We had a cozy group of seven today. It was the perfect way to continue our exploration of sewing in the studio. Children spent time with needle and embroidery thread and created spring-like pieces. Here's a little of what they talked about as they worked.
Jossie - You can't go around the wood. (Jossie remembered from yesterday that you can't sew around the embroidery hoop.)
Rowan - I feel something! There's his mommy right here. There's his daddy. (Rowan is identifying the stitches as people in a family.) I want orange.
Elle - Pink, then blue, then purple. Now I want to do purple. Purpley-pink.
Louise - I like blue.
Elle - I like light blue, that's why I got to light blue. I'm funny! I went out of the circle.
Louise - I got a lot of colors! I want to put it through the blue flower.
On our last school day before break, children spent time doing there favorite things. There was vehicle play, including airplanes and monster trucks. Jack even sent one his trucks to a volcano! In dramatic play, many, many cupcakes were prepared and served at a festive party.
Enjoy these images and have a great spring break. We look forward to seeing you during conferences!
The Brown Room had a busy morning in the studio between watercolor painting, easel painting and a light table provocation. Friends experimented with color mixing and thought representationally while they painted:
Jack: This is a little bit of a volcano. It's a little bit green.
Leigh: Now (combining blue and yellow) I'm making green.
Margaret: Now I'm making bubbles.
Leigh: This is a mermaid.
Grace: I make an airplane!
Louise: I'm making a butterfly.
Margaret: I like watercolors! And chips!
Louise: I like chips, too!
Margaret: It (the painting) needs to be dry.
Lousie: This is for Mommy and Daddy.
Margaret: This is for Mommy, Daddy, Campbell and Hadley.
Inspired by Will's love of orchestra music, we listened to Peer Gynt while painting today!
Will: I can her the flutes and the tuba! Play the song with the bubbles!
Friends experimented with new materials on the light table; mixing colored objects with colored transparencies and also playing with size and shape as they attempted to fit different pieces together.
Airplane play was popular again today in the construction area, as well as cooking and party planning in the kitchen. Friends prepared all kinds of holiday delicacies.
Louise: We're making Santa cookies for Christmas.
Leigh: And for the reindeer.
Louise: And we cut them.
Charlie: (At sink) I'm washing it.
Lou Lou: (With food) It's not hot, just warm.
Louise: (With muffin tray) I have some yummy cookies. They're too hot. You can't eat them yet. But you can eat them for dessert. I'm the Mommy.
Lou Lou: There's two mommies. I'm the Mommy, too.
Grace: (With baby) I need to put her to bed.
Have a wonderful weekend! See you all next week!
Today in the Brown Room we were excited to see the projection that was the backdrop for more airplane play. During our time interacting with airplane projection, we are connecting home to school, building relationships and using our imagination to assign, and take on different roles to tell as story. We used what we know about taking trips on an airplane to interact with what we saw in the projection. Enjoy some of these scenarios from today!
Will and Austin are our trusty co-pilots! They save the day for everyone aboard by putting fires out from the airplane. Phew!
In the end, we all enjoy being together!
While in the studio we painted at the easel, used paper to experiment with bridges and 3-D shapes, and some of us finished clay pieces we have been working on.
We continue to build relationships by sharing what is happening in our paintings with a friend, and when using the materials in the studio. At the easel we notice these skills come alive.
Jossie: The orange is the fire. The fire is building. [When Louise comes over Jossie offers a brush.]
Louise: Jossie gave me a brush.
Jossie: Because we can share. We can share all the colors.
Have a great rest of your day, Brown Room!
An all-school chapel was held this morning. Gini stayed home as she didn't feel well, so Joci and Kate read A Sick Day for Amos McGee (and Gini). There was a great show of hands when Joci and Kate asked if the children knew this beloved story. After chapel the children wanted to continue singing This Little Light of Mine in the classroom.
Happy 3rd birthday, Sally! For the past few days Sally's birthday committee (Sam, Elle, Grace, and Jack) have been hard at work creating her card. From the interview, we learned that Sally likes rabbits, rockets, airplanes, and the colors purple, black, yellow, and red. Sally's mom, Brittney, shared photos from a recent trip to Disney World. Sally loved Mickey Mouse, the Castle, and Aliens. Cupcakes were enjoyed by all at snack time. Thank you, Brittney and Billy. Enjoy these photos from our celebration of Sally.
In the studio the children made impressions in clay and painted at the easel with images of rockets and airplanes. Zingo is beginning to be a favorite classroom game. They get better at it every day.
It's a blustery day! Stay warm and cozy!
Happy Birthday, Rowan!
Rowan turned three on March 3rd and today we celebrated his birthday at school. Laurel showed photos of Rowan as a baby, , a one-year-old, a two-year-old, and a three-year old! There were photos of the many things Rowan loves including his sisters, Elmo, and dressing up. Rowan's committee had worked hard to create a gift that included some of Rowan's other favorite things: red and pink, firefighters and police officers, and (most importantly) the Philadelphia Eagles!!
The rest of our morning was busy as well. Yesterday we discovered the joys of Zingo, and it was popular again today. Studio work included drawing, painting, and paper sculptures that were similar to the 3D clay work that children did last month. Bridges were built and airplanes took off from runways. Before going outside, we had chapel with Ginny who read "A Sick Day for Amos McGee." There's more fun in store for tomorrow when we welcome the W-TH-F friends!
The Brown Room braved slightly chillier temperatures this morning for a backwards day. Children went right to work fixing a broken bridge in the sand area. Using teamwork and collaboration, friends successfully fixed the broken bridge by patting down dirt and rocks to "put it back together".
Children also used tape and watercolor paints to experiment with negative space on the picnic table. It's exciting to see the design left in watercolor once the tape is removed!
Once inside, children worked with clay and easel painting. Louise, Grace, Charlie and Austin laid impressions into clay slabs. Volcano painting - inspired by Jack's interest in volcanoes and a new book in the classroom - seemed to be the theme at the easel today. Friends used an image they'd chosen from the volcano book as inspiration for their paintings.
Thanks for another wonderful week, Brown Room!
Happy Birthday to Lou Lou, happy birthday to You You!
At morning meeting we celebrated Lou Lou's 3rd birthday. Helen shared pictures from baby Lou to three year old Lou! Lou Lou's birthday committee learned that she loves pink and black and she enjoys painting with her friends. So, her birthday committee thought it would be a great idea to paint Lou Lou! The group worked diligently to create watercolor portraits of Lou Lou that took center stage on her heartfelt birthday card. Lou Lou was thrilled that her friend Leigh was by her side to walk around the birthday candle with her. Homemade banana bread and brownies were a great way to continue the celebration at snack time!
Later, the studio stayed busy all morning! Some of us continued to practice using scissors and cutting up beautiful paper to use for collage materials. With so much practice, we have noticed the children using this skill more often in the message center. We also put the finishing touches on Rowan and Sally's birthday gifts, and we even re-visited the tools and materials that add impressions in clay.
In the big room we love being together in dramatic play ! We served only the finest for our friends, hot apple pie, hot cookies, chocolate soup and chicken & rice of course!
It's Wednesday! The day when a new group of children charge through the door, ready to experience the Brown Room all over again. But wait! They noticed some changes: a magnetic sign-in board to show who is at school and who is at home today, new dramatic play furniture, and Michelle Brydges! Kate is out sick today, so Michelle, a former parent and current member of board, stepped in to work with Jill.
Our experienced travelers know that an important part of an airport is the control tower. Many hands were needed to begin construction. Like all builders, the children had to come to an agreement about how the tower would look and solve a multitude of problems along the way. Finally, airplane play could begin with toys and the children themselves. But, at the end of the day, even the pilot has to go home to wash the dishes.
It was great to see our Brown Room friends after Friday's Professional Day. When children returned yesterday they found new things in their environment. One of these things was a sign-in board. Children can indicate they are at school by moving a magnetized image of themselves from the "home" side to the "school" side. This new element was introduced because children had expressed a desire to know which of their classmates was at school each day. The children have enjoyed using this tool both yesterday and today.
A stove and a sink have also been added to the dramatic play area. This group of children are masterful at pretend play,. They go on trips, take care of babies, and cook pizza or chicken and rice. Children appreciated having a larger area to do this important work. (Some of these photos are from yesterday.)
Of course, there were airplanes! There was airplane pretend play, airplanes and runways in the construction area, easel paintings featuring airplane images, as well as drawings and collages. The enthusiasm continues, and we will be making some of this work visible in the classroom later this month.
by Lisa & Rachael
Pieces of Tucker Room experiences.