Toniann's son, Evan, joined us today in class. The day began outside in the outdoor classroom for Backwards Day. The children gravitated to the sinks and filled up water containers. And so began the exploration that we had discussed yesterday on experimenting with leaves and water. Yesterday, children had picked leaves off a low hanging branch as we were cleaning up the outdoor classroom to head home. The children were asked, "Who were they for? What would they do with them?" A few said, "For mommy!" then another response was, "It should be put in water." The child was asked, "Why?" and the child said, " To see what happens."
And so this morning, there was such great enthusiasm for filling, pouring, and figuring out which container would get the most water into the large container. We found many types of containers and engaged in the delight of the water and worked as a collective unit. There was a lot of curiosity and intrigue about the red water pump. Water wouldn't pump out, so the children would pour it in from the back and watch it funnel out. Then they gathered some dried brown leaves and fresh green leaves. The children placed the leaves in the water container and then, for a moment, just watched the leaves rest at the top of the water. A few began to touch them and stroke the water. It was a quiet playful moment of accomplishment. The leaves floated, but no one seemed to care. They were more engaged with the act of moving the water from the sinks to the container and exploring during the process so that the goal didn't seem to matter.
After returning to the building the children asked to visit the room on the other side of the window outside our classroom. We looked for the entrance to the room and were greeted by the Rainey Room teachers and children. Brown Room children experienced the many different provocations around the room. Thank you, Rainey! We look forward to visiting you again very soon!
by Lisa & Rachael
Pieces of Tucker Room experiences.