We Celebrate Caleb
Today was Caleb's school birthday celebration. All together, his committee (missing Hugh) gave him the storybook they so thoughtfully created for him. Then, Caleb's parents shared photos of Caleb. After this, he danced around like he was having a "wild rumpus," he sauntered around the glowing candle, we sang to him, he took a deep breath, blew out the candle's flame, and to complete the celebration, we all cheered!
Just Being Together
Daily at "the Shop/Restaurant" -- Never the Same Thing Twice
The past two days the construction area has been closed. The children are able to 'read' this when they see the (now familiar) sign hanging in the area. On days when all areas are available for our play and exploration, the sign may be found hanging from the wooden neck of the mannequin bodice, informing that the "shop/restaurant" is open. The choice to close an area is a nonverbal redirection of the focus and interest toward a more specific concentration of work, which can be then given a fuller level of attention. Just as in the adult world where we can be overloaded with information and imagery, it is important to examine how the environment is participating as a third teacher. The intention is not negative limitation but positive delimiting of our classroom space, encouraging rather than inhibiting deep exploration, productive creative work, enthusiastic social engagement, and focused interaction with materials.