Conversation from "What's an Address" small group
Tommy, Will, Zarina, Caleb, Lily, James, Elena
What is an Address?
Tommy: You can use an address to come to people’s streets. Like Green St. like Tom St. like some of those streets and you can use an address for an envelope to deliver and you can use an address at the message center at St. John’s.
Lily: My mommy has this address phone.
Jen: Tommy said that you can use an address, but where do you find that?
Tommy: You draw it!
Jen: You draw it?
Caleb: You find them on houses!
Elena: On houses you have an address on your TV if you have an address somewhere else in your house….
[James enters the room]
Allison: Do you want to catch up James and tell him what we’re doing?
Elena: We’re having a conversation!
Allison: What are we having a conversation about?
Allison: James do you know what an address it?
James: It’s kind’ve like a house address.
Elena: If you have a house in your house, you have an address in your house. If you have an address in your house you can walk it if you want. If an address is everybody’s favorite you can watch it on TV or a music player or you can play it on the radio!
Allison: How do we find out what our addresses are? Do we all have an address?
Caleb: Uh, Yeah!
Caleb: Everybody does!
Tommy: We do all have an address! We need to all use an address on our cards that we send to people and on our messages. And even like some of those stuff.
Allison: How can we find out what everybody’s address is?
Tommy: No, No! I have something to tell you. Addresses are not like planets like are with numbers like 8, 7 and like… and the road is after and it’s with the letters.
Jen: Does anybody know their address?
Elena: An address is…
Jen: Zarina, do you know your address?
Zarina: um..mine is ….1307869
Allison: James do you know your address?
Tommy: You forgot to say the road…
James: I forget it a little bit because I just forget it sometimes.
Allison: Tommy had said that the address has numbers and the road name is afterwards with the letters. Do you guys know the name of the street that you live on?
Caleb: Trent Street!
Elena: I live on O street! With my mommy and papa. On B street too but I cant go to B street because it’s too far away. But my mommy can go anywhere she wants but an address is kind’ve silly…
Jen: Is there anywhere in the school where we can actually find out what our addresses are? Is there some place where maybe it might be written down?
Tommy: I was going to say that!
James: I was born on Resevoir Road.
Elena: But I live on B street road and so O road….
Allison: Is there anywhere in the school where we can find out where our addresses are?
Tommy: I’m gonna go to the message center and write an address.
Zarina: I am too!
Jen: But how do you know if its the right address though?
Allison: Actually, Caleb said he lives on Trent Street and James said he lives on Reservoir Road
Elena: And I live on O street!
Allison: and I even remember when I came to your home visits, I remember driving to Trent St. to Caleb’s house and Reservoir Road to James’ house.
Elena: and I went to O house.
Allison: I don't recognize O street as being Elena's street but I think there’s something on O street that we all have in common. What’s on O street?
Caleb: St. John’s!
Jen: How did you know that?!
Tommy: It’s the address! This is an address.
James: Allison, I have another suggestion. Cause I live near Wisconsin Avenue..
Tommy: That’s an address!
James: Maybe this could be Reservoir Road near Wisconsin Avenue.
Allison: Maybe we could draw….
Tommy: Allison, Why don't we make another giant book about addresses?
Jen: We could make a giant book about addresses! How will we find out our real address?
Allison: Who could we ask? Or how could we know?
Tommy: Mommy knows what the address is!
Jen: Mommies know what addresses are?
Tommy: My mommy knows!
Caleb: Mommy and Daddy knows
Jen: Could we write a letter to the mommies and daddies and ask them our address? We can even write an email and send it right now!
Allison: What do you guys think about that?
Elena: And we can deliver it to the post office!
Lily: Where we went last year!
Allison: So if we wrote a letter using our own hands and markers and pencils and we could… What’s your idea Elena? We could send it in the mail?
Elena: Yeah, and then it will come to you!
Lily: At the post office like we did last year!
Jen: I think this is a great idea! So who could write a letter to the mommies and daddies asking for your addresses?
Elena: I’m gonna go get some paper…
An Ironic Coincidence: The morning meeting face makes a relevant segue into the day's plan
This morning Abby was among the first to arrive into the Rainey Room and happily embraced the task of setting up the job chart. She assigned Caleb with the "morning meeting face." As with many occasions the children are thoughtful about their choice for this "face" or expression, which has evolved to be more of an expression of an idea more than a facial expression. We sang the morning meeting song once this then took pause while Caleb gave more time to his decision. "A house face," he determined, expressed by creating a pitched roof overhead with both hands and arms and fingertips touching.
Our Morning Meeting Conversation:
Hugh: No that’s not my design that’s my real house.
Allison: What if there was a way that we could use the computer to find pictures of what our houses look like?
Hugh: Oh pirate houses?
Melanie: What about your real house? The one that you live
Cate: I would build mine exactly how it is because I know how to build it.
Allison: Have you ever drawn your house, what your house looks like?
Allison: What if there was a way to look and see what our houses look like? If anyone is interested, after morning meeting, we have two computers set up. … This is really interesting friends, last week… Vivienne, do you remember what were you drawing on the chalkboard the other day?
Vivienne: A house. My house and St. Johns.
Hugh: No, but your house (referring to Vivienne’s home) is farther than mine. Mine is walk…right there.
Allison: Your house is closer to school than Vivienne’s? How do you know?
Cate: It’s just right next to school.
Caleb: It’s connected to school
Cate: You just have to walk in St. Johns and then you’re there. That’s all. That’s all you have to do, that’s all.
Allison: What if we could find out where everybody lives?
Hugh: A HUGE GIANT AND FAT PAPER! We need a huge piece of fat paper.
Melanie: And what do we do with huge piece of fat paper.
Hugh: Draw the whole city!
Melanie: Draw the whole city?!
Hugh: Yeah because that can show all (the) houses—one house, two house, three house, four house, five house, six house, seven house, eight house…nine house.
Melanie: All the houses for who?
Allison: How can we find our addresses friends?
Hugh: We draw the number how old we are, then people just know the school number and how old you are.
Allison: How do people know how to find your house though?
Cate: We can draw a road how to get there.
Hugh: Or we could build a rocket booster and take the rocket to the house.
Cate: Or maybe just take the car!
Allison: Has anyone heard of a thing called an address?
Tegan: I have!
Allison: Tegan, do you know?
Tegan: I’ve heard of an address but I don’t know.
Hugh: Like in a hotel room. Yeah like there’s a number for each room, room 5, room 6, room 7, room 8.
Vivienne: Mine is 4213364
Tommy: That’s not an address! So address, address is you can put on a elevope (envelope) at the back helps mailman remember where to deliver it, like Tommy street or Foxhill Road, yeah that’s a address.
Hugh: Like O, Q, B
Allison: What’s O, Q, and B?
Hugh: Like O street…
Vivienne: I live on Green Street.
More to come and thank you for taking the time to write and send in your home addresses, with your child!