On Wednesday, we built with vehicles and holiday lights. Cal and Seon built a series of roads and bridges and filled them with vehicles.
Seon - There's so many vehicles, I can't count!
Cal - Yeah, so much traffic.
Seon - Yeah, the blue car can't move!
Amidst all this big building, small world has still been going strong. The holiday theme has continued, although small world inhabitants also had to get their work done. Cate's creature put out a "Do Not Disturb" sign, "Because we are having a special meeting and no one can disturb." Familiar story lines were also part of small world this week. Finlay told us the Grinch visited small world.
Finlay - The grinch came and stole all the presents, and just like in the story, he attended the feast and he turned good.
Cape - Yeah, his heart grew three sizes.
What is special about getting a message?
Small World Holidays
The holiday season has hit small world. We've added new materials to this experience and children have responded by creating new environments and story lines. Here's a sample of what took place today:
Saul - It's Christmas and Hanukkah.
Hugh - The Dino (the character that he's using) Has to work on Christmas.
Saul - We've got liquid presents, it's a present with lots of liquid inside. For drinking.
Finlay - I made a stocking for the stingray. It's Christmas morning.
Brigitte - Where do the animals find presents for their friends?
Cate - From Santa!!!
Saul - We got candies and toy trucks.
Meanwhile, Hugh is busy cooking a Christmas and Hanukkah dinner.
One friend considers having a "boy only" house, but that would mean having no moms or sisters.
Hugh - If I didn't have a mommy, that means it would be just dad and me in the house. And if I didn't have a mom, my dad will make so many mistakes. You know, mom is like the boss at home.
Making Persimmon Bread!
We are fortunate to have a beautiful persimmon tree in our outdoor classroom. Last week, we were able to get a few off the tree. It's a good thing we got them then, because the birds seem to be enjoying them this week. Today we chopped, measured, and mixed to make persimmon bread that we will serve tomorrow and Friday. Hopefully it will be good, because at this point, some of us have doubts.
"It looks disgusting, right now."
Remy, as the batter was poured Ito the pan.
On Wednesday, Brigitte attended the DC Reggio Emilia Alliance (DCREA) meeting. DCREA is a study group committed to supporting professional discourse through research and collaboration. For this meeting, attendees were encouraged to bring an artifact, documentation, or a photo from their work that reflected their values. Brigitte brought the documentation and the table runner pictured here.
Attendees at the meeting walked around and looked at everyone's work. they shared their comments or reflections through written messages. Here's a sampling of the messages that were left near the KW work samples.
The holiday spirit is in the air! Each December, classroom prepare gifts for the people that support our programs throughout the year. This year, the KW crew is working on a gift for Kurt. We'll be making him a clay dish that will be filled with some sort of sweet treats. As we talked about the gift, we asked if the children knew Kurt.
Ford - He's a worker. In the window (the window near where we sit for dismissal). In the office.
As we began to work with clay, several children were eager to get their hands on it!
Bailee - My favorite thing is to touch it (the clay).
We started working on a dish.... we'll keep you posted on our progress!
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