Today we welcomed Charlie Olinde to the Brown Room! Charlie jumped right in, playing with construction vehicles and barnyard animals and exploring the classroom. Margaret helped him find his mailbox, which was full of messages from his new classmates. Other friends helped him find his card and symbol in the message center, and showed him their photo albums. Charlie even worked with Leigh’s birthday committee in the studio (not shown because it’s a surprise). We had goldfish for snack in honor of Charlie, whose symbol is a school of fish. We ended the day with a beautiful meal in the outdoor classroom. What a wonderful morning. We’re so happy to have Charlie with us in the Brown Room!
Today a small group continued our exploration of construction trucks in Blake Hall. We experimented with truck silhouettes and how we could make small shadow trucks interact with the big moving trucks in a video. Lou Lou stopped in to visit and made drawings of trucks in action on the overhead projector to add to the imaginative landscape. We used our trucks to build with blocks and tubes and piles of material. By far the best discovery, though, was that we could ride the trucks! We had a great time moving, digging, pushing, and driving around in our very own construction site.
Elle celebrated her birthday today at school. Her parents and grandparents were there for the celebration and shared great stories and pictures from the day that she was born. Rowan and Jossie from Elle's birthday committee presented her with the class gift of a handmade card and this card had a secret surprise pop-up inside. Enjoy your birthday day, Elle!
Today it really began to feel like the holidays are coming. Not only did we begin preparing the soup for the Thanksgiving feast, we also enjoyed lots of quality time with our families in the outdoor classroom and in sing-along. We even got to spend some time playing and dancing in the Tucker Room before sing-along. What a joyful day. Have a wonderful weekend and we'll look forward to seeing everyone next week!
It was a really wonderful day! At meeting the children noticed their beautiful Thanksgiving Feast Centerpieces on the shelf by the window in the cozy area.
Will "Look at that! Look!"
Lou Lou, "Where?"
Will "Up there!"
Grace "Our toys!"
Toniann "What are they for?"
Lisa "Does anyone remember?"
Austin "The party."
We can't wait for the feast!
In the studio the color mixing conversation continued with Toniann.
It was a beautiful colorful day!
,Our table centerpieces are so close to ready! Working on them again today with a new group we revisited our documentation and we struggled with what to put into the vessels at meeting. Yesterday we started making centerpieces based on what we do in the classroom. Then Kate and Toniann opened up the dam and the ideas just kept flowing! Trains! Trucks! Stamps! Babies! Animals! We worked on the tea party yesterday, which is on the left in the image below. This project involved a lot of thinking: choosing the objects, thinking about the story of the vessel, thinking about the size of objects and the space in relationship to each other, problem solving issues like a vessel not being big enough for the objects we wanted to include and how to work together in this process. After the pieces were finished some children wanted to pose with objects they like to work with in Brown Room or the vessels they helped build themselves. They wanted to stand on the low table, with the light pouring through the window behind it and we did it!
Well, sort of.
Lately we've noticed the absence of trucks and activity in the construction site across the street. So the teachers decided to conjure up some construction vehicles. Working in Blake Hall with the shadow screen, we explored size and perspective using new and exciting light and shadow effects with familiar images and objects from the Brown and the outdoor classroom. The children manipulated silhouettes on an overhead projector mounted on a cart, making the trucks bigger and smaller by moving the cart back and forth.
Kian: It’s bigger. It’s bigger. Oh no, that truck go away.
Rowan: It’s a bulldozer. Look, we make it bigger.
The teachers added a layer to the projection--a photo of a dump truck taken earlier this year across the street. the children responded by adding toy construction trucks, using them to act out scenarios with the tubes and tunnels. Grace used a hose to fuel the trucks, while Sally drew pictures of trucks. Then we used Sally’s drawing as a map to drive the construction trucks around to different construction sites. It was great fun and we can't wait to continue the exploration.
by Lisa & Rachael
Pieces of Tucker Room experiences.