While making a pinch pot on Wednesday, Hugh flipped his over and noticed it looked like an egg. He added a flat circle to transform the pot into a sunny-side-up egg. Seeing him work, Frannie also made one. Then on Thursday, Seon made a sunny-side-up egg, along with tiny pancakes for small world.
In a similar fashion, children borrowed ideas from one another on Thursday. Jade started rolling coils, with the intention of making a container from them. She discovered that her coil also looked like a snail. Intrigued by this idea, Seon and Wilder made snails of their own.
Spooky, Shadowy Structures
Small Scale Building
Book Fair is in the Air!
A Quick Look at our Week
We are having a great time exploring the neighborhood Halloween decorations! We will spend time with clay this week and review the documentation about families eating together. Please check tomorrow's blog to see the highlights from today's walk and our recent work on book fair centerpieces.
Here's three more books that the children have been enjoying! Check them out at the Book Fair!
Inaugural Use of the Table Runners!
Halloween in Small World
Halloween is in the air... even in small world. Yesterday, the animals that live in this world went trick -or -treating. The goodies include bubble gum, chocolate fish and chocolate cake. Conveniently, the animals don't need costumes as they are already dressed up as animals. These creatures only visit animal houses, not the homes of people.
Finlay- Definitely not at people's houses -- just animals -- because people hunt us.
Frannie - My small world is a restaurant called Georgetown Club.
Cate - Yeah! It's a real place. I have been there. I had ice cream.
Frannie - Yeah! And there's also chocolate cake.
Cate - I got lots of bubble gums. I love your house!
Book Fair Selections!
Here are three books that the KW crew has enjoyed recently. All three will be available at the book fair which begins a week from today! We hope to share more titles with you next week.
A Fall Virtual Gallery
Happy Birthday, Sam!
Thinking about Joy
Joy is one of the St. John's values and it is also a category of book fair books. KW was tasked with making a joy-inspired centerpiece for the table that will feature the joy-related books. This is an abstract concept, so our group started with a conversation. As expected, the children had several wonderful ideas to share. Children collected shiny, sparkly materials and created a "Joy Like A Fountain" centerpiece.
A Halloween Theme in Small World
The big idea in small world was Halloween. Both yesterday and today, children created a neighborhood with their buildings and had their figures go trick-or-treating.
A Quick Look at our Week
Our KW week has started off strong! We are preparing a birthday meal for Sam, which will be presented to her tomorrow. We also have started our conversations for the book fair centerpieces. Last, but certainly not least, we will finish our table runners and begin to put them to use!
On Wednesday evening, Molly, Elena and three teachers attended a DCREA meeting. DCREA is a DC-based Reggio study group "committed to elevating professional discourse through research and collaboration." On Wednesday, Sandy Lanes was the speaker. Sandy has worn a lot of educational hats in her career and is currently the host of the "Awakening to Reggio" podcast. Sandy spoke about the image of the child and creating a culture of connection. She encouraged teachers, when they notice something happening in their classrooms to ask themselves the question, "What does it mean that...?" So....
"What does it mean that KW children are so invested in the
time they spend creating small worlds?"
When we ask the children, they usually say something like, "Well, it's fun." When we look more closely, we can speculate about the attraction. Here's some possibilities:
The Rainey children spent time working with manipulatives this afternoon. As they measured each other with these materials, they're counting, collaborating, and solving problems. Karen, Emma, and Elena all stopped by to admire their work.
A Beautiful Building
Sensational Small World
Table Runner Work
The KW program is a mixed age group, allowing for children to make connections with children that they don't work and play with in the morning program. We have seen a number of friendships and supportive relationships form. For example, children often make messages for a friend from another class.
The children also share their knowledge and expertise with one another. Yesterday, Lucas was working on a ginkgo transformation drawing. Ellie came over and was impressed with the train he was creating. However, she wasn't sure how to get started. Lucas came around to her side of the story and explained the process. Both children enjoyed the interaction!
This and That
Once it stopped raining, we had a great time outside together this week. Of course, small world building, messages, and puzzles continued to be popular!
We were so thrilled to welcome Cal to our KW group today! He did a little bit of everything, including serving as one of our table setters! We're looking forward to seeing him again on Friday!
The Table Runner Takes Shape!
We have almost completed all of our square for the table runners. It's time to think about how we will put them together! Luckily, the KW children are excellent problem solvers!
Working on the Layout
After measuring the tables yesterday, children organized the squares on the three tables. Cape, Louisa, and Jade took the lead on this work. Later Mimi, Lily, and Seon checked out the design and gave their approval.
Seon - How do you do that? (Attach the squares together.)
Brigitte - We will sew them with the machine.
Seon - You have to go straight!
Cape - I want Cully's square next to mine and Jade's.
A Look at our Projections
Earlier this week, we had a Zoom team meeting with Amelia Gambetti. After looking at our projections, she encouraged us to carry forward our September ideas that didn't yet happen. These are highlighted in green on the projections sheet on the left. During October, you can expect to see us use the clay gifts outside, make clay vases for table setting, and begin family research on eating together.
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