The festivities had only just begun. A little later in the morning, we had a full group snack. Together, we enjoyed the celebratory chocolate cake the children made. Yum!
Next... It was time for a DANCE PARTY. We remembered how much fun it is to dance with a good friend.
To cap off our exciting day, Prater and Cassius made a trip downstairs to see Joy, the woman who works in the front office in the church. They gave her a gift of watercolors, sparkles, and fruit cake to say thank you for all her hard work, and of course, happy holidays.
Mac's mommy, Tasha, came in today to share a Family Tradition: the story of the gingerbread man. Mac and Tasha brought in enough gingerbread cookies for every child to decorate their own. Icing, eyeballs, and mustaches were some of the decorations we used to make every gingerbread unique.
The following video shows our wild goose chase to find the gingerbread man's arm, his leg, his body, and his head.
And finally, we read the story of the gingerbread man. Here's an excerpt from a very similar book about the Gingerbread Boy...
Tribal music inspired Lucy and Grace to move!
The challenge in construction was to build some structure that contained music or sound. Prater, Carl, and friends built and performed on a "music show" stage while Lila announced it was a "music castle" and she was the "music queen." She invited Ellee to be the "music princess" and Grace to be another queen.
When teachers reminded children of our plans to design and build our own instruments, Bruno had some ideas: "Let's do an experience with only water and stuff. Put skeletons and robots and they'll sing." Alex added, "Rattle their bones. There'll be a rock protecting the skeleton."
Later, Rose and Hadley experimented with new instruments and sound.
We made a chocolate cake for Maya's birthday/going away party this Friday.
Then, Mac's birthday committee gave him the presents they made for him: A Triceratops with three Ninjagos! One Ninjago is standing up in a forest, and the other two are riding on the back of the dinosaur. Later in the day Mac turned to Rose and said, "I love my present. I love what you made me."
In the studio, we decorated our mini-tree and plants with beads and streamers, then painted Christmas trees.
Hanukah starts next Tuesday, the 12th so friends played the Dreidel game today, a Hanukah tradition. They learned the rules of play according to the four sides of the spinning top - the Hebrew letters, nun, gimbal, hay, and shin. Sorry, parents, but we did treat them to the real Hanukah gelt or chocolate coins. As a remedy for running out of coins and having to leave the game, children got to eat a coin when they lost.
Friends built two giant towers in construction that required the ladder to complete. They focused on stability and design and were rewarded with a fine structure that we kept up until Monday.
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND, EVERYONE! WE'LL LEAVE YOU WITH THE
In the classroom, a small group participated in a yoga experience. In this exercise, one child is carefully wrapped up in the yoga mat, like a caterpillar in a cocoon. Below you can see Alex's friends patting and pressing gently into the mat to make him more comfortable.
Then, the child is unwrapped by their friends. As Rose slowly unwrapped Hadley, she put her hand on the mat to steady Hadley's movement and said, "She was going too fast so I slowed her down." Once Hadley was free, she flew off like a beautiful butterfly!
This type of yoga exercise helps calm children by providing support and pressure on their bodies, making them feel safe. Many said they didn't want to get unrolled! Group yoga helps children learn to be gentle and supportive with one another.
Carl received a pirate ship complete with canons and cannon balls, two sails with jolly rogers, a crow's nest, black flag, and a skull and cross bones figurehead. There's also a treasure chest filled with jewels and the special "fire ruby."
Thank you to Helen Sale who came in to share her family's holiday tradition of making Christmas cards.
Below is a conversation about sound from yesterday that Joci and Jen had with four children. Before this conversation, we had asked them if there is a difference between music and sound and all agreed that they were the same. During backwards day, we had collected objects on the playground that made sounds so perhaps sound was foremost in their minds.
Bruno, Ellee, Hadley, Willa
(Children making sounds with found objects.)
Jen - Is there always noise and sound? Is there anywhere there isn’t sound?
Joci - Melanie told us about the Christmas tree that fell down in her mother’s house.
Hadley - If a christmas tree falls down, it doesn’t make any sound.
Joci - She said that her mother wasn’t sure if when it fell down it make a sound.
Hadley - Because you’re not there or you don’t hear it.
Ellee - If a house is nearby and it’s really big, you can hear it.
Joci - What if there’s no house nearby?
Ellee - It can still make a loud sound if it’s really big. Even it’s light, it would make a sound.
Joci - Is there anywhere that doesn’t make a sound?
Bruno - Sixteen hundred years ago people were not even born. There was just dinosaurs. But there was noise because they stomped.
Ellee - Dinosaurs said, “Roar.”
Joci - What about before dinosaurs?
Bruno - We were monkeys (makes noise).
Joci - And before that?
Bruno - We were cavemen.
Joci - Before that?
Ellee - There was quiet.
Bruno - Because no one was around town.
Joci - What if you were on a mountain? Jen, you take trips into the woods a lot. Do you hear noises around you?
Jen - The wind makes a sound.
Bruno - Wind is everywhere.
Joci - Anything else in our world that makes sounds?
Bruno - Chickens (makes clucking sound)
Hadley - Whistling
Ellee - Rain and snow
Hadley - Humming
Joci - Does snow make noise?
Ellee - No
Hadley - On Friday, snow is coming.
Jen - Maybe you could listen to the snow.
Joci - And if it rains tonight - there’s 100% chance - do you think you could do some homework and listen to the rain?
Ellee - Then I would be sleeping on the job. Because we stayed up all night.
Joci - Do you hear the rain fall on the roof at night when you’re lying in bed?
Hadley - I hear it.
Joci - What does it sound like?
(Willa makes sound with fingers on table)
Hadley - It’s like this (makes sound on table).
Bruno - It doesn’t even sing.
Hadley - Bruno you have very silly ideas
Ellee - I heard fireworks instead of thunder. I thought it was thunder but it was fireworks.
Jen - Sometimes you hear a sound and you think it’s something different from what it really is.
Willa - I heard thunder and I just didn’t know what it was.
Joci - Why do some people not like thunder?
Ellee - It’s scary. I don’t like lightening and sometimes thunder means lightening.
Hadley - I like both of them.
Jen - Dogs don’t like thunder either.
Joci - What is it about thunder that makes people and dogs scared?
Willa - Because it’s loud.
Joci - How does that make you feel?
Ellee - Overwhelmed. And surprised.
MORE TO COME . . .
Six children came down to Blake Hall to play a game of hockey. First they discussed who would be on which team.
Mac: I’m the goalie.
Carl: How can we make the goal? How bout the chairs can be the goals.
Bruno plays music with jars of various level of colored water. He played along to Jingle Bells
Friends worked together to write a message to Victor for his decoupaged box. Willa wrote: FELIZ NAVIDAD!
Finally we ended our Friday with singalong led by none other than the Tucker Room. Melanie played so many holiday songs on her ukulele. Grace said, "I love all the Christmas songs!"
HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND!