Today was the first backwards day since fall that the water was turned on in the outdoor sink. We made the most of it by taking out watercolors to use in the outdoor classroom. After Grace finished her painting, she accidentally dropped it on the ground. When she picked it up she was disappointed at first to see it covered in dirt. Then we all noticed how beautiful and interesting it became--like a collage. Helen suggested that we also add other natural materials like flower petals. The children began collecting them and Lou Lou added lots to her painting. Lou Lou got upset when Grace accidentally stepped on her painting; we talked about turning mistakes into something beautiful and she decided it was okay. The children enjoyed reframing their "mistakes" or at least shrugging them off. When Lou Lou accidentally stepped on her own painting later, Leigh noted "That happens sometimes." and Lou Lou agreed.
During our watercolor session, we realized that we needed more supplies in the studio shed. Several children helped to take stock and went inside with a teacher to collect hand soap, smocks, and bandaids. Afterward, we washed up our hands and scrubbed down the sink. It was great fun.
In the studio, we glazed clay pieces. During snack, we got a surprise: Rainey Room children delivered lots of messages through the mail slot in our studio door. We haven't read them all, so it's still a bit of a mystery who wrote them and why. The day ended with a rousing sing-along. It was a wonderful way to end the week. Have a great weekend!
by Lisa & Rachael
Pieces of Tucker Room experiences.