A Short Week in Review
Lily tells her friends about her weekend trip to Florida
A Sing Along Dance Session
Hugh's mom, Carla joined us on Monday for her very first Mystery Reader experience! Hugh almost caught her in the act when he noticed a stack of books on the kitchen table that looked awfully familiar. It is hard to slip one past these clever children! We were thrilled to have Carla join us and she read some new great books to the children. Of course there was a firetruck book and how fun that it included so many Spanish words for our Spanish speaking friends to show off their knowledge!
The Giant Book of Addresses: Cover Complete!
Adding their symbols next to their portraits...
Construction area back open!
Christine and her family have a big feast on St. Patricks day and they have the tradition of baking the scones, some of which were shared with us today for our snack. What a delight! We were also given a Shamrock plant.
Thank you so much, Christine, Elena, and Alexandra!
On a more personal note, it has been a truly rewarding experience to revisit and reflect upon the children's work with them in such an intimate and personal way. We think the children really valued the one on one time with the teacher and the children have been asking "Is it my turn yet? Is it my turn yet?" And they would continuously check in with us throughout the morning to see if we are ready for them. We can't wait to share all of the wonderful details with you all during our spring conferences!
Tegan's Grandparents grew up in Taiwan and they joined us this morning (dressed in traditional garb) to share a few special traditions of theirs with the Rainey Room friends. Tegan's grandfather showed the children how to write their names in Chinese and her grandmother showed the children how to fold paper boats and dogs in honor of the Chinese year of the dog.
Max was so excited to see his daddy today when we opened the door to welcome our Mystery Reader! Andrew read a beautiful tale by Rudyard Kipling, How the Elephant Got It's Trunk, while Max helped to show the Illustrations from the copy they read together at home, in Spanish. This was followed by reading, Art & Max.
We thank you very much, Andrew!
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During our morning meeting this morning, the children suggested building a door for the Rainey Room shop. This idea conjured many different ideas, and as we sat together around the white table to draft plans, we considered what type of door it should be, what materials we should use to build it, and how we should actually go about constructing it. We will share the full conversation with you once it is transcribed, but for the meantime we will fast forward to the suggestion of measuring all the Rainey Room children to make sure that everyone can fit through the door!
Last Thursday we were thrilled to have Vivienne's mom, Dana join us in the Rainey Room to share her special family tradition. Dana showed the children an embroidered pillow that was made specially for her by a nanny of hers when she was a little girl.
When her friends began to have children of their own she was inspired by her embroidered pillow and began to experiment and embroider pillows for the special children in her life. Dana showed us some pillows she made for Vivienne and her sister Eleanor as well as a book of different stitches from cultures around the world. We were so inspired by her work and the children were thrilled to experiment with some new techniques of their own!