroline, brought a small group to Blake Hall. Their mission was to find out how long one Thanksgiving Feast table would be, and thus, how many Thanksgiving centerpieces we will need to make. The group used two methods for measuring:
Work continued today on making a "Light Box" Map of the school for the visiting educators next week. This time the task was to work together to draw a large map with everyone's ideas considered. Before drawing we tested Rose's map to see if it would take us to all the light boxes. It pretty much did! With just a few adjustments and some added stops, we made a giant map of the school and some of the church.
Friends began work on our Thanksgiving Day Feast table decorations - houses constructed from boxes and foam core with metal, paper, fabric, feathers, and more!
After celebrating we went outside to make some "Water cupcakes".
Making maps and Exploring our School
Below are some of the maps that have been drawn. Click the image to see the caption.