The children have been noticing the smallest parts of trees and have been eager to bring them into the Rainey Room to share. Today, Louise brought in catkins she found a walk. Her finding sparked a conversation about pollen and some of our favorite insects, butterflies and bees. As the year progresses, we have observed the children are making more connections in their conversations and notice how interconnected our world is.
Margaret: I just know its pollen cause my mommy tells me pollen is shaped like this.
Its something that makes some people sneeze. It makes my sister Hadley and my mom sneeze.
Sally: You know butterflies like pollen. Because they get nectar.
Rowan: And also honeybees give lavender to flowers.
Austin: Honeybees give honey to people
Lisa: How do they make honey?
Rowan: In their hive.
Jack: They drink the nectar and then they turn it into honey.
Leigh: Bees make flowers out of honey.
Austin: Pollen is yellow. I saw pollen on the street.
Elle: Pollen comes from trees and it falls down from trees and its all here at the start of the spring and then it falls off. And then it turns into flowers. And then when you pick it up it in a bag it turns into (rot?) it turns into brown.
Leigh also shared something she brought in, “Yesterday I found this with my mommy on the side walk when I was walking here and I wanted to photocopy it so mommy helped me photocopy it.” Grace helped Leigh execute a plan where one colored the paper, while the other decorated it with beads. Thank you so much for creating a space for the children to share their interests at home and at school. It reinforces the understanding that their ideas are valuable and encourages active participation in their explorations
by Lisa & Rachael
Pieces of Tucker Room experiences.