Afterward, some children chose to continue making messages for the homeless in hopes to reach enough for a second round to be delivered on another day.
Messages were also made for family members, teachers with recent birthdays, and friends. Lane made a message for Jack because he has been out sick. Children showed their developing empathy and care for others through these thoughtful and heart-warming messages.
Representing Workshop Ideas
In reviewing recent drawings of children's workshop ideas we realized we have some workshops children have yet to represent visually. We also knew Gigi, having started KW just yesterday, hadn't had an opportunity to show her ideas. So drawing workshop ideas was a choice for today. Maren drew a sewing machine to illustrate our Sewing Workshop (she also worked on her hand sewing!), Gigi drew a Light Workshop, and Evelyn began with the idea of a Building Workshop.
(Hover for descriptions of the children's illustrations.)
At the end of the day, the children asked Lisa and Rachael if it would be OK to leave the building up for Tucker children to see the next day. The teachers said yes which thrilled all of the proud and hardworking builders! Grace D. said she would even bring some of her Rainey friends to see what they had made.
We can't wait to find out the response of the other children tomorrow!!
Other Moments Together
Our time in the outdoor classroom this afternoon could not have been timed better with the weather. We enjoyed a break in the sun and from the wind while we lived up the moments together. Enjoy these photos of joyful times making an "ice cream sandwich" out of friends on the slide, a "rice krispie treat store," partner swinging, and other fun. Not pictured: Sally, Sam, and Austin who were such speedy runners nearly the entire time outside in chasing games full of laughter!
Gigi started KW today! She opened her place card and got right to work. Jossie gave her the lowdown on table setting and together the girls created a beautiful table composition.
On to Montrose Park!
This gorgeous day was perfect for our planned trip to Montrose Park. After lunch, we headed to the bus stop. While we were waiting for the bus, we saw Louise's mom out for a walk with her dog! We enjoyed the quick bus trip, and headed to the park. Children spent time noticing elements of nature large and small. We collected some natural materials in bags to be used for a possible nature workshop. Leigh carefully began a fairy house, and then with equal care, gathered the materials so it could be reconstructed at school. Louise, Gigi, Grace, and Grace all took photos, capturing things they want to remember for future work with materials. While walking and exploring, Grace D. said, " We can get a beautiful view. If we go higher, we can see heaven and Santa!" Before pick-up, children spent time drawing some of the aspects of their surroundings that they found interesting and beautiful.
Our budding photographers took over 50 pictures, more than were taken boy the teachers! Here's just a few examples. We will revisit them in the coming weeks.
Workshop Brainstorming, Continued
At meeting, we continued to think about possible workshop possibilities. Once again, great ideas were generated:
Louise - We could do a fashion show workshop. Like we could put decorations on the building and we could get some dolls and put some designs on them.
Lou Lou - I want to do that fashion one.
Joslin - We could do like a worky workshop... a workshop that you work inside...like build something with those materials, with nails and saws and stuff.
Sam - A bandaid workshop. A doctor workshop for when people get sick.
Grace M. - We could take care of people.
Lou Lou - My idea was to make a funny one... a sewing workshop.
During previous discussions, children had mentioned the possibility of making headbands. Today Grace M. helpfully offered, "I made a head band before.... I can show you! I might need to make a map of directions." However, Evelyn was able to start thinking about and working on head bands without Grace's instructions.
Evelyn worked almost independently through this process. She was able to take her idea and see it through to completion. As we work with materials, children learn their properties. Since the head band was made of paper, it soon ripped. Evelyn said, "It should have been wire." What a great idea! She worked with wire to make another headband. Although this was all she had time for today, Evelyn has plans to continue working with wire to make jewelry.
More Shiny Sewing!
Children sewed at the machine today. Grace M., Austin, and Joslin all carefully worked through the steps to guide fabric through the machine. Working at the same experience influenced the choices children made. They all worked with red shiny fabric and some coppery, shiny ribbon. Austin also layered materials and experiences by sewing on an easel painting.
Our Guests in Blake Hall
Each year, the church hosts homeless individuals, providing them with a warm place to sleep, and dinner and breakfast. Although they leave the building during the day, children notice the cots that are set up in Blake Hall. Today children worked on messages to help these visitors feel welcome in our shared space. After counting the number of beds to determine how many messages we would need, children got right to work. Grace D. carefully wrote "Have a good night." Lou Lou and Joslin made messages asking, "What's your name?" After all, as Jossie pointed out, "Their name is not just "Homeless."
Today's Drawing Challenge
This month, Jessica and Jill are working on a presentation for visiting educators. (The presentation will be on January 28th, all parents are welcome to attend.) At one point in the presentation, we will be introducing the KW teaching team. While we could include a photo, we thought it would be more fun to have children draw our portraits. We were impressed with the enthusiasm children demonstrated for this task! Some children chose to include themselves in the portrait. Grace M. gave us tutus, and Sam included a lot of details including teeth and earrings. Enjoy!
Field Trip and Sharing Exciting News
It’s been a while since we’ve taken a field trip in KW. So we thought we’d take advantage of the more mild temperatures, get outside, and explore our community. Today we ventured down to the canal.
Some highlights include:
-Discovering four ducks on the canal (we hadn't seen them in recent visits)
-Feeding the ducks
-Maren was excited to go as far down the canal as her sister Lily had previously
-Climbing the brick columns
-Having an ice cream treat at the end of lunch leftover from Jack's birthday celebration
Enjoy these photos from our adventure!
A little news from yesterday you may have heard about...
We continued to explore the topic of workshops through conversation and drawing.
Q: "What is a workshop?"
Lane: "A workshop is where you work."
Sally: "A workshop is where you do work and shopping. Work and shop, work and shop."
Q: What kind of workshop would you like to do?
Maren: "Any workshop like my sister did" (last year).
Jack:" I like to build. I like to build with anything."
Lane: "A making workshop where you make stuff."
Sally: "A color workshop..."
Grace D.: "We might mix colors."
Grace D.: "Sewing workshop where you sew clothes, shorts, pants..."
Lane: "And headbands?"
Evelyn: "I haven't done building before."
Austin: "Yeah, building!"
Some workshop ideas communicated through drawing:
Before starting to sew, Joslin and Sally visited the materials that have been brought in by parents. They found a few shiny things that could be included in their sewing. Many thanks to parents who have brought in these cool materials. It's not too late! Feel free to add to our materials collection throughout the next week or two!
During our meetings children occasionally initiate conversation about our ongoing investigative wonderings. This was the case today when Grace . said, "I have something to say." When the children do this it causes us to wonder about the ways children process concepts over time and how they have come to understand the culture of our meeting time together. They seem to reflect back to us that meeting is a time when we can think, wonder, and reflect; work through our thoughts to better understand a topic.
Here's what was said today:
Grace: "Light is a kind of thing that reflects your body."
Lou Lou: "Light can reflect sometimes glass and when the moon goes down and the sun comes up it can reflect light."
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