Win Chooses Her Symbol!
As we started our week, Win began the process of choosing her symbol. On the first day, we asked a few of the children to join Win in exploring a variety of symbol stamps.
Karen: Friends, can we tell Win about how we use our symbols in the Brown Room?
Fay described how to use the symbol stamp: We put our symbols on paper and we push it on paper to see it.
Ragnar explained how he uses symbols when he makes messages for his friends to show for whom the message was made and that it is from him:
I want it to be from me. And I want the other friends to know that it’s for them. I think she should choose the leaf.
Fay: Or the cakes because I love cake.
Win: The piggy. I gonna do two (picking up the pig and the shoe stamps).
Fay: She try the shoe.
On the second day, Win worked with a set of symbols that included those which she seemed to prefer the most during her first exploration:
Before choosing her symbol, Charlton and Ford joined Win to “read” the welcome messages that her Brown Room friends had made for her before she arrived.
Ford: You put your symbol on a message.
Charlton: That’s from Ellie. That from Emma. Their symbol means they made it.
Win looked through the collection of symbols and stamped a few more times. As she tried out the symbol stamps, she recalled, “Piggy. Piggy. Cake. Cake.” Ford cheered her on emphatically, encouraging her to pick the symbol that he liked the best for her, “Piggy! Piggy! Piggy! Piggy!”
After decidedly choosing the birthday cake symbol, Win declared, "Cake, Cake!"
She returned to the Brown Room and Ragnar, who remembered working with Win on the first day and asked, “Did she choose the leaf?”
Once she chose her symbol, Win got to work quickly putting it to use by making a message for her older brother Maxon and using her symbol on it so that he would know it was from her. Ragnar and Fay were excited to make messages for her as well and deliver them to her mailbox.
Elsewhere in the Brown Room: Painting, Building and Tracing at the Light Table