Happy Birthday to Dagny!
This morning we celebrated Dagny’s birthday during our morning meeting. Dagny brought in her special doll named Ray to show to the class and we learned that she is a character from the popular film, Star Wars. Her birthday committee, Tegan, Vivienne, Elena, and James were excited to share the birthday story that they had written and illustrated for her. What a special morning!
Collaboration at Play
This morning we noticed so many different instances where the children were truly collaborating during their play. Whether it was to ask a friend a question, make a suggestion, or offer a new idea to the group, the children were referring to one another for inspiration and advice throughout their play.
Caleb noticed that Tegan, Maisie, and Abby were “taking notes” on a clipboard while sitting on the couch. Tegan was happy to report that she “gave him [Caleb] that piece of paper and clipboard” so he could join in the activity. Caleb noticed the hearts that Tegan was drawing and asked her for some advice, “Tegan, how do you make those hearts?” Meanwhile at the message center Lily was writing a note to Max and wondered how she could spell his name. So she asked him directly, “Max, how do you spell your name?”
Over in our restaurant/shop the children began to coordinate their play with one another and each child assumed a necessary role. Max and Hugh were both servers, Max specifically was “taking orders from costumers,” while Vivienne explained that she is in charge of giving people the money they need to buy food. Elena volunteered to be the chef with Lily’s help. And as costumers called in orders on the phone, Hugh reported them to the group announcing, “the costumer said the order needs to be ready in six minutes!” and the children hurriedly worked together to prepare and serve, the meal.
Observing this interaction, we wondered - What do the children know and understand about time? How can we help them incorporate time telling into their play in a way that will elevate their understanding of it and relationship to it? We are looking forward to continuing this type of collaborative and imaginative play with the children as they assume different roles and responsibilities and negotiate space and time with one another.
Adventures in the Outdoor Classroom
What gorgeous weather we've been having! The children have been LOVING their time in the outdoor classroom and there seems to be an endless amount of opportunities and excitement that engage the children daily. The children have been conscientiously working on building their sewer system in the sand and have just added a "neighboring" sewer system that was built right next to the original. It is exciting to see how the children are incorporating the theme and idea of neighbors and are extending it throughout both their indoor and outdoor play. Among other happenings, Zarina and Cate have been building a home behind the bushes for a beaver; Will and Abby loved swinging on the swing and climbing up the trellis; Vivienne, Dagny, Tegan, and Lily pulled one another up the slide using pool noodles and Elena prepared a party from start to finish to invite all her friends to!