As we adapt to our learning at a distance, we will have opportunities for children to create both on and off screen. To help children have the tools readily accessible, we hope you have some time over the next week to help your child assemble a Materials Kit. These materials should be with your children when they start small group or 1:1 calls in the coming weeks so they can illustrate,write, or construct their ideas without having to search for what they need.
Every home is different, and the materials on hand will vary, and the diversity is wonderful! Children will also have preferences for different materials, so encourage your child to include tools that best suit their expression, in addition to the basics. After gathering the materials, encourage children to personalize their box by writing their name, decorating with holes, tape, stickers, paints or drawings. Again, you don't need all the materials listed below, but try to include a managable and well rounded amount.
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Leigh Creates Family Entertainment
"Made this board game per your list of recommendations and have been playing it non-stop. It's called 123 Outerspace and you draw cards to move around the board--including cards that send you to space jail or force you to "party with the aliens" and miss a turn. Created 100% by St. John's girls Leigh and Prater--enjoyed by all." -Jessie
Sam's Adventures in the Country
Elle Celebrates the Colors of Spring
Grace Spends Time with Family and in Nature
Louise Enjoys the Comforts of Home and Community
Today we had our first class meeting on Zoom. It was brief and a little wild, but it was so wonderful to see everyone! We sang our morning meeting, and talked about about what school would look like next week. Then Sally proclaimed, "Let's get the show on the road!" That's Tucker Room...full steam ahead! We can't wait to catch up with everyone in our individual and small group meetings this week.
Today was gorgeous so we spent every minute we could outside. Austin asked why we got to play outside for so long. Because it's good for you! Sunshine gives you vitamins, trees make us fresh clean air, and being outside just makes you feel happier. Then we came inside for a group snack and finished reading the terribly exciting story about Armstrong, the space mouse. We shared with the children that since we only had a few more days of school left anyway, we would be starting spring break a little early so we can stay healthy in the coziness of our homes. The children are very excited to have extra time with families. Take care and we look forward to seeing you soon!
SPRING BREAK EXPLORATIONS
Here are some ideas to keep your children engaged over our break feel free to use ideas below for inspiration.
Ask your child to mark on a calendar the phases of the moon and see if you can spot it in the night or early morning.
Keep your eyes out for any star or planetary news, use a star gazing app to map constellations.
The children loved writing and sending messages to our dear friend Will and were eager to take another trip to the mailbox. Go for a walk to your nearest box or consider leaving some mail with your postal carrier to keep in touch with friends and family.
Design your own Board Game
During work time yesterday, Grace invented her very own board game using colored markers and some paper. Consider adding timers, dice, or a few characters to
Visit Chrome Music Lab for child friendly music making experiences.
What sounds can you find in your home? Record them on a phone/device, explore with layering, looping, etc.
Rube Goldberg Much?
Children can construct, invent and engineer while learning about cause and effect. Maybe you will end up with a breakfast machine that will speed up your morning routines for the rest of your days.
This morning the children did an amazing job showing and explaining much of the work they’ve done related to outer space. Then we all watched a screening of the children’s film titled The Adventures of Pluto: Pluto Gets Lost. Afterward, we had a question-and-answer session with the filmmakers.
Katherine Nix: I was wondering what happened to Pluto’s mom after the storm because we never saw her again.
Leigh: Pluto pushed her out.
Jossie: So she wouldn’t get stuck in a storm.
Austin: And Pluto didn’t care about himself. He loves his mom so much that he doesn’t care about himself, so he could save her.
Cisco asked how the children made the storm. The children showed everyone the bag of cornstarch packing peanuts they’d used to create the storm special effects and we described how Rowan came up with the idea to use packing peanuts as space rocks.
Josh: Are there any creatures living on Pluto while this was happening?
Jossie: We don’t know yet.
Rachael: How can we find out?
Sam: By taking a rocket ship there.
Jack: Maybe we can make a really big rocket ship together.
Later, we revisited the experience with the children, asking them what they enjoyed about the event.
Grace: I liked my parents coming.
Jossie: Because they had lots of questions.
Sally: When I answered their questions it made me happy.
Sam: I showed Claire and Dada and Mama the things over there [on the computer] and over there [on the stage] and in my portfolio and my rocket ship.
Thanks to all of the families who were able to attend, and to our wonderful room parents for providing breakfast. Most of all, thanks to the Tucker Room children for all their thoughtfulness, hard work and creativity. You can use the QR code below to watch the movie at home. Enjoy!
We had a fantastic time, full of laughter, celebrating Kian's half birthday in the Tucker Room. He choose a very funny book about how things really went down with the wolf and the three pigs and then we had a delicious snack with all the cookies! Thank you Kian and Co for spending your morning with the Tucker Room!
We were thrilled to welcome Grace back to school! She also helped us guess who our mystery guest was...her Aunt Megan. She read us an assortment of books including ones with princesses, dragons, a pet snake, and pig with big dreams. These were our clues:
1. She lives in Washington DC in a house with a blue door.
2. She has 4 daughters.
3. Her favorite yoga position is down dog.
4. She loves chocolate ice cream.
After seeing Will at a recent birthday party, the children have been making messages for him. The children looked at photos of Will when we were in the Rainey Room and told us how he's changed. "He is taller... and older... and faster ...and stronger!" We put all the messages in a big envelope and Jessica Kuhn helped us weigh the mail, and print out the postage stamps. Kian said, "I think we need six of it (stamps)." Then, the whole class walked to the mailbox to send our messages off our dear friend, Will. We hope to see, and hear from him soon!
by Lisa & Rachael
Pieces of Tucker Room experiences.