We're starting today's blog with the first official Rainey Room class photo, taken yesterday. Thanks to Charlie's family for the inspiration. After many attempts, we mostly got everyone together. And by the end, we had a new respect for our school photographer, Stephen.
Yesterday, Will shared the collection of sharks teeth he found over the summer. The children were fascinated and several spent time with Jen examining them with the digital microscope and drawing pictures of them.
Today we were lucky to have warm weather for our first backwards day. We found our old friend, Shelly! She had gone to the ocean while we were away, but now she's back and ready for action. We had lots of other adventures in the outdoor classroom, including exploring the old water pump. Children were curious about who built it and when. They wanted to know why it didn't work and how it could be fixed. Neither the teachers nor the parents we asked knew the history of the pump. We'll have to do some investigating.
Kian found some huge rocks and assembled them into a collection, carefully washing each one and placing them into a box to carry inside. He told his friends, "Don't touch these. They're very fragile."
Later in the classroom, we spent more time examining objects in our collections area. We puzzled over a collection of small objects, observing, touching, describing and wondering before Jack recognized them as sea glass. We also went on a mission to identify one of the rocks in our collection, using reference books. No luck, though. So we'll keep trying.
by Lisa & Rachael
Pieces of Tucker Room experiences.