Best Day Ever!" -Vivienne
In similar fashion to yesterday's half group, the children were given a tour of the classroom. This was done to allow the children to observe, explore, and experience the classroom and materials with more focus and intention, in the comfort of a smaller group.
The children listen intently as Allison shows the children an eraser and other message center materials.
Allison: How many people do you think can fit here to work?
Maisie: 1 person
Caleb: 4 people
We were just as pleasantly satisfied today as yesterday with the intentional use of the areas along with the patience and respect the children have for each other and for the materials.
The children constructed a diverse collection of structures using the colorful connecting discs. They discovered a scale and a phone and pondered over the similarities of their numbers while identifying a difference in their function and built a road to Candyland/Disneyland, and together enjoyed the late summer weather.
Maisie: It’s a clock (referring to the scale).
Melanie: How do you know?
Maisie: It has numbers. ... It’s at #1
Hugh: Ring, ring. I better get the phone. Zarina (who is at the pipe) are you calling me?
Caleb: I got it at 5.
Melanie: But this (the phone) has numbers too. So if clocks have numbers, is this a clock (pointing to the phone)?
Maisie: This is a clock and this is a phone. But then both have numbers... It’s confusing.
Caleb: It’s a weigh. It’s a scale.
Melanie: What’s a scale?
Caleb: You put things on it and tells you how much it weighs.
Maisie: The phone is 5lbs (now the object is given correct reference as a scale and not “a clock").