Today, Leigh's family shared a beautiful tradition that goes back several generations. Leigh's great grandmother has made needlepoint Christmas stockings for every one of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. We learned that it takes her about two months to make each one. She demonstrated how to do a stitch, let us feel the stiff fabric and soft thread, and explained that a needlepoint needle is different than a sewing needle. The children were enthralled with Nana and her beautiful handmade stockings. Grace pointed to a beautiful girl on one of the stockings and asked, "Is that you?" It was a wonderful experience. We are grateful to Leigh's family for sharing and we'll look forward to seeing the stockings (and maybe trying needlepoint ourselves) next year! Have a wonderful weekend.
In class this morning Katherine, Jossie's mom, came in to share their family tradition of making spiced orange pomander balls. It was so fun! They began with a Navel orange and then used a toothpick to make holes in it, and then placed the cloves into the hole.
Katherine: Here are the oranges.
You press the toothpick into them and then push the cloves into the hole.
You can make a design.
Austin: I want to make a moon.
Louise: I want to make a star!
Jack: These are like little bits of trees.
It was so much fun! Thank you, Katherine, it was so great to have you in class with us this morning!
A Building Committee has been formed and they went on a mission to research a question that was asked: Who built the school?
Documentation from 12.1
Austin: Who built the school?
Toniann: Who do you think built the school?
Louise: The workers.
Austin: No, the workers didn't.
Louise: The workers and the trucks.
Austin: The workers with the trucks, Austin.
Toniann: Austin and Louise, I hear that you both think the workers and the trucks built the school.
How do we research this question? How can we find out more about your question?
Austin: Ask Marley?
Toniann: Should we get a committee together and ask Marley some questions about who built the school?
So this morning Marley gave the committee a few ideas for our next step in researching this question. She told us it was built in 1796 and that there might have been carriages and horses, not big vehicles. Marley suggested asking Gini, the Rector, from chapel and advised going downstairs to the hallway and to look at the pictures above the bench that are of the school.
We found the bench and looked at the pictures. We noticed the bell tower and how the front of the school looked different, but the same. We wondered about the pictures and if we could find out the date of when they were taken.
Then we heard a buzzing and saw a man with a big tool. We followed the sound and went into the chapel and found Sherman, the Heating and Cooling person, fixing the radiator. Austin asked him if he knew who built the school, Sherman answered, "I don't know it was here before I was born." Toniann said, "How do you find out about things that happened before you were born. Our research continues." He showed us his tools: a bandsaw, a large pipe wrench, and an electric saw.
Austin asked, "Is it a water pipe?" Sherman talked about steam and hot water and the boiler!
What a great day!
Rowan and Kian worked with the "shoparies", the term that Rowan has coined for the goods in the store.
Rowan: What do you want?
Kian: This! (brings a piece of food to Rowan)
Rowan: Let me see. (Looks through a small notebook)
Rowan: Ok, you got it.
Kian moves to the table to work with the food he got from the store.
Rowan: I have a wallet. What do you want?
Rowan: Yes! You want 1,2,3,4? I write it down (begins to look in the small hand book and gestures with his finger). You see this silly part?
Then Rowan, Sally and Will went to Rainey Room to visit the shop in that room to learn more about it. Lou Lou and Elle worked with wire and beads in the Brown Room classroom. When the group that visited the shop in Rainey Room came back they explored the materials offered in Brown Room. Elle and Will experimented with wire and piping to make paths for beads to travel. While Leigh, Charlie, Margaret and Kian experimented with photographing vehicles and worked with the bamboo tablet in the middle room until joining us again later.
At story time Toniann read Little Excavator and asked the following question to the children afterward "What job do you do well?"
Margaret: Take care of Bear Baby
Will: I cook.
Sally: I color.
Rowan: I rake.
Elle: I play and put my clothes on all by myself.
Lou Lou: Babysitter
Kian: Play with cars and trucks.
Charlie: I cook.
Music was festive with a seasonal favorite.
Today, Sally and Rowan were working on a project in the classroom using wire and beads when a call came in from the Rainey Room. They both rushed to answer it. There was initially some tension about whose turn it was to talk to Rainey friends, but as you can see in the video, Sally makes a decision that turns an ordinary classroom conflict into a beautiful moment of patience and understanding.
What you don't see in the video is that while Rowan is trying to connect with Rainey Room friends, Sally is back at work, keeping busy while she waits patiently. Sally did eventually get a turn, but what we're all learning in the Brown Room is that getting a turn isn't such a big deal. Being patient, being kind, communicating, working through challenges, appreciating a friend's enthusiasm--these are all so important and give us a special kind of joy and contentment.
We explored the kiln today and learned about how we fire work: what the clay looks like afterward, the effects of the glaze, the inside of the kiln and the furniture that we use inside it to stack pieces.
The video is a song from music called Sleeping Bunnies.
Just before clean-up, Lisa noticed Sam and Sally in construction and asked what they were up to. Sam explained, “It’s a house for me and Sally.” Leigh noticed and declared, “I wanna come too!” She joined in and built a wall around herself, adding a room to the house. Then Lou Lou and Elle arrived, exclaiming “Me too!” The children welcomed them, then Margaret and Charlie as well. It was getting a bit crowded, so they reconfigured the walls of the house--just in time, because then it began to rain. Leigh encouraged everyone to cover their heads, while Lou Lou sang, “Rain, rain, go away, come again another day.” Then a monster arrived! As you can see in the video, everyone stayed safe inside the house. Kian and Rowan even showed up with a set of keys to make sure that the door was locked before they nestled in too.
By the time Will and Toniann got back from a trip to the bathroom, the house had turned into a boat. There were still monsters lurking and the children began looking for them through their telescopes, then we ran out of time—but what an adventure!
Louise on the phone with Jossie
Louise: Hi Jossi, What you doing at the clay? What you making? Pizza?
Jossie: Cheese pisse.
Louise: That's my phone. That was Jossie!
Jossie: Louise, the pizza is ready!
Louise: What you like today? Strawberries?
Rowan: What you want? Water?
Jossie: Want pink food?
Sam: I have a flat bed truck with little trucks on it. When I went home I saw a truck with one on the front and one on the back. I looked at it and I said that's a flat bed.
Rowan: Kate wants strawberries and peanut butter and jelly. You want Austin and Kian?
(He uses small book to "lookup" what Kate wants.)
Louise: I want some pink toast.
Jossie: This is bacon.
Louise: I want bacon.
Louise: Here is your menu.
Rowan: What you want?
Louise: Bacon and hotdogs.
Rowan: What you want?
Louise: Oranges. I love oranges.
(Louise returns to Rowan after getting a request for cake from Elle & Grace.)
At second meeting today Toniann asked the children about the work that evolved in the classroom. There was so much excitement about it. Rowan said "I made food!" Louise "I was going to lunch from work." Jossie "I made pizza!"
A restaurant/take out was born today.
by Lisa & Rachael
Pieces of Tucker Room experiences.