...we made nature collages
... we took a tour of St. John's
Together they explored the church, went up the bell tower (above Molly's office), discovered the atrium, used the elevator, met other classrooms and found the big "Imagination Brain". What an adventure!
On Tuesday ...
... the birthday committee worked on Lily's present
Lily knew immediately which color she would choose for her birthday celebration:
"Of course, my favorite color is red!"
In order to represent current interests in the classroom we used natural materials to paint Lily's red birthday message. Cate, Remy, and Daniel could choose from different types of flowers such as roses, calla lilies, guernsey lilies, and tall sanicles. Remy described her experience as "Messy. Drippy. It is different". Daniel also said "The paint is dropping." after dipping a big rose into paint. Cate noticed that some flowers are more delicate than others, and that their stems can break more easily. While painting we practiced applying different amounts of pressure to the paper.
... lovies got a new house
"Maybe I can make a house for Cooncoon and Cookie." - Finlay
And so it began...
... we searched through the school directory
The school's directory can be found right above our message center. In there the children can find every child or staff member at St. John's, their name, photo and symbol. The children show a great curiosity about other classrooms and teachers and this is another way we're trying support their interests. Besides fostering connections it also promotes face and name recognition and early literacy.
Daniel: That's Maxon. I go to Maxon's house sometimes. When it's Fridays.
Lily: That's Grace's teacher. (pointing to Rachel) Why is there no Jessica on this page?
After asking and learning about Victor, the wonderful person that constructs, repairs and brings some of the teachers ideas to life here at St. John's, Daniel has a question about another employee as St. John's, Jackson, our business manager.
Daniel: What's that boy? Does he fix everything?