What an incredible VALENTINE'S DAY FEAST we enjoyed today! Thank you so much, Nikki and Carola, for arranging the breakfast, providing the delicious food, and beautiful flowers!
Carl painted colored slip onto his six clay tiles and sponged it off for a "washed" effect, a process that makes the impressions in the clay more vivid and defined. With each tile he excitedly stopped to comment on
what he noticed.
“It’s magic! There’s fish and ants.”
“Woah! Look, it’s like a submarine.”
“It looks like a bridge.”
A conversation about SOUND
Melanie: What are some ways that your body feels a sound?
Alex: You can hear it. You can hear it in your ears. The sound goes through the ear drum, it moves through three little bones . . .
Rose: But there’s even like a little drum.
Alex: And then the last bone moves like a windshield or something, and it bumps a thing with lots of hairs inside, that makes you hear. And if you can’t hear so well, that means a little bit of a patch of hairs has come off. (The hairs) make you hear. If some of them are cut off, if some of them are missing, that means you can’t hear that well.
Rose: When you get older, you can’t hear really well anymore.
Melanie: Why do you think that might be?
Prater: Because when sounds get lower, grown ups can’t hear anything. Like, low. If grown ups can’t hear it, then children can.
Joci: Rose, did you say there is a drum inside the ear?
Rose: Not “a drum." I mean the thing that’s inside your ear.
Joci: Not a drum that you bang on.
Alex: The ear drum. It vibrates.
Jay: It vibrates because your whole body vibrates.
Cassius: That’s where your vibrating comes from.
Alex: No, the sounds hits off it. Off the drum. The drum is the outside of the ear.
Jay: It’s not like a ginormous drum.
Alex: It’s just like that big (holds up fingers to show how small). It’s a little farther in.
Joci: If someone beats a very loud drum, is there anywhere else you can feel it besides your ears?
Cassius: In my stomach.
Mac: My arm.
Jay: My neck.
Prater: How ‘bout we can make instruments out of people? (laughs)
Joci: Can your body be an instrument?
(Lila pats legs. We all experiment with making different noises with our voices. Mac shows us how to "beat box.")
After morning meeting, the drawing challenge was to show how sound enters your body.
Rose: These lines are the sounds, and this is the ear. And this is the drum that’s making the sound.
Alex: These are the hairs, that’s the bone, this is the ear wax, that’s more earwax. And this is the outside here.
Melanie: How does the music get from my phone to my ear?
Alex: You just hear it. From the speaker into here.
Ellee: It vibrates through the air into your ear.
Melanie: Does my ear put the sound into the rest of my body?
Alex: No, into your brain. So you can know what that sound is. They send the sound up to your brain, and then the brain figures out what the sound is.
Melanie: So, my brain learns what certain sounds are.
Alex: It knows this sound (taps pen).
Ellee: It bounces off from where it was made into my ear.
Melanie: After it gets to my brain, does it stay there forever?
Alex: If you forget about it, no.
Melanie: So it’s a memory.
Rose: Well I remember my favorite song. (Starts singing “The Cup Song”) “You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone." But how do you hear it when you sing it?
Ellee: It bounces off your lips into your ear.
Ellee: (drawing) That’s the vibration. It’s bouncing up from the drum. That’s Lou Lou.
Rose: (drawing) This is the sound, and these are the three bones that are in the ear.
Melanie: If a sound was too loud, do you think the ear would get hurt?
Rose: Yeah. Like when the boys scream it goes into my ear. (My) ears hurt.
Ellee: (another drawing, the seashell looking one) I think that’s what it looks like close up.