The first step in our birthday committee work is an interview with the birthday children to learn more about them. Asking about their favorite things and materials helps to guide the design of our cards—and to learn more about our friends. Today, Will’s birthday committee decided to start in his absence by talking about what we know about Will and what we’d like to know.
Lisa: Ask him if he likes ambulances?
Rowan: If he likes police.
Lisa: Ask him if he likes police?
Lisa: Police officers or police cars?
Rowan: Police cars.
Kian: And phone too.
Lisa: Ask him if he likes phones?
Lisa: Like a phone like we have in the classroom, or a cell phone?
Kian: A train phone.
Lisa: A train phone?
Lisa: Okay, ask him if he likes train phones.
Sally: He like train phones.
Lisa: Okay, Sally, what do you want to know about Will?
Rowan: He likes headphones.
Lisa: Does he like headphones?
Louise: I got purple headphones.
Lisa: What do you do when you wear headphones?
Louise: I wear them on the plane because I’m listen to my iPad.
Lisa: Do you watch movies or do you listen to music?
Louise: Frozen on the iPad.
Lisa: Do you want to ask Will if he likes Frozen?
Louise: Um, no.
Lisa: Do you want to ask Will if he likes any movies?
Lisa: Sally and Sam…
Lisa: You think he likes blocks?
Lisa: Okay. Louise has just told us she thinks he likes blocks. Have you seen him play with blocks?
Lisa: Okay. What else have we seen Will play with?
Rowan: Him likes flashlights.
Kian: He likes tractors.
Lisa: I think you’re right. I think I’ve seen him play with all those things. Sally and Sam, what does Will like to do in Early Birds?
Sally: He likes that one (picking up a flashlight).
Rowan: He likes microphones (picks up a microphone).
Lisa reads the list so far, then asks “What are his most favorite things? What else do we know about Will? Sam, what do you know about Will?”
Lisa: He likes trains?
Sam: And turtles.
Lisa: Does he have a favorite animal? Do you know what Will’s favorite animal is?
Louise: He likes cats.
Kian: He likes phones.
Lisa: Okay, he can like cats and phones.
Louise: I love cats.
Lisa: What else? Do you know what Will’s favorite food is? Should we ask him?
Lisa: You think his favorite food is bread?
Lisa: Okay, we can ask him. What other things do we want to ask him? Do you think he has a favorite book?
Kian: He likes cheese. And those and those (pointing to a sand table on the floor with rocks, tiles, trees, and stones).
Lisa: What are those and those?
Kian: Walls and mud.
Lisa: He likes walls and he likes mud. Okay…
Kian: …and cheese (pointing to wooden trees).
Lisa: Trees! He likes trees! Okay, we’re gonna get ready to go back to the classroom. Is there anything else we want to know about Will? What else are you curious about?
Just then, a group of Rainey Room children come in with their teacher to conduct their own birthday committee interview. We ask them for suggestions for questions we can ask Will.
Elena: Maybe trees, or trains, or rocks.
Sally: Remote control (picking up a controller from the dramatic play area).
Melanie: What are some questions we’re going to be asking Kate?
Rowan: Him likes this (bringing over an airplane seat belt).
Lisa: What is that?
Elena: It’s a seatbelt for the airplane.
Lisa: Should we ask him if he likes flying on airplanes?
Louise: Yeah. Pretend.
Lisa: We’ll ask if he likes to pretend he’s on an airplane?
Melanie gave us a few more ideas. Sometimes the Rainey Room children ask about favorite books, any lovies the birthday child may have at home, or just favorite things in general. At snack, we revisited our discussion and Rowan added one more thing to the list: flowers.
Whew! Get ready, Will. This is going to be quite an interview…
by Lisa & Rachael
Pieces of Tucker Room experiences.