At morning meeting, we listened to the sound of a drum and discovered where we felt it in our bodies. Before the first drum beats sounded, Cassius said, "Only you can hear it when your eyes are open because the sound feels softer. When your eyes are closed the sound has to be louder. And you need to feel it louder in order to feel that."
(Joci bangs drum once)
Willa: I heard it loudly but I closed my eyes.
Cassius: It’s not about hearing, you have to try to feel it.
Rose: I felt it.
(Joci bangs drum several times)
(All): My tummy.
Grace: Me too but my ears kind of felt like plugged, and something was in it, going like this. (puts fingers in ears repetitively)
Jay: And something was inside my tummy, hitting it. And it was rumbling.
Cassius: Hey, Jay heard the same sound I was hearing, but Jay, your tummy was rumbling, but the sound was making your tummy rumble. Did you know that?
Jay: It was almost like a drum was banging in my tummy all by itself.
Cassius: Yeah and that made your tummy rumble.
Susan: I felt it right here (points to bottom of neck, between collar bones)
Cassius: Me too! I felt it right here also!!
Joci: In your neck? Someone said yesterday they feel sound in their neck. It was Jay!
Melanie: And someone else said they feel sound in their arm.
Rose: I felt it in my ears.
(Prater and Willa agree)
Grace: I felt it in my heart. Like it was going so fast, because THAT (the drum) was going so fast. Like…. (beats chest).
(Rose and Willa agree, also beat chests)
Joci: So your heart was beating louder because of the drum?
Lila: Mine was like that.
Willa: Mine was beating super loud. (beats chest) I can’t even do it as loud.
Grace: Yeah I can’t even do it as loud or as fast.
(Joci bangs drum several times, much louder)
Cassius: My head.
(Grace shows her eyes blinking over and over the way the drum was beating.)
Grace: I could not even stop.
Jay: My eyes were like this (stares straight ahead)
Prater: Mine were blinking so fast.
Grace: When you kept banging it, my drum started lifting up and banging on my ear.
Lila: Mine too.
Grace: Bang! Bang! Bang! That’s what it does every time.
Joci: When the sound goes in your ear, the ear drum actually drums?
Grace: Yeah. It goes drum, drum, drum.
Cassius: You could break your ear like that.
Rose: But it doesn’t move. It just makes sound.
Grace: No, it got lifted up and out of my ear.
Cassius: Guys this is actually true, the drum does not make sound in the ear… It’s not like a bongo drum. It’s not like a bell. It helps keep the sound in your ear and it helps you listen to the sound. So, that’s where all your sound comes that you hear into your body. It gets to choose where it wants to go.
Prater - Maybe Grace's ears are special.
After our conversation, we shared a new documentation binder called, "SOUND AND VIBRATION RESEARCH."
Joci: Does anyone know what “research” is?
Grace: Finding out. Finding out what something means.
On the cover of the binder is Bruno's drawing of vibration. He had referred to the ripples made by water when you throw a stone in.
Grace: What if you threw yourself in? If you throw yourself in, maybe you’ll make an angel vibration. ‘Cause your body’s like . . .
Melanie: Like a snow angel?
Grace: Like a snow angel.
Today our task was to begin work on Ellee's part of the humongous instrument. Previously, Ellee's friends chose to represent her design with a clear box filled with multi-colored objects like a chain, bottle caps, nails, and acorns. Today, Lucy, Prater, Alex, Willa, and Cassius used artists' palettes to mix beautiful colors for these objects.
Yamile (Yami), Willa's nanny, shared her love of bridges with us today since she heard we were interested in them.
Yami - Everywhere I look for the bridges and I take pictures. I found 43 bridges. Some bridges you can just walk, other ones are for trains and other ones are for cars - all of them are so big, right? Here I have some pictures to show you. This is a huge bridge in Sacramento, California.
Yami - Here I have one in Baltimore. It's kind of in the middle of the trees and it's beautiful.
Willa - It's a walking bridge.
Yami - I felt like a fairy walking on this bridge.
Yami - This is one is my favorite ones. The Key Bridge. It's very close to here.
Jay - Part of the Key Bridge is under construction.
Yami - We use this bridge to come to school.
Willa - Every single day.
Yami holds up a picture.
Jay and Cassius -The Golden Gate!
Cassius - I crossed that once in California.
Other bridges we saw were in Nevada, Mississippi, Colorado, on Roosevelt Island here in DC, the Brooklyn Bridge, and a small bridge over a tunnel in Central Park.
Yami likes bridges "because they connect something. You can go from here to there."
Joci - Why do think she likes that idea?
Alex - So she can visit new places.
Prater - To go to the other side.
Alex - Yeah and to see what's on the other side.
Ellee - To find more bridges.
Melanie - Has anyone been on a really tall bridge and you can look out across the water? I like that.
HAVE AN AMAZING, LONG WEEKEND!
OH, AND YOU MIGHT WANT TO WEAR YOUR PJ'S INSIDE OUT AND BACKWARDS TONIGHT SO THAT IT SNOWS TOMORROW!