"It's not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings." Ann Landers
“I’m like a grown up how I take care of my Baby Bear.” Margaret
The children have been taking on more responsibilities in the classroom and we began to discuss the importance of different jobs and responsibilities. Most of the children agreed mommies and daddies’ work is being on the computer, talking on the phone and having lunch. Jobs are important, but they are also ways to show that we care for each other and our space.
“We need someone to grows up seeds.” Will
“Mommy talks on the phone. That is a job. We can talk on our phone.” Louise
“Someone to teaches us how to do things. Like I can teach how to draw a bunny.” Elle
My mommy just takes care of me and gives me hugs. It can be a job like that when somebody is sad.” Jossie
We saw careful observation and deliberate work across many areas and projects in the classroom this week. The children have had many opportunities to think and observe, but we’ve recently seen a new level of patience, persistence, and reflection. This has led to more meaningful explorations and thoughtful discussions. Our patch of grass has been the subject of lots of observation and speculation. The children have watched all week with wonder and awe as it grows taller each day. They have taken great care in touching and watering it, reminding each other to be gentle and to not water it too much. As they’ve watched and guarded the seedlings, they’ve wondered how high it will grow and when we’ll need to trim it.
Mixing paints for the easel, we revisited photos from our first garden walk and talked about the colors we noticed in order to create a garden-inspired palette. The children pointed out different shades of green, but also the pinks and purples of flowers, and the dark reds of brick.
Our collection of crystals has provided lots of opportunities to examine, to discuss, to think critically, and to research. Charlie and Kian did careful observational drawings of the stones, studying their shapes, lines, and texture before using a reference book to classify them.
Elsewhere in the classroom, we used clay to explore the features of crystals and stones. After noticing and describing their appearance, we held them in order to feel their forms and textures, and then we used clay tools to replicate the, and in the process to notice even more.
by Lisa & Rachael
Pieces of Tucker Room experiences.