Today lots of Brown Room friends saw the hatchlings with their eyes (and not the camera), and we heard them chirping. We also saw the mama feed them a bug. They're getting so big, we wonder if they'll be around when we come back Tuesday. We'll soon see. Have a great weekend!
We celebrated Austin's birthday before meeting this morning. Austin's parents Mance and Sarah & Nana came to the celebration. They shared stories about his first years of life. Austin's middle name is Mance after his Dad. When he was very little he was his Mommy's "baby buddy" and that evolved into the name his family calls him now "Bubbie". His parents brought pictures to show us and shared the stories of each one. His great grandmother sewed the outfit he was wearing as a baby in one of the pictures. Another picture was of them in their house when they first moved there and Sara explained that his grandpa helped fix it up. They shared a photo of Austin with his grandpa in a Corvette and Austin as a ring bearer at his Uncle's wedding when he was one year old. Austin takes Karate and Mance explained why he was holding a board in one picture. Austin had just earned his yellow belt by breaking the board with his foot! Austin plays baseball and has his own collector baseball card and his Dad coaches the team! The last photo they shared was of Austin on his 3rd birthday and his Nana hand made a spectacular Spiderman Pinata.
Austin walked around the candle four times for every year of his life. When we asked him about how many times he will walk around the candle he said with a smile, "3 3/4 because my birthday didn't happen yet!" We all sang happy birthday and then brought Austin his gift. He opened up the wrapping paper and found all of the things he told us in our interview that he likes on his card: colors, metal things, tickly things and a dinosaur with horns! In our quest to find a horned dinosaur we learned about the stracosaurous. They had four to six long horns! So cool! When we learned about the stracosaurous Will said, "Wow! So many horns! That's a good one! Austin will like it."
Austin's family brought a favorite of Austin's Italian ice for the special birthday snack treat. It was so delicious and wonderful; a refreshing reminder of summer. Thank you!
We also enjoyed seeing photos of tiny baby Kian right after he came home. Lying next to his big brother Jack, Kian looked unbelievably small. Kian’s mom also shared photos from Kian’s first year and lots of his favorite things—including his old pacifier. We also loved seeing Kian before and after his first big boy haircut.
After Kian walked around the birthday candle four times and we sang happy birthday, his friends delivered a beautiful card that included many of Kian’s favorite things, including rainbows, the color red, lights, trains and tape! Kian’s friends had paid lots of attention to Kian’s likes and dislikes and created a very special card for their much beloved friend. Later in the day, we had delicious cupcakes, pretzels, and clementines for snack. Thanks so much to Kian's family for sharing your stories and for the delicious treats!
Happy School Birthday, Kian! We love you!
And now for the Chickadee update: Today we watched the mama taking food to her babies. She was wary of us, so we had to stand way back before she would go into the birdhouse. We also saw the hatchlings with our eyes (and not just the camera) for the first time, so we think they're getting bigger!
Today we watched the mama Chickadee as she was watching us. We also got a little closer to figuring out how many hatchlings are in the birdhouse.
As you all know, we don't usually post on Mondays. But we discovered something in the outdoor classroom today that we really want to share. All of the children were involved in this discovery, so please ask them to tell you about it!
What a beautiful, cozy, rainy day. This morning we had a special visitor--Jack's little brother George came to play and stayed for morning meeting. We were amazed at how big he's gotten and had a great time playing with him. After meeting, we watched the images from last night's presentation at the parent meeting. Everyone loved seeing themselves and their friends.
It was a busy morning all over the classroom and in the studio. We cooked meals, we painted, we did a little writing, we shared some cozy time on the rug. It was a lovely, quiet morning.
Maybe too quiet, really. So we after snack we had a little dance party before Sing-Along. Hope you enjoy the performance and have a wonderful weekend!
After a cozy and quiet rainy-day chapel, we had a very lively discussion at morning meeting. Everyone wanted to talk about the storm last night. Some children had heard the thunder and some had slept through the storm. Some guessed that their white noise machines had masked the sounds outside. Kian said he only knew about it because a family friend nicknamed "Knees" told him about it. Everyone was excited to share their experiences:
Rowan: Maren helped me breathe during the storm. I was feeling bad because the thunder storm was coming. The noise machine didn't help me.
Kian: The lightning and thunder. My house is far away and I not hear the Thunder.
Lisa: How did you know there was a storm?
Kian: Cause Knee knows that. Knee know lightning and thunder.
Will: I hear the storm coming when I was sleeping. The storm didn't wake me up. I woke up. Then I was kinda scared and I went to mommy's room and there was no storm in mommy's room.
Later, Lou Lou shared something special with the class. She brought a bag of beautiful corals her parents collected on their vacation last week. She told the class, "These are rocks from mommy and daddy. They came from Mexico." The children felt the texture of the corals, smelled them, and listened for the sound of the ocean. They also promised to take good care of them. They'll be a great addition to our classroom collection. Thanks, Dan and Helen!
It was a short work day, but Kian's birthday committee had a very productive trip to the Tucker closet. Then they were ready to get to work. They look like they mean business, don't they?
Enjoy the rest of these rainy days. We look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow night!
It was a day of togetherness in the Brown Room. We missed Toniann, who was out sick, but the children enjoyed being together. We worked on special surprise projects today that we won't show here. but we worked very hard. By the end of our morning we were beat! A little group cuddle helped us to recharge for clean-up.
After snack, we had Brown Room chapel with Gini. She read a book about being kind, and we talked about the ways we can show kindness to each other and to our families. Jack said, "When Lucy's crying I give her her favorite lovey." Then the children all gave Gini some love and kindness.
Outside in the midday heat, things took a turn. First there was a huge traffic jam and just a little road rage.
Then Sally, Louise, Elle and Grace got terribly terribly, terribly, sick and needed medical attention. You can barely see Elle in this photo because she has just collapsed.
Grace: I got a tummy ache!
Sally: My head hurts!
Elle: I cracked my head open!
Louise: My head fell off!
Oh my! Is there a doctor in the house?
At least our pet rock Shelly is on the mend and sleeping comfortably in her bed. Stay tuned for more adventures tomorrow!
Louise will be turning four in August, and today we celebrated her school birthday. Louise and her parents shared lots of photos and stories of Louise when she was a newborn. We saw photos of Louise and her mom in the hospital, Louise meeting the family dog Lucy, and the family having a pizza party in bed her first night home from the hospital. We all got a kick out of a photo of Cisco in a pink shirt holding Louise in her very pink bedroom, and of Louise and Lucy asleep on the couch. Louise's parents also told us that Lucy's birthday is right after Louise's, so they celebrated with Louise soon after she came home from the hospital.
Margaret's birthday celebration was today. We learned about her birth day story. Her family celebrated her with a big party on the day she was born. Her older sisters, Hadley and Campbell, made a poster for her and her family shared the actual poster with us. Margaret showed us her favorite picture on the poster and it was the one of her Daddy holding her for the first time. Margaret walked around the candle three times for every year of her life. She did it so proudly for now all of the children are three! What a great milestone to celebrate together. Then her birthday committee presented her with her gift from the class. Her gift was a sewn card and a patch work envelope. Margaret was so excited. She later on decided it might make a comfy place for baby bear to sleep. Have a great long weekend and we will see on Monday. Happy Mother's Day!
by Lisa & Rachael
Pieces of Tucker Room experiences.