As we continue to plan and prepare for our first birthday celebration in the Brown Room, we have been using books as resources to encourage conversations and inspire ideas about birthdays! At today's morning meeting, we read, "The Secret Birthday Message" by Eric Carle. The children were fascinated by the illustrations and have been so attentive during our group story times this week! At the end of the story, the main character receives a gift for his birthday. As a group, we briefly discussed our individual experiences about receiving gifts on our own birthdays, and then jumped back into creating our friend Finlay's very special birthday gift from his Brown Room peers.
Remy: I'm making cake. I'm covering the blue and the grey. It's a bunny. Cate: No, it's a dragon. Wilder: I'm making a dinosaur and a fish. Ines (to Remy): What does your cake look like? Remy: It looks like little and small and big. I'm making a snake. Ines: Why did you make the cake? Remy: Because he likes it. Ines: What kind of blue are you using? Remy: Dark. (then switches colors) Ines: Which are you using now? Remy: Umm. This is not blue. This is bright blue. You see the colors? (looking at the jar of paint) Cate (to Remy): Why you paint? Remy: Because it's his birthday!
BLUE for Finlay ...
Who would like to work on painting Finlay's birthday message? During our initial birthday committee meeting yesterday, it was decided that the birthday gift we create for Finlay's celebration would be blue, because that is his favorite color. A variety of blue materials were collected and there was also a discussion about using blue paint to create the gift. Today, children were invited to contribute to the special blue birthday message by using different shades of blue paint on a long piece of paper which will be used in the creation of Finlay's "secret birthday message".
Continuing Collage Work.
Some children decided that their plan for the start of the morning would be to continue collage work that they previously started. Revisiting the selection of materials and finding new objects that we may not have previously worked with was both interesting and exciting. After finishing, Jade was extremely helpful in caring for our materials. She offered to clean all of the glue bottles that had been used throughout the work time. Thank you, Jade! The Brown Room children as a whole are really working hard on learning how to best care for the materials we use in both work and play experiences. As new materials are introduced into the classroom, we continue to practice and take pride in caring for our environment once we are finished using an item or space.
Thoughts conveyed throughout the gluing process - Cape: I'm gonna add more of this. I can feel the air (as he squeezes the bottle). Glues coming out. I squeeze it right here (showing Sam how to squeeze the glue bottle). I squeeze a little puddle. It bubbles! I see a little bit more room (as he decides where to squeeze his next amount of glue). Lucas: I need these glues. A lot of glues. Sticky (pulling fingers apart). Sticky sticky.
Thank you, Ms. Susan!
We had beautiful weather during both of our picture day mornings. If you hear your child speak about "Ms. Susan", she was a wonderful photographer who came prepared with tons of silly props to help bring out our best smiles. We are sure that the photos will turn out beautifully!
Working in the Outdoor Classroom.
We were really enjoying ourselves in the sandbox today. The children loved using construction vehicles, shovels, and scoops for filling up different containers with sand. The sandbox is a pretty large space where lots of opportunities for teamwork and conversations with friends are bound to happen. We are also getting used to cleaning the toys and equipment we use once we are finished in our "bubble sink"!
Brown Room friends LOVE snack time!
Sometimes we ask for snack as soon as we get to school, but we do our best to wait to eat until around 11:00am, right before we go outside to play. Did you know that we are always offering and trying new foods? Today was the first time we offered pineapple in the classroom and it was a big hit! While tasting, we did discover that eating pineapple can lead to some interesting sensations in our mouths... Remy: It's tickly. And sometimes it hurts. Wilder: It's tickly here (pointing at his tongue). Conversing with friends while enjoying delicious food is the best!