A Visit from Our Next Door Neighbors in Tucker Room
The Tucker Room's musicians were playing so enthusiastically next door while we were having snack that we couldn't help but notice. It was eventually decided that the musicians join us and play us a quiet piece. In turn each of them played their instrument with oh so gently, giving us a nice interlude to our snacking and chatting.
Going on a Field Trip
To build upon our ongoing research of shops and restaurants we set out today on another successful trip into the field. Clipboards in hand and enthusiasm at the ready, Tegan, Maisie, and Abby embraced their exploration into the world of the neighborhood with the hope to discover nearby shops. The children were taking notice of what they were seeing along the way, such as flowers (roses) and bushes. They immersed themselves in the process of drawing these natural elements that were captivating enough for them to stay awhile. "Look at this color," Abby remarked as she pointed to a yellow and green variegated leaf. "Let's draw it!" said Tegan, and the three of them were once again seating themselves on the brick sidewalk to illustrate what they were seeing. Eventually, without rushing or pushing their attention in a different direction, the children were given a simple reminder about discovering shops, "Shall we continue to find the shops?" Without much pause, we were with our feet back on the bricks and again on the move. "The shops are going to close if we stay. We're going to miss the shops!" announced Maisie with excitement to be at the destination of our small quest. When we did eventually, reach our first shop, Peet's Coffee, we stayed awhile to gather information for our own shop back in the Rainey Room. Before we continued on, to round the corner, Tegan said, "I'm going to draw this whole building."
Meanwhile Back in the Classroom
Back in the classroom other Rainey Room friends were busy working on a committee, while others were drawing their own houses and other construction plans with Kate:
We sat down to draw plans for the parking lot and friends instead started drawing their houses.
Tommy:I have toys, lots of bubbles. The kitchen is upstairs.
Vivienne: I have a kitchen in my bedroom.
Tommy: A living room is in my Daddy's room.
Hugh: I'm making chairs for a table.
Will: My house is big, so I can't make it big (on the paper that's smaller).
Vivienne: I have a house with a flower on it.
James: I'm drawing a plan - this is a truck between two buildings. This truck is so big they don't want other cars bonking into it so there are barriers in the back and in the front.
Hugh: This road leads by a tunnel and it goes turning. It's a neighborhood. Blue lines (drawn on tape) show where the neighborhood ends, where the road ends.