A Walk in the Neighborhood
We began our walk by heading south on Potomac Street and we stopped a few times for the children to take notes of their observations:
“I see trees, I see plants, I see pumpkins, I see flowers. I think they are beautiful!” - Cate
“I see a stop sign!” - James
“I see a house with Blue shutters and a door!” - Caleb
“I see a bicycle!” - Caleb
“I see a bike rack in the street!”- James
Of particular interest were any and all plants and flowers, the pumpkins and gourds decorating the stoops as well as the different color buildings, shutters, and store fronts. James remembered the carved pumpkin at his house and drew an image of its differently shaped eyes to show us as we continued our walk.
We finally made our way to the intersection at M street and James reminded us that we need to wait for the “walking man” sign before we crossed the street. With our Rainey Room shop in mind, we entered Dean & Deluca and took note of things that could inspire our shop. The children were particularly interested in all the varieties of candy and suggested that maybe our shop should be a candy shop. “Let’s call it the Candy Shop!” suggested Cate. We met a really friendly man named Steven who worked behind the cheese counter and he asked us about our work and told us that our being in the store made his morning. He gave each child a cookie and invited us to come back to the store anytime!
Meanwhile back in the classroom...
Building their Neighborhood:
Hugh: Don't forget about the garden door (to Max)
Maisie: I have a medium size house.
Zarina: I have a big house.
Vivienne (to Elena): Let's hammer.
Hugh: This is two houses. This is me and Zarina's house - we share a house.
Elena: I'm going to invite you to my birthday.
Elena: This is our house, our house Vivienne.
Tommy: This is actually a parking lot and then I'm going to build my house.
Max: I want to make it spooky...
Max, Vivienne, Tommy and Hugh go to the studio to collect spooky fabrics to decorate their houses. They add spooky signs made in the message center.
The children share their work at second meeting:
Abby, Lily, and Will continued their work for Zarina's Birthday story...