After we shopped for our books, we spent some time reading and got to know Chris and Caroline a little. Caroline read a couple of books to us too! We had a delightful time at the shop and Caroline and Chris told us they hope we come back soon.
Literacy in Table-Setting and Building Plans
Literacy emerged as a common theme across all our work today including parts of out daily routine and the work children did back at school in preparation for their building workshop.
During table-setting, children have many opportunities for real-life uses of math and literacy skills such as counting how many people we have, making sure we have enough chairs, and figuring out which place-cards we need for the day. While Grace and James set the table for lunch today we realized we needed a place-card for Jessica Kuhn as she was joining us for lunch and the field trip. Grace offered to write it. She wrote the letters as Jessica M. read them out loud. She explained to James as she drew on the purple place-card, “This is for another Jessica. I’m writing wings for her.” When Jessica Kuhn came into the room Grace asked her, “Do you like the color purple?” Jessica said, “I do. How did you know?” Grace replied, “I know because I noted it.”
Another opportunity for children today was to draft plans for possible building structures. Previously several children had suggested making a type of home and today Lou Lou said we should make a home for Shelly, a rock children, especially from the Rainey room, are especially fond of caring for in the outside classroom. So we invited children to draw their ideas for building. James drew a house for his stuffy, Hedgie and several children drew homes for Shelly and signs for Shelly's house. Louise made a floorpan, drawing around Shelly, "Shelly fits inside!" Children showed their knowledge, interest, and growing confidence in literacy concepts while they worked. After drawing, children spent time building with wood and loose parts.
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