Wire in the Outdoor Classroom
It was a beautiful spring morning and we brought wire and styrofoam along with a variety of threading materials into the outdoor classroom today. Children also had the opportunity to gain more practice with the wire cutters.
Charlton: I’m clipping wire. I think this will fit. Look this red thing.
Louisa: I want to do one. Look.
Charlton: Blue wire look at the materials.
Ellie: I want to do red.
Emma: I want the cutting scissors, Elena.
Ellie: This is mine (wire cutters).
Emma: I could try the blue one.
Ellie: I keep dropping beads on the floor.
Louisa: This end goes to this end (touching the end of one piece of wire to the end of another).
Ellie: Button caps. I need this. I working hard on this for mama.
Emma: How does it look, Elena?
Ellie: I choose button caps.
Emma touched a pieces of fabric on the materials table: Want to try collaging.
Ellie remarked holding up a piece of bent wire: It’s not collaging today. I want this. I will add this to my sculpture. This one wrinkled like a boat.
Emma: Look it’s a spooky ghost.
Ellie: A ghost!
Construction and Book Browsing After Snack
After snack and our mystery reader visit, we explored the Brown Room a bit more before dismissal. A number of the children chose to build collaboratively in the construction area, while a few other chose to spend time in the cozy corner.
Ellie was building a structure in the construction area when Ramsey walked towards her. The structure had four walls, but one was not as tall as the other. As she pointed to the shorter wall, which was made with a thin block, she asked, “Ramsey, help me!”
Ramsey went to the block shelf and started searching through the blocks, pulling a number of blocks off the shelf and putting them on the floor.
Karen asked Ramsey, “Is there a specific block you’re looking for?”
Ramsey replied, “Yes. This one. It’s not as big on the side,” he explained as he held up a block the same exact size and shape of the one in the short wall of Ellie’s “house.” He stacked his thin block on top of Ellie’s thin block creating a wall the same height as the other three. Ellie pointed to where the block walls met, “This has corners."
Ramsey moved onto another project, “This is my boat. This is the engine.” Charlton entered the block area and joined Ramsey in his new project. "Charlton is helping me now. Helping me build the boat." -Ramsey
When Ramsey joined Charlton, Ellie invited Isabelle to work on another "house" with her.
This Week's Mystery Readers
We were treated to two mystery reader visits this week. We look forward to welcoming mystery readers with an in-person option next week! On Monday, Mimi's mom Nan shared stories with us featuring Pete the Cat and Mercer Mayer's Little Critter. Louisa's grandmother, "Mimi" visited us on Friday and shared three of Louisa's favorite stories: The Runaway Pea, Ten Apples Up On Top, and If You Give a Moose a Muffin. If you haven't had a chance to join us as a mystery reader yet, there are still a few visits available on the sign-up genius.
Looking Ahead to Next Week