The birthday committee delivers to Lily the mini chest that holds the special table setting item and surprise.
All the family gathers together to share the occasion!
Jess shares photos of Lily with Lily's help. Lily shares a book about a unicorn of which each page features a different texture on a unicorn feature. Lily took charge as she walked around the circle to give each friend a chance to see the page and feel the texture it featured. Wes read the book Uni the Unicorn read with the assistance of Maren. Ford just chilled and MarieLou who taught and sang with Lily's accompaniment, "Happy Birthday" in her home language of Tagalog.
Setting and Sharing the Table!
Every plate had an eye mask and an animal and Lily was so delighted about her table. What a joy!
"What do you want your birthday to be about?" - Cate
Lily's birthday committee gathered this morning to prepare her special Birthday snack table. "What's your favorite color?" asked Will and "What kind of table cloth do you want?" Lily answered her friends questions, green is her favorite color, she likes gems, her favorite animal is a cheetah and she said she wants "the same tablecloth as Dagny's [birthday table]"
Tommy, Cate, Maisie, Will, and Abby took notes on what Lily said and we headed over to the Tucker Room closet to gather materials...
Meanwhile at the message center...
The children worked on creating special birthday cards for Lily
Later when back inside in the cozy meadow and no longer doing warm up aerobics and oxymoronically playing freeze tag to keep ourselves warm against the wind...
"She told me that when she went to the zoo she saw a gorilla vomit, and it ate it's vomit." -Lily
This wasn't the first remark about vomit after Caleb made his choice for the morning meeting face: a "vomit face." Following singing our day into motion, the children were quick to delve into more vomit stories and had the absurd notion of St. Johns (the school) vomiting! "If the school was full of vomit, we'd have to get boats to go over the vomit," said Hugh "Yeah and then we'd call it vomit school with boats," said Lily. "We would call it St. Vomit Boat...!" said Tommy. "No the boats didn't vomit, the boats float on top of the vomit," said Hugh. "Yeah that's why we're calling it that," said Tommy. "The vomit school!" exclaimed Lily.
At the end of our day, and the beat goes on...
While we aren't exactly beatniks, we did bring some beat into the Tucker Room today with percussive instrumentation, in preparation for hosting sing along. We began with addressing volume level and using the instruments in chorus rather than in discord, and some non-verbal, hand communications were established. We signified three things: stop the sound, increase the sound, and decrease the sound. Then we discussed what is a beat and worked on keeping just that - a beat.
What is a beat? "Instead of a song... It's kind of the song, but it's different, it sounds different." -Tegan
It is almost December and a new year, be on the lookout for the December Newsletter.
Working with Wire
An array of open-ended and complex materials to aid and support our exploration
Gallery of our Wire-Work
to be continued...
Abby shares her Nickel
Maisie: Why did you choose to bring this in?
Abby: because it's special and my mommy and daddy Wanted me to bring it in
Caleb: metal actually can break
Abby: but this kind of metal it can break
Caleb: All kinds of metal can melt actually
Abby: Elena try and break it. Elena now give it to James [children pass it around]. Elena, What is your idea?
Elena: It’s breakable on hard wood
Abby: yeah, it is breakable on hard wood
Elena: Like the coffee table
Abby: yeah try to break it Lily
James: I bent it
Cate: um, Abby, giants aren’t even real so I dont think a giant can break it because giants don't even exist
James/Caleb: that's right Cate
Cate: You can draw a giant
Lily: And you can make a giant out of clay
James: or make it out of paper!
Caleb: or paint it!
James: or make it out of plastic!
Hugh: Pennies are made out of steel not metal, Steel is metal that's made out of first still has to be poured fire makes steel so first fire then it's flattened out by a... I'm talking about steel and metal those are too kind of metal but steel is different than metal how they make it first still has to get poured into a bucket like a fire and then it comes out all flattened out in a big plant of cement
Abby: You can say this after it's good for you to pause a little because then you can like say it after and then you can say it the other day
Hugh: Yeah, im done
Will: But like, metal is like you can't break
Caleb: yes you can it can melt
James: yes thats right, but you can also bend metal, right?
Caleb: and break it. And by ripping it with your hand! No! Tin foil!
James: Tinfoil you can rip!
Caelb: it’s lighter than paper
Cate: Tin foil is not metal
Hugh: no, its so soft, i’ve seen tin foil
Cate: I could just cut it with a knife
Caelb: I could cut it with my fingers
James: I could cut it with my teeth!
Will: and it’s like a guitar string, it’s made out of that
Abby: you share first and then you try to break that
Tommy: I know who could break that, my dad once breaked a building made out of metal
Cate: yeah, the window
Tommy: The whole building was made out of metal
James: no that's right, you can't break a building that's made out of metal
Tommy: but you know that my dad could lift the table out of my house
James: what was the table made out of
Tommy: wood really really really really heavy wood
Allison: It looks like Abby brought in a coin and it looks like Cate brought in a coin, has anybody noticed any differences between the two coins?
Maisie: Cate’s is brown and Abby’s is...
Lily: Abby’s is white
Maisie: no, silver
Caleb: And it’s bigger
Allison: Abby’s is bigger and Cate’s is smaller?
Cate: That’s because, Mine is a coin and abby’s isn’t a coin
Hugh: Yes it is
Cate: no it isn’t, I’ve seen this before and mine is the difference
Tommy: Abby has a penny
James: it has the white house on it
Cate: see the differences,
Tegan: can i see the differences?
Cate: i’ve seen both of these before, I have them in my money purse
Caleb: I have millions!
Cate: They both look different right Abby, mine has a man and yours has something else. It has this and it has this and this one…
James: turn it around the other way, let me show you what’s on it...on the other side...it’s the treasury building!
Cate: Abby’s is a nickel! Mine is a coin!
Allison: Do you know the name of the coin, Cate?
Cate: yup, these are called coins...
Caleb: No that’s a penny
Cate: and that’s called a nickel!
Caleb: No, a nickel is a coin and there’s also more like dollars and pennies
Cate: No it isn’t Caleb
James: whatever Caleb says I actually believe
Caleb: Metal is money and pennies are the small kind like what Cate has
Cate: Nickels and pennies are totally different. They are exactly the same, they are exactly different. Because Abby…. show your nickle, please, they both go on flat, but they both...come back and they both look exactly, exactly different.
"Do you know what the store was called?" asks Will
Melanie: where you got it?
Will: where did your mom and dad get it?
Abby: They got it from a different kind of store
Will: But what was the name?
Abby: It was called a store
Elena: But what was the name?
Caleb: of the store
Cate: What we think you’re saying is it’s name is ‘store,’ the store’s name is ‘store’
Tegan: Where did your parents buy it?
Abby: They got it at the store... it was a grocery store that has little big carts and little carts and it’s where my mom and dad get groceries, and there was this [nickle] on the ground and I found it and I don’t have other ones because they got lost. They are in my wallet but there’s some of them in my wallet but I can’t find my wallet so I can't find them…
Cate: If you can’t find your wallet then you cant find them!
Hi families! There will be no blog on these days because we are preparing for and hosting the NAEYC conference at our school on Tuesday and meeting with our mentor from Italy, Amelia Gambetti, for reflections and professional development on Wednesday afternoon. The teachers are also participating in the head of school search on Thursday and Friday afternoons.
We look forward to seeing you all at the Thanksgiving Feast!!
It's Better Together...
"Can I see?" -Dagny
Elena paused in her drawing, stood up, and proceeded to walk to the home shelf. She returned to her drawing with her photo album. Referencing her family portrait on the cover of the photo album she began illustrating each member of her family, as an addition to her drawing of Ribbit's house, a hotel, and a boat with a bridge above. Once each member of her family was drawn she entertained looking at her photo album with a more laissez faire approach, reflecting and commenting on the people in the photo. "That's my cousin," she said. At which point, Tegan drew nearer to Elena to view the "cousin" in the photo. Then Dagny took interest too, moving to where she could share company with her friends.
Participating in similar work as Dagny, Elena, and Tegan, regarding environments for the Ribbits, James and Will cooperative shared a paper and as they communicated thoughts and expressed ideas about their landscape drawing.
The votes are not yet in!
Working on collages for under our school portraits
Tommy's Shares an Heirloom
"It’s special to me." -Tommy
"It's a Duck-billed Platypus." -Tommy
"But my grampy had it for a hundred years! And my mom had it for a hundred years!"
Lily: Did you find it or did you get it at a store?
Tommy: My mommy gave it to me.
Cate: Where did your grandpa buy it?
Tommy: Oh I didn’t buy it! My mommy gave it to me.
Cate: And where did she buy it?
Tommy: Oh her …my mommy’s daaaad gave it to my mom.
Melanie: Why is the duckbill platypus that your grampy had and then your mommy had and gave to you, why is that special.
Caleb: It’s alive.
Tommy: Because my grampy didn’t like it when he was old, and my mommy didn’t like it when she was a grownup.
Melanie: Are you going to hold onto it until you are old?
Maisie: Then maybe you could give it to your kids.
Melanie: Wow that’s like a generational thing. Your grampy was a generation and your mommy was a generation…
Maisie: Yeah and your kids could give it to their kids and then their kids could give it to their kids and it would go on and go on until umm..
Melanie: Yeah it’s a question mark.
Tommy: It will keep going until…
Caleb: Until the sun explodes!
Tommy: No, until Doomsday!
Caleb: Doomsday is when the sun explodes.
Tommy: No Doomsday is when this portal from Heaven is in the earth… it’s in space… and the earth gets sucked into it.
Maisie: Is it fragile?
Tommy: Elena said if it’s fragile.
Melanie: Is there anything more that you know about the duck-billed platypus, the animal?
Tommy: No, I don’t. But you know I want five more questions because I’m five.
"Then maybe you could give it to your kids! ... And your kids could give it to their kids and then their kids could give it to their kids and it would go on and go on until umm.."
Cate: my grandma didn’t give it to me…okay, she sent it from heaven. People can send pennies from heaven when they’re dead. It’s true…because when they’re dead they send pennies from heaven
Hugh: yeah they can just drop them down, because they will fall out of the air.
and then they land somewhere around the city
Caleb: they just drop them down
Cate: this one i found in my house it was in one of the cubbies. where all the broken stuff is…where my dad fixes things and i found a penny and they don’t belong there. i never had them there so i figured that she sent them from heaven.
Hugh: well, if it’s dropped from the air it could’ve just dropped from your chimney into your house.
Cate: no, it um, wasn’t in the fireplace
Hugh: well it has to go through the chimney to your house
James: well maybe it had invisible wings and it flew down the chimney
Cate: I dont even know how they send it from heaven
Caleb: they probably just drip it down from the sky!
"When did you find it?" asks Maisie
Cate: okay I found it right when I first….I found it on the umm, day when I was gonna bring in the yellow balloon but instead i thought of the penny so I brought it in
Lily asks, "When…What….um, did you think of anything else to bring in?"
Lily: What? The balloon?
Cate: A yellow balloon
lily: anything else?
Cate: but, um, I decided to bring in the penny because i knew that the balloon would deflate.
Tegan: and it wouldn’t sit on the shelf
Cate: and then it would roll off the shelf
James: that’s right
Tegan: because balloons have air in it so it wouldn’t stay on the shelf
Cate: yeah, or of you tied it to the shelf
Hugh: if you didn’t it would just go up in the air by the roof and it would get blown by the air vent
Caleb: and it would get popped by the light
James asks, "How do you think it got to heaven?"
Cate: I think it got to heaven by um, maybe she was holding pennies…I do not know…
James: maybe she was holding a penny and then she just died and it bounced up off the ground and floated to heaven
Caleb: maybe heaven is made out of pennies and one broke off of the wall of pennies
Allison: Why is it special to you?
Cate: because it reminds me of my grandma. Okay so I found one penny in the dirt once, which was disgusting, pennies look disgusting when they have dirt on them. It was just too dirty.
Allison asks, "Is this penny special to you?"
James asks, "How do you think it stayed in heaven without falling?"
Cate: I think it just….
James: Was a little wall?
Cate: maybe there was a little hole in the wall and that’s how the…and when they wanted the pennies to come, they just…there was a hole in the wall and it was shaped like this….
James: and then the pennies could fly out?
Cate: and then the pennies would drop somewhere
James: like boom boom boom boom boom
Cate: not like that, because when it happened you couldn’t hear it. it was like that…it didn’t make a noise [motions dropping] i didn’t even watch it drop
James: so it could’ve happened at night!
Cate: yeah, I hear a lot of noises at night so it could’ve happened at night, so yeah.
Will: maybe it just broke through the door and made no noise
Melanie asks, "Why was your grandma special to you?"
Cate: because she um, I don’t know…she um, hmmm. I have grandmas but that was my great great great great great great great great great great great great great great grandma. Melanie: So that is a very old penny then
Cate: so then she got sick and then she died.
Allison: do you miss her?
Caleb asks, "What month did you find it in?"
Cate: well it was a school day…so it was not a holiday…it was a school day.
James: I can bend it
Cate: I can bend it kind’ve. When you drop it, it just stays….
Cate says, "It’s not
In connection with the calendar and job chart we relocated morning meeting. Morning meeting is now more serious with an elevated maturity and board meeting style seating as we kneel around the large wooden "coffee table." Seated here effectively orients us to participate with the elements of planning that we aim to focus on and communicate at the start of each school day. The children adapted quickly to it, and so, we will continue to hold our morning meetings here. As for our beloved green meadow, it will remain as a place for us to gather together for reading books, singing songs, playing games, and other sharing.