Last week, during the first days we were all together, several of the children commented on a notable absence—our dear friend Will Mazzetti. During morning meeting last Wednesday, we looked at a Google map of the city and the location of Oyster-Adams, so that they could see that at that moment, Will really wasn’t far away. The children were happy to hear that his new school was near the Zoo; this gave them a sense of familiarity and helped to make his whereabouts feel a bit more concrete. The children talked about writing messages for Will, and we talked about writing to him as a group.
Today at morning meeting, we talked more about letter-writing. The children immediately began to talk about Will and to ask questions about where he is, what he’s doing, and what his new school is like. They wanted to take a trip to visit him at his new school, then reconsidered (because, as Rowan observed, “He’s busy doing work at school.”) and so they decided instead to request a play date.
Later in the day, a few children decided to write Will messages on their own. Grace explained that her note, covered in arrows, gave instructions for a meet-up: “It means go in a straight direction. Go straight away.” Grace stamped the message with Will’s symbol and ran down to the mailboxes to deliver it. She searched for a while before realizing he didn’t have a message box anymore.
Lisa: Why do you think he doesn't have a mailbox?
Grace: Because he’s not here.
Lisa: How can we get our letters to him?
Grace: We can send it. In a blue thing. A mailbox! But where is our mailbox?
When we returned to the classroom to ask others about locating a mailbox, Elle had written her own note to Will and was puzzling over how to deliver it, asking, “Where will we send it to him? We don’t know where his school is. I get cards at home in the mail, but I don’t know if everyone does. And how do we know where his home is?”
Today at the end of class we read a book of letters, The Day the Crayons Quit, and continued to think about communicating through letter-writing. We’ll keep generating questions and ideas as we unravel the mysteries of the postal system, correspondence, maps, and staying connected across distance.
by Lisa & Rachael
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