Toniann's day started today in Early Birds with Early Birders Sam and Zarina. Sam arrived first and bee lined it right into the Brown Room classroom before even putting his coat and cubby bag away with his Dad. Toni gave him the choice to work in the Brown Room or the middle room and he chose the Brown Room to work at the observation table. Then Zarina arrived and she chose to sew. Zarina found a beautiful bead and said, “This is my favoritest bead ever!” Sam came over and asked, “Is there another?” Zarina showed him the bead, “Isn’t is beautiful.” Toni handed him the jar and he looked and looked and found another. “Look! I have one, too.” Then he joined us in sewing, too.
9:00 came quickly and children came into Brown Room excited to see their friends. After meeting children were excited to build. Lou Lou began alone and worked through decisions about how to elevate the “H” block that she wanted at the top of her structure. She wanted it really high but wasn’t sure how to do it. She thought it through trying one block and then another and then took them all off. She approached it differently this time. She worked by placing the blocks one at a time before putting the “H” on top. Then viola! She decided four was the right height and it was just how she wanted it.
Kian worked really long at his structures. He started slowly with a tower of cylinders and then switched to different sizes and shapes with a medium rectangle on top- taking a big risk. He was happy and surprised that it stayed. “Look it stayed!” Kian said. Then he worked around it with medium rectangles. It collapsed and needed to be rebuilt. He got right to it. This time going up with 4 cylinders and then placing 8 square shapes in a stackup style on top with an upright square block standing at the top.
Right near by Lou Lou and Charlie enjoyed a playful game of build up and knock down. Laughing and giggling and enjoying the joy and playfulness of the game together.
Kian then added 6 square blocks up a medium rectangle to then have it collapse. He was very upset and Toniann asked, “How can you make it more stable?” He thought about the gears and brought them over but they wouldn’t stand up so he said, “No, they are wheels.” Toniann, “Will these make it stable?” Kian, “NO! Ha Ha!” Laughing hysterically. He chose a peg board and stacked the pegs on the opposite side of the blocks. Kian said, “This will help!”
He got to work rebuilding and stacked them up just as he had. Then he had an idea with large rectangle blocks. He counted them out and decided he wanted 8. Nine ended up in the group and one needed to be taken out. Then he stood up 4 large rectangle blocks. He said, “They are so strong! They are so stable!”
But then a structure was knocked down and Kian was so very frustrated. Jill offered to show him the criss cross technique. He refused several times. He needed a bit of time to recover and then decided he was ready. He stepped up and Jill said, “Ok, criss cross.” Let’s do it. She showed him the process showing which blocks worked and which blocks didn’t. Everyone joined in and the tower was so high! She decided it would stay up and live in the room until tomorrow. Can’t wait to see what happens then!
Outside Will was excited to ride bikes but it just wasn’t as much fun without friends he said, “Where are the other bikes?” Toniann asked, “Do you want friends to ride bikes with you? Will said, “Yes!” We called out and asked more friends to join and they sure did!
Margaret found something really cool that we want to take a closer look in the classroom tomorrow. Sam found a "golden rock" and observed it was really dirty. It will be interesting to see what's underneath all that dirt next week. Enjoy the rest of the week MTW group!
by Lisa & Rachael
Pieces of Tucker Room experiences.