"Clay Play" & "Claying": Making Clay Snack Bowls
The idea for every child to make a reusable clay dish for snack was proposed last year, but it seems like this is the year to make them manifest.
This week each child will participate in working with clay in two ways: They will be playing and exploring the material and language of clay using their hands, a variety of tools, and by making impressions into the clay, and they will be applying their knowledge and practice by creating their individualized snack bowl.
Committee Work for Zarina's Book-The Final Phase
A Great Way to Start the Day
Today, James was joined by his mom, dad, and still nearly brand new baby sister, Bea.
It was wonderful to share in the joy of photographs showcasing some of James' memorable moments and in the joy of the book so thoughtfully created for him.
We celebrate you, James!
James is in an airplane cockpit - a real cockpit!
If you know James, it will not come as a surprise that his book was a construction tale. The work of his story book took the committee from the middle room (where they used the computer and internet to search for images) and into the outdoor classroom to further dig into the creation of the book. Together, they created mini-mock construction scenes to illustrate the pages of "A House for James."
Here James' dad, Mike, reads one of James' longstanding favorite books about construction vehicles. Case in point about knowing James: He loves construction vehicles! He is also very knowledgeable on the topic of construction vehicles. Any questions about the differences and types, just ask James!
A happy day, with a blueberry on top!
Into the Neighborhood: Field Trip #4
Where we go; where the children take us.
What catches the eye?
Trash! - Helping take care of the neighborhood.
At some point along our walk, a KitKat wrapper was in our path. It was pointed out, picked up, and put into our "into the neighborhood" bag. After this, the children continued spotting pieces of trash, picking them up, and putting them into our, now, trash bag (bottom left). We took a moment to look at our collected trash before throwing it away into a trash can .
Our First Chapel
This morning was our very first Chapel! We joined together in the church’s sanctuary with the Brown and Tucker Room children along with Marley and the Church's rector, Ginny. It is the Rainey Room’s job to ring the bell at the start of chapel and Caleb and Hugh enjoyed the first turn, ringing the bell one at a time to symbolise the start of our time together and the moment of silence. Alex and Bruno from the Tucker Room then lit the two candles, we sang some songs together, and Ginny read a special autumn book to the children.
We will have Chapel together once a month and we always invite you all to come and join us for this special time!
(does anyone know how to fix this video so it's not upside down? Allison needs tech help!)
Hold the phone: "Hello?" Elena was calling Vivienne on the phone. Vivienne was on the other side of the room. Let's not even talk about the expense for this "long distance" call. Later, Vivienne later was calling into the brown room. Maisie was waiting for her to come back to the couch where the phone had been left off the hook. How will we get through to Maisie, if there is an emergency?!
"I want to try," the children exclaim. Interested and eager to use the black-tipped stick, we chose to signify each others turn by moving the stick to the person next to us (our closest neighbor) in a clockwise direction. Meanwhile some sticks were needed by Dagny for her "chicken soup."
Tommy and Hugh were helpers and then Hugh said, "That's the sky in there." Tommy agreed.
We went outside a little earlier today. This made for a great opportunity to have Lily and Elena draw their cubby basket portraits for their cubby baskets. Both of them were patient enough to try again and give it practice before deciding they were done.
This morning James, Cate, and Caleb went on a walk through the neighborhood to Dean & Deluca to source some inspiration for the Rainey Room shop.
It is always a pleasure to take a small group of children on a walk because it reminds us of the little things that can capture a child’s attention, make them smile, and wonder and marvel at the world around them.
Along the way we noticed a brick that had gotten lodged out of the sidewalk. We thought about how dangerous it could be for people walking by and how the neighborly thing to do would be to stop and fix it. So the children worked together to place the brick neatly back in its place.
The children also took note of the plumbing features in the sidewalk, which serves as no surprise since the children have been building sewers in the outdoor classroom since the beginning of the school year. “I know what it is! It’s a man hole!” said Caleb. “It’s a baby hole,” he continued, “babies go through them into the sewer.” It was a very interesting observation, as they noticed the different sizes of the sewer valves and holes.
The children enjoyed the friendly neighborhood folks we passed on the street as people said hello to us and we excitedly waved and said hello back. We met a man outside a shop who was putting up a sidewalk sign outside the store’s entrance and we wondered if perhaps our classroom store needs a name and sidewalk sign.
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On our way back to school we met another friendly person in the neighborhood named Pierro while he was out walking his two dogs. The children asked Pierro if they could pet the dogs and he gave Cate and Caleb the leashes to walk the dogs by themselves as he was walking in the same direction. We walked the dogs for a few blocks and parted ways.