What will we find outside?
We decided that it would be a great day to further explore St. John's and become more acquainted with another area of our school. We took a trip to the front lawn to go on a Nature Hunt! Last week, we introduced a "natural materials tray" to the children and decided to use it for collecting items found in the outdoor classroom space. We collected sand, mulch, moss, sticks, and dried leaves. Children have also started to bring in their own natural material findings from home (or found on the way to school) and we have enjoyed sharing those with each other as we arrive.
Today, we hoped that being in a different outdoor area would provide more opportunities for collecting a larger variety of natural materials.
That being said, we knew that before we began to explore freely we would have to discuss a new set of expectations for how to keep our bodies safe while outside of the school. We came up with some great thoughts together!
Stay on the sidewalk. And maybe hold hands. - Lily
Don't get hit by a car. - Finlay
Don't touch garbage. - Bea
What did we think we would find out in the front lawn? We had a discussion during morning meeting and these were some of our thoughts ...
A Dinosaur, A Book, A Tower, Leaves, Acorns, Phones, Trees, and Trucks.
What did we actually find? No phones or dinosaurs, but LOTS of other interesting things!
This includes some things on the property that we have never really noticed before.
We also took notice of some things that we did recognize.
One of those things being our friend, Cape, who was on a walk with his mom and brother while we were outside!
Responding to the message from Elyse
After receiving a message from Elyse last week, we knew that we would love to create a message of our own send to her in response! Yesterday, we were able to create a beautiful message using collage materials similar to the message that Elyse sent to us.
As we revisited our work from yesterday we wondered aloud, "how will she know who the message is from"?
Finlay: Use the symbols!
We also discussed what type of text / words we would like to include in the message response.
Cate has spent some really fun virtual learning days with Elyse and shared with us that she most recently worked on a project using paper.
"I crumble papers up with her on the computer." - Cate
We had some very interesting group discussions about Elyse's symbol both yesterday and today. We have now not only seen her symbol on the message we received, but also in other areas of the school including our school post office. What does Elyse call her symbol?
It's a swirl - Cate
No, a plate. - Jade
A whirlpool! - Finlay
A snake. - Daniel
A snail. - Hugh
What do snails look like? - Lily
Finlay made a suggestion that we ask her to write us another message back. It seems like we might be developing a penpal relationship with our friend, Elyse!
"Please can you write us a message back?" - Finlay
Before you can mail a letter you need to address the envelope and most importantly, choose a really nice postage stamp!
I want the hearts because it's my symbol. - Lily
Berries! - Finlay
(Finlay often brings "berries" to school that he finds on his walk here in the mornings)
We can't wait until we receive our next message from you, Elyse!
Mystery Reader - Katie!
We LOVE mystery readers! Today we read three really great stories.
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything - by Linda Williams
Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn - by Kenard Pak
Hair Love - by Matthew A. Cherry
Hair Love is a book that you can purchase through our own school book fair site!
Some children recognized it today and were excited to tell us that they also read it at home.
Thank you, Katie (Remy's wonderful mommy) for reading some really awesome books to us today!