Today the fruit on the tree was looking ripe enough to pick, so we gave it a try. We gave it several tries, in fact.
First, Toniann helped Jossie. She was able to reach one, but couldn't pluck it off. Then Grace tried, then Jack. No luck.
But Jack was not ready to give up. First he said, "We need a ladder as tall as the tree, or maybe a really tall step stool." Then when Lisa proposed that we try one more time, he said with a determined look, "Lift me up." He tugged and tugged (no photo available, since Lisa had the camera in her pocket and Jack on her shoulders), but it wouldn't budge. So they're clearly not ready to move. But how will we know when they are?
Today was an all school Chapel Service. Marley, all of the classes, parents and St John's Rector, Gini gathered in the Sanctuary. There was the ringing of the bells by children in the Rainey Room, a moment of silence, songs and then candle lighting by Tucker Room children. Gini read Leaf Man to us all and we thought about the changing color of leaves, the shapes and forms that can be made with them and commemorated the presence of Fall together. It was a day of joy and contemplation.
We missed Toniann today, but we had a great time with Caroline. In the morning, some children got to explore the magnet board. This was especially meaningful because Caroline and her sons Adney and Eton inspired our magnet board and helped to lead a group of parents who designed and installed it in 2015. You can read the full story in the hallway across from the board.
Over snack, we talked about what we had worked on in the classroom and studio. Some children explained to Caroline the materials they’d been using to decorate their portfolio drawers, and this led to a very interesting discussion about the definition of “bows” versus “ribbons” and how they fit together. Given the number of both in our classroom these days, this is a very important distinction. At the end of our class time, St. John’s Reverend, Gini came to visit and read the book Leaf Man for our first chapel. Now we’re all seeing animals everywhere…
We had a beautiful day, first in the outdoor classroom and then inside mixing colors and making special surprises for our families to see and enjoy next week. At the end of the day the children got a special surprise themselves. They went down to Blake Hall to explore the books at the book fair. It was like our own little preview party. We found super cool books of all types and fantastical decorations. Jack found a really special book about construction and exclaimed, “I wanna take this one home. I love it super much.” We hope you all find things in the Curiosity Shoppe you love super much. Enjoy all the festivities and have a great weekend!
In the outdoor classroom the children enjoyed the splendor by cavorting from mound to mound with a pillowy blanket of hay to catch their falls. It was a day of joyous "Fall" fun!
Today a few children visited the magnet board out in the hallway to deepen our exploration of tubes, tunnels, and motion—but we discovered so much more! We built one-dimensional towers with magna tiles. We noticed negative space in different polygons. We wondered at magnetic objects. We tested to see if a ball in motion could spin a pinwheel. We explored letters and numbers. We used a pulley system to investigate cause and effect, and to think about things going up and down, high and low. We checked out yard sticks, noticing how they were the same and different. We used chalk to draw pictures and erasers to make them disappear. And best of all, we had fun.
First thing this morning, Grace wanted to write a message to Austin. She went to the message center with her mother, selected her materials, and found Austin's symbol stamp as well as her own. When Lisa asked her how she's found Austin's symbol, she pointed to his photo on the wall, saying "Austin symbol." After addressing her message, she decorated it by drawing with pencil and marker, then went to deliver it to his mailbox. As we see in the video below, Grace is disappointed to find her mailbox empty, but doesn't wait for a response to fill her mailbox.
Wow! What a day in the Brown Room. We started in the outdoor classroom where one group of children helped to stock and organize the outdoor studio, choosing materials and helping to decided what should be placed on each shelf. The children also helped to inspect and organize materials. Jack tested markers while Louise sorted them. Austin sharpened pencils while Leigh explored different marks based on the pencils' sharpness. Meanwhile on the playground a group of children made beautiful ink prints using leaves and other natural materials.
During snack, we noticed a huge tree branch that had fallen on the sidewalk outside. We got to watch a group of men take it apart with a chainsaw and carry pieces away in a big truck.
Will: He’s building a tree.
Leigh: Where’s he going to take it?
Grace: Oh, no. Tree broken. He fix it.
Louise: Why tree is broken?
Lulu: It’s fixed.
We spent the rest of the morning in the classroom exploring tubes and tunnels. Trains in tunnels, cars in tunnels, tunnels in tunnels! We did so many things with tunnels: we rolled trains and cars through them; we connected them to make networks; we banged them together and noticed the sounds and vibrations; Grace even played them like a violin. It was amazing!
It was pretty cold and wet outside today, so we decided to explore the building instead of going outside. We started with Blake Hall—we walk through it almost every day, but we haven't really spent time there. The children were excited to check it out. Later when we got to Bake Hall, the children immediately noticed the large windows facing the construction site across the street. We were curious about what we could see and whether things looked different from this perspective. At first, it seemed the window would be too high to see out of. Then the children discovered a ledge under the window that was just the right height and depth to watch safely with a teacher standing right behind them. We didn’t spend a lot of time, but we made some observations.
Louise: It’s picking up the trees.
Leigh: That's the same truck. I see that same truck.
Austin: They broke it. They’re digging it up and they’re making another one.
Will: It’s the excavator. It’s the excavator. It’s digging so deep. They’re gonna make a new one.
We ran a few laps around Blake Hall and checked out the grand piano. Then we headed over to the other side of the building to visit the nave and sanctuary. The children wound their way through the pews and sat for a moment contemplating their surroundings. Then we went to the sanctuary, where one group of children explored the organ while others noticed the pipes. Austin asked, “What are those? Why are they so big?” Lisa explained that the pipes are connected to the organ. Austin then asked, “Does it make a loud noise?” We decided we’d have to come back during organ practice. On the way out, we noticed another great perspective for viewing the construction site. We only had time for a quick peek, but we’ll definitely be back!
by Lisa & Rachael
Pieces of Tucker Room experiences.